Venous air embolus during scalp incision

Nicole Z. Spence, Kathryn Faloba, Adam M. Sonabend, Jeffrey N. Bruce, Zirka H. Anastasian*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Venous air embolism (VAE) is a known complication of sitting craniotomy. Clinical consequences of VAE can range from tachypnea to cardiovascular collapse. The entrainment of air typically occurs during bone work, but we describe a case in which a VAE was recognized while working on the scalp. Monitoring techniques are critical for early treatment of VAE to avoid more serious complications, and our case illustrates the need to implement monitors early and remain vigilant throughout the procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-171
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


  • Air embolism
  • Anesthesia
  • VAE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)


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