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Case Report
Nonfatal Systemic Air Embolism: A Grave Complication of Computed Tomography-Guided Percutaneous Transthoracic Needle Biopsy
1 Department of Radiology, University Hospital Center Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia  
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Polyclinic Medico, Rijeka. Croatia  
3 Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Center Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia  
4 Department of Neurology, University Hospital Center Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia  
5 Department of Neurology, University Hospital Center Rijeka; University of Rijeka, School of Medicine, Rijeka, Croatia  
Eurasian J Med 2018; 50: 44-46
DOI: 10.5152/eurasianjmed.2018.17091
Key Words: Air embolism, CT-guided biopsy, needle core lung biopsy
Abstract

Transthoracic computed tomography-guided core needle biopsy (TTNB) is a well-established method for diagnosing focal pulmonary lesions. However, the dangers associated with this method as well as the significant number of complications caused by it cannot be ignored. Systemic air embolism is a rare but potentially fatal complication that can accompany transthoracic needle biopsies of pulmonary lesions. In this study, we report nonfatal systemic air embolism as a complication of a transthoracic needle core biopsy of a subpleural nodule in the right upper pulmonary lobe of a patient with hemoptysis. Although extremely rare, the complication may result in a transient myocardial ischemia, which is presented with a transient depression of the ST segment.

 

Cite this article as: Kukuljan M, Kolić Z, Vukas D, Bonifačić D, Vrbanec K. Nonfatal Systemic Air Embolism: A Grave Complication of Computed Tomography-Guided Percutaneous Transthoracic Needle Biopsy. Eurasian J Med 2018; 44-6.

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