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Systemic air embolism after transthoracic lung biopsy: A case report and review of literature

Keywords: Systemic air embolism , Transthoracic lung biopsy , Air embolus , Lung mass , Needle biopsy , Stroke , Complications

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Computed tomography (CT)-guided lung biopsy is a common diagnostic procedure that is associated with various complications, including pneumothorax, hemoptysis and parenchymal hemorrhage. Systemic air embolism is a very rare (0.07%) but potentially life-threatening complication. We report a fatal case of air embolism to the cerebral and coronary arteries confirmed by head and chest CT, followed by a review of the literature.

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