What is the role of central venous catheter in the diagnosis 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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If a central venous catheter is in place, aspiration of air may help to make the diagnosis. It is also helpful in monitoring central venous pressures, which may be increased in VAE. [1]


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