Echocardiographic characteristics of venous air embolism presenting as reversible pulmonary atresia in a premature neonate

Abhay Divekar, Rebecca Cases, Reeni Soni

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Abstract

Air embolism secondary to mechanical ventilation is a rare but well-described complication in premature infants. We describe the echocardiographic appearance of venous air embolism manifesting as acute obstruction of the right ventricular outflow tract in such a premature infant, and review the pathophysiology of acute obstruction of the right ventricular outflow tract secondary to the "air lock" phenomenon. Awareness of the pathophysiology and echocardiographic appearance of venous air embolism may aid in prompt recognition and potential therapy for this lethal complication of mechanical ventilation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-105
Number of pages4
JournalCardiology in the Young
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Air embolism
  • Echocardiography
  • Mechanical ventilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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