Volume 30, Issue 4 (October 1985)

    Air Embolism Complicating Percutaneous Ultrasonic Lithotripsy

    (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.

    Author Information:

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

    Stock #: JFS11077J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11077J

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