Venous air embolism in neurosurgery

  • Mauricio Giraldo Clinical Fellow Cardiac Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine LHSC, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Luz María Lopera Regional Anesthesia Department, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine LHSC, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Miguel Arango Department Neuroanesthesia, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine LHSC, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
Keywords: Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical, procedures, Embolism, air, Anesthesia, Cerebral, veins


Venous air embolism is a potentially serious neurosurgical complication. Every neurosurgical procedure is at risk of developing the condition but the sitting and semi-sitting position represent a higher risk. The neuroanesthesiologist plays a key role in the management of the venous air embolism, from diagnosis to treatment. This article reviews the literature on air embolism in terms of its incidence, etiology, diagnosis and therapy.


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