CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 131–134 | Cite as

Acute Coronary Artery Air Embolism Following CT-Guided Lung Biopsy

  • Asem MansourEmail author
  • Salah AbdelRaouf
  • Monther Qandeel
  • Maisa Swaidan


CT-guided needle biopsy is a common procedure for obtaining a tissue diagnosis and consequently correctly managing patients. This procedure has many potential complications, ranging from simple pneumothorax or self-limiting hemoptysis to life-threatening pulmonary hemorrhage and air embolism. Though the latter is a rare complication of CT-guided needle biopsy, it has attracted a lot of interest. We report a case of right coronary air embolism resulting in myocardial infarction after a CT-guided percutaneous needle biopsy of the lung.


Air embolism Coronary Artery CT-guided needle biopsy Lung 



We are grateful to Dr. Sana’ Alsukhun, Mrs. Tharwa Bilbeisi and Mr. Ahmad Alghareib for their editorial assistance in the preparation of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asem Mansour
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Salah AbdelRaouf
    • 1
  • Monther Qandeel
    • 1
  • Maisa Swaidan
    • 1
  1. 1.King Hussein Cancer CenterAmmanJordan
  2. 2.King Hussein Cancer CenterAmmanJordan

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