Air embolism during operative hysteroscopy: TEE-guided resuscitation

Ilya Sabsovich, Mark Abel, Christen J. Lee, Allison D. Spinelli, Apolonia E. Abramowicz

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During hysteroscopic surgery there are concerns about potential complications such as venous air and gas embolism. The incidence of subclinical air emboli events during operative hysteroscopy is significantly underestimated. The manifestations of this complication may range from an unnoticeable decrease in PETCO2 to the need for resuscitation. Three cases of air embolism with variable outcomes occurring during general anesthesia for operative hysteroscopy in otherwise healthy patients are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)480-486
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012


  • Air embolism
  • Anesthesia
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Transesophageal echocardiography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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