Which neurologic findings are characteristic of venous air embolism (VAE)?

Updated: Dec 30, 2017
  • Author: Brenda L Natal, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Neurologic findings include the following:

  • Acute altered mental status
  • Seizures
  • Transient/permanent focal deficits (weakness, paresthesias, paralysis of extremities)
  • Loss of consciousness, collapse
  • Coma (secondary to cerebral edema)

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