Fatal cerebral air embolism following uneventful flexible bronchoscopy.

@article{Azzola2010FatalCA,
  title={Fatal cerebral air embolism following uneventful flexible bronchoscopy.},
  author={Andrea Azzola and Christophe von Garnier and Prashant N. Chhajed and Udo Schirp and Michael Tamm},
  journal={Respiration; international review of thoracic diseases},
  year={2010},
  volume={80 6},
  pages={
          569-72
        }
}
Flexible bronchoscopy is a widely used and safe procedure with a reported maximal mortality rate of 0.04% and a major-complications rate of 0.5%. There are, however, only few case descriptions for postinterventional cerebral air embolism and the frequency of this supposedly rare complication is unknown. The current study presents 2 patients with non-small cell lung cancer who suffered fatal cerebral air embolism following diagnostic bronchoscopy with transbronchial needle aspiration and… CONTINUE READING

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