Journal Article

Massive Cerebral Air Embolism on Ante Mortem CT Head Following Pneumothorax in a Child with Pneumonia

Chandrika Azad, Veena Parmar and Purnima Aggarwal

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 57, issue 6, pages 490-492
Published in print December 2011 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online February 2011 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmr016
Massive Cerebral Air Embolism on Ante Mortem CT Head Following Pneumothorax in a Child with Pneumonia

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Cerebral air embolism (CAE) is a rarely reported complication of a common condition like pneumothorax, presenting with deterioration of sensorium and cardiovascular instability. We report a case of 3-year-old male who developed pneumothorax after positive pressure ventilation followed by deterioration of sensorium. CT head revealed massive CAE.

Keywords: pneumothorax; positive pressure ventilation; cerebral air embolism

Journal Article.  995 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Paediatrics

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