Fatal Air Embolism as a Complication of CT-Guided Needle Biopsy of the Lung

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Abstract

Abstract:

A CT-guided needle lung biopsy carries a risk of potential air embolization. We present a rare case of air embolization after this procedure. Postmortem CT revealed air in the cerebral arteries and the left ventricle. This complication is extremely rare; however, it becomes fatal when it happens. Several points to prevent this fatal complication are discussed.

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