Systemic arterial air embolism and tension pneumothorax: Two complications of transthoracic percutaneous thin-needle biopsy in the same patient

D. Regge, T. Gallo, J. Galli, A. Bertinetti, C. Gallino, E. Scappaticci

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Abstract

Systemic arterial air embolism and tension pneumothorax are two rare and severe complications of transthoracic fine-needle biopsy. We report on a patient who developed both complications during the same procedure and recovered successfully after resuscitation and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Favourable outcome of systemic air arterial embolism has been reported infrequently in the literature. In our case tension pneumothorax may have influenced favourably the course of the illness due to collapse of distal airways and the reduction of the venous return to the heart from the affected side.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-175
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Radiology
Volume7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Keywords

  • Air embolism
  • CT
  • Lung biopsy
  • Pneumothorax

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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