Air embolism following central venous access device removal

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We experienced a living-donor liver transplant recipient who presented with unexpected cerebral air embolism and transient neurologic abnormalities that subsequently developed just after the removal of the pulmonary artery catheter from the central venous access device” Kim et al (2016).

Abstract:

Cerebral air embolism is a rare but potentially life-threatening complication. We experienced a living-donor liver transplant recipient who presented with unexpected cerebral air embolism and transient neurologic abnormalities that subsequently developed just after the removal of the pulmonary artery catheter from the central venous access device. One day after the initial event, the patient’s neurologic status gradually improved. The patient was discharged 30 days after liver transplantation without neurologic sequelae.

Reference:

Kim, S.K., Jun, I.G., Jang, D.M., Lim, J., Hwang, G.S. and Kim, Y.K. (2016) Cerebral air embolism and subsequent transient neurologic abnormalities in a liver transplant recipient following the removal of the pulmonary artery catheter from the central venous access device: a case report. Korean Journal of Anesthesiology. 69(1), p.80-3.

doi: 10.4097/kjae.2016.69.1.80.

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