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SYMPOSIUM: EMBOLISM IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 73-76

Vascular air embolism


Department of Trauma Surgery, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA

Correspondence Address:
Stephanie Gordy
Emergency General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, Oregon Health and Science University, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Mail Code L611, Portland, Oregon
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-5151.109428

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Vascular air embolism is a rare but potentially fatal event. It may occur in a variety of procedures and surgeries but is most often associated as an iatrogenic complication of central line catheter insertion. This article reviews the incidence, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of this phenomenon.


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