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Case Report

Inadvertent Venous Air Embolism from Pressure Infuser Bag Confirmed by Transesophageal Echocardiography

Aticha Suwanpratheep1 and Arunotai Siriussawakul2*

1Division of Anesthesiology, Suratthani Hospital, Thailand

2Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10700, Thailand

*Corresponding Author:
Arunotai Siriussawakul, MD
Department of Anesthesiology
Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital
Mahidol University, Bangkok, 10700, Thailand
Tel: 662-4197990
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E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: August 24, 2011; Accepted date: October 07, 2011; Published date: October 12, 2011

Citation: Suwanpratheep A, Siriussawakul A (2011) Inadvertent Venous Air Embolism from Pressure Infuser Bag Confirmed by Transesophageal Echocardiography. J Anesthe Clinic Res 2:169 doi: 10.4172/2155-6148.1000169

Copyright: © 2011 Suwanpratheep A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Most reports on the topic of venous air embolism (VAE) deal primarily with surgical procedures where the operative site is above the level of the heart. Accidental administration of air while using a pressure infuser bag is rare. We report a case of cardiovascular collapse while applying pressure over a hard plastic bottle for rapid fluid infusion. Massive air bubbles in the right side of the heart were confirmed by intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). This case demonstrates that TEE plays an important role in prompt diagnosis and management of VAE in anesthetized patients. The patient gave written permission to the authors to publish this report.

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