Quadriplegia following venous air embolism during posterior fossa exploration : a case report
CITATION: Du Toit, H. J. et al. 1983. Quadriplegia following venous air embolism during posterior fossa exploration : a case report. South African Medical Journal, 63:378-379.
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A frequent complication of posterior fossa exploration with the patient in the sitting position is venous air embolism. Spinal cord deficits following such a mishap have rarely been reported. We report a case in which a patient who suffered venous air embolism developed quadriplegia from the C6 level. The mechanisms of passage of air into the arterial system are discussed.