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September 1990

Nitrogen Embolus as a Complication of Hepatic Cryosurgery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn (Drs Schlinkert and Chapman); and the Departments of General Surgery (Dr Schlinkert) and Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (Dr Chapman), Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Arch Surg. 1990;125(9):1214. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1990.01410210140022

• A case of near-fatal nitrogen embolism during hepatic cryosurgery is presented. Modifications of liquid nitrogen probes, which prevent direct contact of liquid nitrogen with the tissue being frozen, can prevent this type of injury.

(Arch Surg. 1990;125:1214)