What’s Wrong: Answer

CT Chest

There is air in the pulmonary artery!  This is an air embolus (probably iatrogenic from the IV contrast injection).

CT chest 2

Turns out there is also some air in the right ventricle.  Keep air embolism in mind as a very rare complication to imaging with IV contrast.

Author:  Russell Jones, MD

 

Trauma Devices

Trauma Lines

This patient has four devices.

  1. There is an endotracheal tube that is malpositioned into the right mainstem bronchi.
  2. A right subclavian central line can be seen positioned in the right atrium
  3. A right sided chest tube is in good position
  4. Coursing up from the femoral area is a REBOA catheter.

What is a REBOA catheter?  REBOA = Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta.  It is relatively new technology in which a specialized catheter is used with a balloon that occludes the aorta.  It is predominantly used in lieu of cross-clamping the aorta for severely ill trauma patients with uncontrolled abdominal hemorrhage as a temporizing device to allow time for transport to the OR and definitive control.

The patient’s lungs also appear with contusions and possibly a posterior hemothorax (patient is supine) on the left.

For a detailed discussion of REBOA including radiologic placement please refer to Life in the Fast Lane:

https://lifeinthefastlane.com/ccc/resuscitative-endovascular-balloon-occlusion-aorta-reboa/

Author:  Russell Jones, MD