Air Embolism of the Brain –  a Case Report

Authors: I. Hanke;  A. Kodýtková;  I. Penka
Authors‘ workplace: Chirurgická klinika LF MU a FN Brno
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2015; 78/111(3): 359-362
Category: Case Report


Air embolism was described in neurosurgery and cardiac surgery, diving or childbirth. It can develop as a result of chest injury or during laparoscopic procedures, when a larger caliber vein is injured. Recently, we have witnessed exponential increase in the use of central venous accesses. At present, air embolism is most frequently seen when central venous catheters are being handled. It is a rare but potentially lethal complication. We wish to present our experience with air embolism clinically manifested as a stroke on a case of a 55-year-old patient treated for acute diverticulitis. The authors propose preventive steps to avoid air embolism.

Key words:
air embolism – central venous catheter – complication of treatment – stroke

The authors declare they have no potential conflicts of interest concerning drugs, products, or services used in the study.

The Editorial Board declares that the manu­script met the ICMJE “uniform requirements” for biomedical papers.


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