Published Online: 1 October 1985
Page Count: 3
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