Successful therapy of cerebral air embolism with hyperbaric oxygen at 2.8 ATA

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Successful therapy of cerebral air embolism with hyperbaric oxygen at 2.8 ATA

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Title: Successful therapy of cerebral air embolism with hyperbaric oxygen at 2.8 ATA
Author: Bove, AA; Clark, JM; Simon, AJ; Lambertsen, CJ
Abstract: A 60-year-old male patient suddenly developed blindness, agitation, and disorientation 36 h after coronary bypass surgery. Onset of symptoms followed efforts to clear an air-filled radial artery cannula. Seven hours after onset of symptoms, initial compression to 2.8 ATA (60 fsw), 100percent oxygen (U.S. Navy Table 6), steroids, intravenous fluids, and antiplatelet drugs were used for therapy. The patient's agitation and disorientation dictated that we avoid initial compression to 6 ATA (165 fsw), contrary to conventional practice in therapy of air embolism, and instead immediately give oxygen at 2.8 ATA. After a second treatment with USN Table 6, given 6 h after the first, the patient's vision and mental state returned to normal. He subsequently had an uneventful recovery from surgery and cerebral air embolism. Atmospheric Pressure Brain Diseases/*therapy Embolism, Air/*therapy Human *Hyperbaric Oxygenation Male Middle Aged Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S. Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org )
URI: PMID: 7090084
http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/2921
Date: 1982

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  • Undersea Biomedical Research Journal
    The Undersea Baromedical Research journal was published by the Undersea Medical Society, Inc. (now the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society) quarterly from 1974 to 1992 when the name changed to the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal.

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