Air embolism to the spinal cord following attempted pneumothorax has, to our knowledge, never previously been described. We believe, therefore, that this case is unique and worthy of report.
REPORT OF CASE
—A. W., a white woman, aged 39, was admitted to the Montefiore Hospital Sept. 23, 1936, with a history of known tuberculosis for the past six months, involving the apex of the left lung. Her complaints on admission were cough, expectoration, and pain in the left shoulder. She was ambulatory, oriented and cooperative; she showed no weakness or limitation of motion of any of her extremities, and the deep reflexes were normal. Sputum examinations were repeatedly positive for tubercle bacilli, and serial roentgenograms of the chest disclosed a progressive fibrocaseous tuberculosis of the left upper lobe.October 9 an initial left pneumothorax was attempted. The needle
Wikler A, Marmor J, Hurst A. AIR EMBOLISM TO THE SPINAL CORD FOLLOWING ATTEMPTED PNEUMOTHORAX. JAMA. 1937;109(6):430–431. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.92780320001010