Asian Journal of Neurosurgery

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 227--228

Air embolism related to removal of Mayfield head pins


Hesham El-Zenati1, Jafar Faraj1, Ghaya Ibrahim Al-Rumaihi2 
1 Department of Anesthesia/ICU Pain and Palliative Care, Hamad Medical Corporation,PO Box 3050, Doha, Qatar
2 Department of Neurosurgery, Hamad Medical Corporation,PO Box 3050, Doha, Qatar

Correspondence Address:
Hesham El-Zenati
ABHSA and IC, Specialist, Fellow Neuroanesthesia Department of Anesthesia/ICU, Pain and Palliative Care Hamad Medical Corporation, PO Box 3050, Doha
Qatar

Venous air embolism (VAE) may be fatal and frequently carries high neurologic, respiratory, and cardiovascular morbidity. Its occurrence during anesthesia is challenging to the anesthesiologists in terms of early discovery and management. VAE during neurosurgical procedures especially in the sitting position is well known and usually prepared for it; however, VAE might happen unexpectedly as in this patient«SQ»s case. A young patient underwent an exploratory pterional craniotomy for recollection of subdural hematoma and head pins were used to stabilize the head. The surgery and anesthesia were uneventful; however, he developed a sudden cardiovascular collapse at the end of surgery and immediately after removal of the Mayfield pins.


How to cite this article:
El-Zenati H, Faraj J, Al-Rumaihi GI. Air embolism related to removal of Mayfield head pins.Asian J Neurosurg 2012;7:227-228


How to cite this URL:
El-Zenati H, Faraj J, Al-Rumaihi GI. Air embolism related to removal of Mayfield head pins. Asian J Neurosurg [serial online] 2012 [cited 2021 Sep 26 ];7:227-228
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