Publication
Title
Ventilation-induced massive lethal air embolism and subcutaneous emphysema in a patient with a lung cavern
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Abstract
The simultaneous occurrence of subcutaneous emphysema and intravascular air due to an air embolism is a rare condition. Here, we report a patient with COPD who developed a severe episode of hemoptysis due to rupture of a previously undiagnosed lung cavern. Intubation and ventilation led to the development of both massive subcutaneous emphysema and a massive air embolism, resulting from aspiration of air through a torn pulmonary vessel in the cavern. The dramatic amount of intravenous air and subsequent conduction along the venous system to the right heart and pulmonary trunk caused major hemodynamic compromise and ultimately death. The degree of subcutaneous emphysema, especially the massive venous air embolism, was unprecedented.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Respiratory care. - Dallas, Tex.
Publication
Dallas, Tex. : 2015
ISSN
0020-1324
Volume/pages
60:1(2015), p. E6-E10
ISI
000350915400024
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Last edited 17.10.2017
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