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Fatal paradoxical pulmonary air embolism complicating percutaneous computed tomography-guided needle biopsy of the lung



Fatal paradoxical pulmonary air embolism complicating percutaneous computed tomography-guided needle biopsy of the lung



Australasian Radiology 48(2): 204-206



A 63-year-old man with left upper zone haziness on chest X-ray and an infiltrative lesion with a pleural mass in the left upper lobe on CT scan was scheduled for CT-guided percutaneous trans-thoracic needle biopsy. During the procedure, the patient had massive haemoptysis and cardiorespiratory arrest and could not be revived. Post-mortem CT showed air in the right atrium, right ventricle, pulmonary artery and also in the left atrium and aorta. A discussion on paradoxical air embolism following percutaneous trans-thoracic needle biopsy is presented.

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Accession: 049069669

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PMID: 15230755

DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1673.2004.01297.x


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