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Precordial Doppler diagnosis of haemodynamically compromising air embolism during caesarean section.

TitlePrecordial Doppler diagnosis of haemodynamically compromising air embolism during caesarean section.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsFong J, Gadalla F, Gimbel AA
JournalCan J Anaesth
Volume37
Issue2
Pagination262-4
Date Published1990 Mar
ISSN0832-610X
KeywordsAdult, Cesarean Section, Embolism, Air, Female, Humans, Intraoperative Complications, Monitoring, Physiologic, Obstetric Labor Complications, Pregnancy, Ultrasonography
Abstract

This is a report of a 39-year-old parturient who had a haemodynamically compromising venous air embolism during a repeat Caesarean section under lumbar epidural anaesthesia. The embolism occurred immediately after surgical incision during surgery in the superficial subcutaneous tissues. The diagnosis was made using intraoperative precordial ultrasonic Doppler monitoring which allowed early and successful treatment.

DOI10.1007/BF03005482
Alternate JournalCan J Anaesth
PubMed ID2178791