ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Asymptomatic air collection in the left atrium after computed tomography-guided lung biopsy
Akitoshi Inoue1, Masatsugu Ohuchi2, Shuhei Inoue2
1Department of Radiology, National Hospital Organization, Higashi-Ohmi General Medical Center, Shiga, Japan
2Department of General Thoracic Surgery, National Hospital Organization, Higashi-Ohmi General Medical Center, Shiga, Japan
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2022.21058
Systemic air embolism is a fatal lung biopsy complication, despite its low incidence. Incidental air immigration into the pulmonary vein passing through the left heart circulation results in air embolism in percutaneous lung biopsy. Herein, we report a 73-year-old man who presented with massive air collection in the left atrium after computed tomography-guided lung biopsy which resolved without any symptom. Computed tomography fluoroscopy confirmed the gradual absorption process.
Keywords : Air embolism, image-guided biopsy, lung neoplasms
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