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.