CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 150–153 | Cite as

Trans-Catheter Aspiration of Systemic Air Embolism Causing Cardiac Compromise During CT-Guided Lung Biopsy, a Potentially Lifesaving Maneuver

  • Maria El Homsi
  • Ali Haydar
  • Jad Dughayli
  • Aghiad Al-KutoubiEmail author
Case Report


Systemic artery embolism is a rare complication of CT-guided lung biopsy. Immediate clinical and radiological recognitions are crucial for rapid intervention and prevention of fatal outcome. Although hyperbaric oxygen is the suggested treatment of mildly symptomatic systemic artery embolization, aspiration of air should be considered as part of the management in cases of cardiac arrest.


Systemic air embolism Lung biopsy Cardiac compromise Air aspiration 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Statement

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyAmerican University Medical CenterBeirutLebanon
  2. 2.Department of AnesthesiologyAmerican University Medical CenterBeirutLebanon

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