Systemic air embolism after cardiopulmonary resuscitation in a preterm infant

P. Andriessen, F.J. Halbertsma, G. Lijnschoten, van, H. Weerdenburg, S. Bambang Oetomo

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    Abstract

    We report a preterm infant with extensive systemic air embolism after cardiopulmonary resuscitation for cardiac arrest due to an occluding thrombus in the inferior vena cava. After excluding other potential causes (air infusion, necrotizing enterocolitis or pulmonary leakage syndrome), we postulate that the pressure gradient needed for air embolism to occur is related to the resuscitation procedure. An important clue of air embolism was noted on the chest X-ray taken before death showing intracardial air. Conclusion: Systemic air embolism may occur as a very rare complication after cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)822-824
    JournalActa Paediatrica
    Volume97
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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