Carbon dioxide embolism during laparoscopic cholecystectomy

R. J. Moskop, David A. Lubarsky

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We present a 38-year-old woman with cholelithiasis having laparoscopic cholecystectomy. After two attempts of abdominal insufflation using CO2 and a Verres needle, the patient had symptoms consistent with a venous gas embolism. The patient was treated quickly and recovered without sequelae. Surgery was continued, and inspection of the liver showed two Verres needle puncture wounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)414-415
Number of pages2
JournalSouthern medical journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1994

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