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Cerebral Air Embolism Following Pigtail Catheter Insertion for Pleural Fluid Drainage

Title
Cerebral Air Embolism Following Pigtail Catheter Insertion for Pleural Fluid Drainage
Author
김태형
Keywords
Air embolism; Chest tubes; Pleural effusion; Embolism; Air
Issue Date
2013-06
Publisher
대한결핵및호흡기학회
Citation
TRD / 결핵 및 호흡기 질환. 2013, 74(6), p. 286-290
Abstract
Pigtail catheter drainage is a common procedure for the treatment of pleural effusion and pneumothorax. The most common complications of pigtail catheter insertion are pneumothorax, hemorrhage and chest pains. Cerebral air embolism is rare, but often fatal. In this paper, we report a case of cerebral air embolism in association with the insertion of a pigtail catheter for the drainage of a pleural effusion. A 67-year-old man is being presented with dyspnea, cough and right-side chest pains and was administered antibiotics for the treatment of pneumonia. The pneumonia failed to resolve and a loculated parapneumonic pleural effusion developed. A pigtail catheter was inserted in order to drain the pleural effusion, which resulted in cerebral air embolism. The patient was administered high-flow oxygen therapy and recovered without any neurologic complications.
URI
https://synapse.koreamed.org/DOIx.php?id=10.4046/trd.2013.74.6.286http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11754/45525
ISSN
0378-0066
DOI
10.4046/trd.2013.74.6.286
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