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Korean Journal of Critical Care Medicine 2013;28(4): 318-322. doi: https://doi.org/10.4266/kjccm.2013.28.4.318
중심 정맥 도관 제거 후 발생한 좌심실 내 공기를 동반한 공기색전증
동아대학교 의과대학 내과학교실
Air Embolism in the Left Ventricle after the Removal of a Central Venous Catheter
Duk Song Cho, Moo Hyun Kim, Dong Hyun Lee, Hye Won Lee, Eun Bin Kim, Seok Hyun Kim, Hyo Jin Jung, Soo Jin Kim, Hyun Jeong Kim
Department of Internal Medicine, Dong-A University Collge of Medicine, Busan, Korea. kimmh@dau.ac.kr
Air embolism is a rare, potentially critical complication that can induce death. Central venous catheterization, which is commonly used for critically ill patients, is a possible cause of air embolism. We experienced a severe air embolism with abnormal air in left ventricle after CVC removal in a patient who was treated for eosinophilic pneumonia. Although the neurologic symptoms were severe, the patient was successfully treated with immediate hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the neurologic deficit was minimal.
Key Words: air; central venous catheters; embolism; device removal
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