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    Gas embolism is a procedure-related complication and has been reported during endoscopy, surgical procedures, intravenous catheterization, positive pressure ventilation, and a multitude of scenarios. Recognizing the potential for gas embolus and a high level of suspicion are paramount to timely intervention to prevent significant morbidity and mortality. There is such rapid decompensation that only clinical suspicion can guide timely intervention; it is not uncommon for gas embolus to be diagnosed postmortem. It then must be determined whether the gas embolus has a venous or systemic entry point. Overall management is similar for both forms of gas emboli with focus on hemodynamic support and preservation of organ function. This case report discusses an occurrence of presumed systemic gas embolus from argon plasma coagulation and management of a patient under general anesthesia during rigid bronchoscopy. Copyright © by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.


    Jen Chang, Roberto Casal. Anesthetic Management of Gas Embolism During Rigid Bronchoscopy with Argon Plasma Coagulation: A Case Report. AANA journal. 2022 Aug;90(4):293-295

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    PMID: 35943756

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