Aortic air embolus following pulmonary tumor radiofrequency ablation.

Academic Article


  • Aortic air embolism following a computed tomography (CT) guided percutaneous transthoracic procedure is a rare occurrence, but one that can have dire consequences. We present a case of a 48-year old female diagnosed with aortic air embolism during percutaneous radiofrequency ablation of a pulmonary mass. A large amount of intra-aortic air can be seen on the CT images just before the patient suffered acute cardiac arrest. Although this is a rare occurrence, recognition and management of this complication is important for physicians who perform any percutaneous transthoracic procedures.
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  • Air embolism, CT-guided transthoracic, Hyperbaric therapy, Radiofrequency ablation
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    Pubmed Id

  • 21684283
  • Author List

  • Stimpson R; Patel S; Shah R; Huang J; Chhadia S; Yedavalli V; Saker M
  • Start Page

  • 341
  • End Page

  • 343
  • Volume

  • 11
  • Issue

  • 4