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. 2006 Oct 10;112(3):e85-6.
doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2006.02.040. Epub 2006 Aug 2.

Intracoronary Air Embolism in Open Heart Surgery--An Uncommon Source of Myocardial Ischaemia

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Intracoronary Air Embolism in Open Heart Surgery--An Uncommon Source of Myocardial Ischaemia

Gudrun Lamm et al. Int J Cardiol. .

Abstract

We report a case of air embolism detected by transesophageal echocardiography in a patient undergoing open heart surgery for acute mitral regurgitation. Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography revealed an increased brightness of the apical wall and a severely compromised left ventricular myocardium with severe diffuse hypokinesis after removal of the aortic cross clamps and spontaneous resolution in the control echocardiography.

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