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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 81-84
Coronary artery air embolism complicating a CT-guided percutaneous lung biopsy

1 Department of Radiology, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Medical Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ashwin Deshmukh
Department of Radiodiagnosis, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Ansari Nagar, New Delhi - 110 029, India, Residential Address: 37, Vikas Nagar, Hotgi Road, Solapur - 413 003
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DOI: 10.4103/ijri.IJRI_347_18

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Coronary arterial air embolism is an extremely rare but readily recognizable condition on computed tomography (CT) that may complicate a lung biopsy. We present an incidence of symptomatic air embolism into the right coronary artery during a percutaneous CT-guided lung biopsy that was successfully recognized during the procedure and managed accordingly. An active search for this complication should be made when the patient deteriorates on table and the usual complications (pneumothorax, vasovagal shock, etc.) are ruled out, as immediate resuscitative measures could be life-saving.

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