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Revista de otorrinolaringología y cirugía de cabeza y cuello

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Abstract

ALZERRECA A, Eugenio  and  BAHAMONDE S, Héctor. Orbitary and parasellar gas embolism: Case Report. Rev. Otorrinolaringol. Cir. Cabeza Cuello [online]. 2012, vol.72, n.1, pp. 75-78. ISSN 0718-4816.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-48162012000100010.

We describe the case of a 39 years old female patient, with history of allergic rhinitis and depression who came to the emergency room with a vertiginous episode, which was treated with intravenous thiethylperazine. Computed tomography of the brain showed evidence of sellar, parasellar, cavernous sinus and orbitary gas, with the interpretation of this being a complication from the emergency room intravenous treatment. The patient was managed by conservative means and remained asymptomatic in controls, with a complete resolution of the vertiginous episode as well. This case illustrates a difficult to diagnose and potentially serious complication, in the management of a patient with any intravenous drugs.

Keywords : Gas embolism; air embolism; venous embolism.

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