Cerebral gas embolism caused by pleural fibrinolytic treatment.


BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Intrapleural fibrinolytic therapy is a technique used to treat empyemas and parapneumonic effusions. Cerebral air embolism is an unusual potentially severe complication of this technique. Summary of Case- A patient with parapneumonic pleural effusion underwent pleural lavage with streptokinase when he suddenly demonstrated focal… (More)


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