The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 259–264 | Cite as

Survival following portal venous air embolization

Report of a case
  • Harold P. Lazar
Case Reports


The first reported case of nonfatal air embolization of the portal venous system was observed in a patient with chronic ulcerative colitis subsequent to barium-air contrast enema examination. The literature is reviewed and pathogenetic mechanisms are discussed. It is suggested that this phenomenon is probably overlooked in other surviving cases, and careful roentgenographic evaluation of the right upper quadrant will probably disclose similar unreported cases.


Public Health Ulcerative Colitis Venous System Pathogenetic Mechanism Chronic Ulcerative Colitis 
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© Hoeber Medical Division • Harper & Row, Publishers 1965

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harold P. Lazar
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  1. 1.From the Department of MedicineElizabeth A. Horton Memorial HospitalMiddletown

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