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Cerebral air embolism during CT-guided lung biopsy
  1. Rafael Dahmer Rocha,
  2. André Arantes Azevedo,
  3. Priscila Mina Falsarella,
  4. Antônio Rahal Jr,
  5. Rodrigo Gobbo Garcia
  1. Department of Interventional Radiology, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Avenida Albert Einsten, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rafael Dahmer Rocha, Department of Interventional Radiology, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Avenida Albert Einsten, 627/701 - Morumbi, São Paulo - São Paulo 05652-900, Brazil; rafaeldrocha{at}gmail.com

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A patient with cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, on the waiting list for liver transplantation, presented with lung nodule during initial evaluation. A CT-guided core needle lung biopsy under general anaesthesia was performed. Pneumothorax (figure 1) and a large amount of gas within the left ventricle (figure 2) were identified during the procedure. …

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