Massive air embolism resulting in ischemic stroke after left ventricular assist device implantation Article

Full Text via DOI: 10.1111/jocs.14222 PMID: 31441552 Web of Science: 000483231900001

Cited authors

  • Bansal, Aditya; Akhtar, Faisal; Zwintscher, Nathan P.; Bansal, Arnav; Verma, Arjun; Sabharwal, Vivek


  • We present the first case of ischemic stroke secondary to massive air embolus during implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). The patient experienced a suction event at the time of aortic cannula removal. Despite the use of all standard deairing techniques and flooding the operative field with continuous-flow carbon dioxide, a significant amount of air was delivered into the ascending aorta through the LVAD pump.

Publication date

  • 2019

Published in

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0886-0440

Start page

  • 1393

End page

  • 1395


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