Complete recovery after near-fatal venous air embolism during cesarean section

ArticleinInternational Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia 7(2):131-3 · May 1998with2 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.60 · DOI: 10.1016/S0959-289X(98)90011-5 · Source: PubMed


    During replacement to the abdomen of the exteriorized uterus at cesarean section under epidural block, a previously healthy woman developed cardiorespiratory arrest. Tracheal intubation revealed low end-tidal carbon dioxide concentration suggesting embolization. Resuscitative efforts were successful. Uterine exteriorization - as well as the Trendelenburg position - significantly increase the risk of air embolization so that routine use of appropriate monitors is indicated to facilitate early diagnosis.