Indian Pediatrics

, Volume 55, Issue 12, pp 1089–1090 | Cite as

Neonatal Cerebral Air Embolism

  • Javed Ahmed
  • Hari Balasubramanian
  • Vaseem Ansari
  • Ns Kabra
Case Report



Vascular air embolism (VAE) is rare but potentially lethal condition, and survival is rarely reported in newborn.

Case Characteristics

A preterm (27+1 weeks) neonate on Continuous positive airway pressure developed sudden cardiac asystole on day 3 of life and required 30 minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.


Infant had air embolism in liver and brain. He survived but developed cystic encephalomalcia requiring extensive neuro-rehabilitation.


Air embolism should be considered as differential diagnosis of sudden unexplained cardiac deterioration in well neonate.


Encephalomalacia Neonatal stroke Neonatal resuscitation 


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© Indian Academy of Pediatrics 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Javed Ahmed
    • 1
    • 3
  • Hari Balasubramanian
    • 1
  • Vaseem Ansari
    • 2
  • Ns Kabra
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of NeonatalogySurya Children MedicareMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Departments of RadiologySurya Children MedicareMumbaiIndia
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsSurya Children Medicare Pvt LtdMumbaiIndia

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