(Received 25 January 1985; accepted 1 March 1985)
Published Online: October
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This is a report of a lethal venous air embolism complicating percutaneous ultrasonic lithotripsy. Sudden death occurred during the course of the procedure. Evidence of air embolism was detected at autopsy. Air embolism occurred because a suction pump was connected backwards, forcing air into the urinary tract rather than aspirating irrigating fluid as intended. This mishap has not previously been reported as a complication of this procedure.
Associate medical examiner, Office of the Medical Examiner, Criminal Justice Complex, Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL
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