Massive Air Embolism at the Initiation of Cardiopulmonary Bypass: Case Report [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 1996; 24(9): 538-539

Massive Air Embolism at the Initiation of Cardiopulmonary Bypass: Case Report

Nihan YAPICI1, Cem ALHAN1, Hüseyin MAÇİKA1, Türkan KUDSİOĞLU1, Zuhal AYKAÇ1

Massive air embolism (MAE) occurs in 0.1-0.2 % of patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass, and approximately half of these patients suffer permanent neurologic damage or death. Large amounts of air may enter the perfusion system via many different portals. Immediate deep hypothermia and the administration of brain protective agents have been used to prevent the permanent sequelae of MAE (1). Use and efficacy of retrograde cerebral perfusion through the superior vena cava have been reported for the treatment of cerebral air embolism during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) (2). We report the successful management of an accidental MAE at the initiation of CPB.


How to cite this article
Nihan YAPICI, Cem ALHAN, Hüseyin MAÇİKA, Türkan KUDSİOĞLU, Zuhal AYKAÇ. Massive Air Embolism at the Initiation of Cardiopulmonary Bypass: Case Report. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 1996; 24(9): 538-539
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