Left ventriculography complicated by cerebral air embolism

Iian Goldenberg, Avi Shupak, Oren Shoshani, Monther Boulos

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Cerebral air embolism is a severe complication of various invasive medical procedures. Hyperbaric oxygen is the sole definitive therapy. We describe a 68‐year‐old patient who presented with upper left limb motor and sensory deficits following the injection of a contrast medium for left ventriculography. Numerous air bubbles were seen on cineangiography concomitantly with injection of the contrast medium. Immediate compression with hyperbaric oxygen resulted in complete resolution of all neurological symptoms. latrogenic cerebral air embolism is an underdiagnosed condition that may result from cardiac catheterization. Physician awareness will improve prevention, and prompt diagnosis and the use of hyperbaric oxygen will result in an optimal outcome if it does occur. © 1995 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-334
Number of pages4
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Diagnosis
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • arterial gas embolism
  • cardiac catheterization
  • hyperbaric oxygenation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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