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Successful late treatment of venous air embolism with hyperbaric oxygen.
  1. E. M. Dunbar,
  2. R. Fox,
  3. B. Watson,
  4. P. Akrill
  1. Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Monsall Hospital, Newton Heath, Manchester, UK.


    A case of haemodialysis-associated venous air embolism is described. The patient commenced hyperbaric oxygen therapy 21 hours after the event when, despite appearing decerebrate, he made a complete recovery. This case underlines the importance of all clinicians being aware of those centres with facilities for hyperbaric therapy and the need to refer all patients with cerebral air embolism even following a prolonged delay.

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