Air Embolism Complicating Percutaneous Ultrasonic Lithotripsy

    Volume 30, Issue 4 (October 1985)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 October 1985

    Page Count: 3

    Hobin, FP
    Associate medical examiner, Office of the Medical Examiner, Criminal Justice Complex, Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL

    (Received 25 January 1985; accepted 1 March 1985)


    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.

    Paper ID: JFS11077J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11077J

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    Title Air Embolism Complicating Percutaneous Ultrasonic Lithotripsy
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30