Aortic air embolus following pulmonary tumor radiofrequency ablation.

Authors:
Vivek Yedavalli
Vivek Yedavalli
Stanford University
Neuroradiology Fellow
Neuroradiology
Palo Alto, California | United States

Radiol Case Rep 2016 Dec 4;11(4):341-343. Epub 2016 Oct 4.

Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 836 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA.

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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December 2016
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