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Rare pathology in a trauma patient: air embolism following peripheral intravenous access
  1. Enoch Yeung,
  2. Adeolu Adeboye,
  3. Paul Granet and
  4. Steven Casos
  1. Surgery, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Enoch Yeung; enot_2001{at}


A 62-year-old man presented as a trauma alert after a farm tractor accident. He was managed according to ATLS protocol. During initial trauma resuscitation, he developed an iatrogenic air embolus. The patient was treated conservatively by positioning him head down and tilted to the left (Durant’s manoeuvre). Repeat CT scan performed 4 hours later showed resolution of the air embolus. He had no sequelae.

  • trauma
  • venous thromboembolism

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  • Contributors SC and PG led patient care. SC, PG, AA and EY were involved in patient care. All were involved in the conception and planning of the manuscript. EY led the writing, data collection and literature review. SC, PG, AA and EY reviewed and contributed to the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.