Hyperbaric treatment of arterial CO 2 embolism occuring after laparoscopic surgery: A case report

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Abstract

Hyperbaric treatment of arterial CO 2 embolism occurring after laparoscopic surgery: A case report. Undersea Hyperb Med 2006; 33(5):317-320. Arterial carbon dioxide (CO 2) embolism is a serious and sometimes fatal iatrogenic medical condition encountered in surgery. A thirty-five year old Caucasian female developed a CO 2 embolism during a laparoscopic appendectomy. After initial resuscitation and completion of the surgery, she was treated with hyperbaric oxygen (HBO 2) to help reduce the size of large CO 2 bubbles that had migrated into her left ventricle during surgery. The HBO 2 protocol was 2.8 atmospheres for 90 minutes, which resolved the problem with no adverse effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-320
Number of pages4
JournalUndersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
Volume33
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2006

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