Cerebral air embolism complicating CT-guided trans-thoracic needle biopsy of the lung

Rajesh Thomas, Balamugesh Thangakunam, Rekha Alev Cherian, Richa Gupta, Devasahayam Jesudas Christopher

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Abstract

Background and Aims: Systemic air embolism is recognized as a rare but potentially fatal complication of trans-thoracic needle biopsy of the lung. Methods: We report the case of a young female who developed fatal cerebral air embolism following computed tomography (CT) guided needle biopsy of a lung mass. Results: Immediately after the procedure, the patient went into cardio-respiratory arrest. Despite adequate resuscitation and ventilatory support, she showed little recovery in her neurological status and subsequently died. CT scan of the brain confirmed cerebral arterial air embolism. Conclusion: Radiologists and physicians need to be aware of this rare but potentially fatal complication of needle lung biopsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1-e3
JournalClinical Respiratory Journal
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Genetics(clinical)

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