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Bronchospasm Induced by Ethanol Injection for a Craniofacial Venous Malformation

Tachibana, Kaori MD, PhD*; Sasaki, Satoru MD, PhD; Nakamura, Takashi MD*; Dozaki, Shinichi MD, PhD*

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Ethanol sclerotherapy is a first-line treatment for low-flow vascular malformations. Although many complications of ethanol sclerotherapy have been described in the literature, bronchospasm is uncommon. We present a case of a patient in whom bronchospasm was precipitated by injection of ethanol during percutaneous sclerotherapy for craniofacial venous malformations that occurred during general anesthesia. The evidence for ethanol-induced bronchospasm is discussed.

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