Amer J Perinatol
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1606633
Original Article
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Cardiac Air Embolism in Neonates: A Hemodynamic Perspective

Deepak Louis1, Reem Amer2, Yasser N. Elsayed1
  • 1Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • 2Division of Neonatology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Further Information

Publication History

15 June 2017

18 August 2017

Publication Date:
29 November 2017 (eFirst)


Cardiac air embolism should be suspected in any neonate with acute unexplained cardiovascular collapse or worsening oxygenation. We present here five cases that presented with the above symptoms. A comprehensive evaluation including targeted neonatal echocardiography and near-infrared spectroscopy helped confirm the diagnosis and assess the hemodynamic state. Management was supportive including left lateral positioning, chest compressions, and cardiovascular medications to treat pulmonary hypertension and systemic hypotension.