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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-36

Treatment of massive systemic air embolism during lung biopsy


1 Department of Radiology, Division of Interventional Radiology, Balamand University, Beirut, Lebanon; Department of Radiology, Division of Interventional Radiology, Piedmont Newton Medical Center, Covington, GA, USA
2 Department of Radiology, Balamand University, Beirut, Lebanon

Correspondence Address:
Abbas Chamsuddin
Saint George University Medical Center, P. O. Box: 166 378, Achrafieh, Beirut 11 00 2807, Lebanon

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2542-7075.199570

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Percutaneous needle biopsy of lung lesions is commonly used and is usually regarded as a safe procedure with limited morbidity and extremely rare mortality. Most frequent complications are pneumothoax, pulmonary bleeding and hemoptysis. Other rare complications include systemic air embolus, tumor implantation and empyema. Systemic air emboli are extremely rare with a published incidence of 0.02' from a lung biopsy survey in the United Kingdom to 0.07' in the literature, but are serious and can be fatal. We present a case of massive air embolism occurring during lung biopsy and describe the technique used for immediate treatment.


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