Medline ® Abstract for Reference 46
[Air embolism: an unusual complication of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography].
Giuly E, Pesenti C, Pernoud N, Bories E, Francon D
Ann Fr Anesth Reanim. 2005;24(11-12):1400.
We report the case of a 60-year-old-woman with a myeloma who was hospitalized with a cholestasis. An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography was scheduled under general anaesthesia with oral intubation. As the biliary prothesis was placed an air embolism happened. The symptomatic treatment allowed a complete recovery. This complication is rare. The pathophysiology is not well known, we discuss the possible mechanisms.
Département d'anesthésie-réanimation, institut Paoli-Calmettes, 232, boulevard de Sainte-Marguerite, 13273 Marseille cedex 9, France.