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Comment & Response
February 2014

Cerebral Venous Air Embolism: What Is It and Do We Know How to Deal With It Properly?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Ludwig Boltzmann for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, AUVA Research Centre, Vienna, Austria
  • 2James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk, England
JAMA Neurol. 2014;71(2):243. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2013.5414

To the Editor Cerebral venous air embolism (CVAE) is reported more frequently and may be associated with poor neurological outcome or even mortality.1,2 It is often associated with certain iatrogenic procedures,2 in particular central venous access may play a major role in the incidence of this serious event.1,3-5 However, in contrast to cerebral arterial air embolism, awareness of CVAE is still lacking; its retrograde mechanism seems to be not fully understood and might therefore be grossly underreported.3,4

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