¨Ï The Journal of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery
Spontaneous Absorption of Cerebral Air Embolus Developed Accidentally during an Intra-arterial Procedure
Tae Ki Yang
Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, Jeju National University, Jeju, Korea
Cerebral arterial air embolism (CAAE), although infrequent, is a complication that can occur at any time during an invasive medical procedure. We experienced two cases of CAAE during cerebral angiography accidentally. The author reports the two cases of CAAE wherein air emboli dissolved spontaneously and immediately under normal atmospheric pressure, not under therapeutic hyperbaric environment. One of the cases shows entire dissolution of the air embolus on the moving image. This report shows that arterial air embolus can be absorbed spontaneously, and air embolus size is one of the factors that influence air embolus dissolution besides hyperbaric oxygen condition.
Key words : Air embolism, Cerebral angiography, Spontaneous dissolution
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