J Korean Soc Radiol.  2011 Aug;65(2):109-112. 10.3348/jksr.2011.65.2.109.

Cerebral Air Embolism in a Patient with a Tuberculous-Destroyed Lung during Commercial Air Travel: A Case Report

  • 1Department of Radiology, Pusan Paik Hospital, Inje University School of Medicine, Busan, Korea. hwjeong2000@lycos.co.kr


A cerebral air embolism is a rare cause of stroke, but may occur in patients undergoing invasive cardiac and pulmonary procedures, as well as in divers suffering pulmonary barotrauma from rapid ascent. A cerebral air embolism due to other causes, especially a change of air pressure from air travel, is particularly rare. Here, we report a case of cerebral air embolism during commercial air travel in a patient with an tuberculous-destroyed lung.

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