Possible venous argon gas embolism complicating argon gas enhanced coagulation during liver surgery.

@article{Stojeba1999PossibleVA,
  title={Possible venous argon gas embolism complicating argon gas enhanced coagulation during liver surgery.},
  author={Nathalie Stojeba and Gilles Mahoudeau and Pablo Segura and Carsten Meyer and Annick Steib},
  journal={Acta anaesthesiologica Scandinavica},
  year={1999},
  volume={43 8},
  pages={866-7}
}
We report a case of a major venous argon embolism during argon beam coagulation of a liver biopsy. The essential signs were an abrupt reduction in end-tidal carbon dioxide partial pressure, in SpO2 and in systolic arterial pressure, at the time of coagulation. Spontaneous recovery was observed within 10 min. Precautions in respect of usage are highlighted.