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Sharma Kartikeya; Tripathi, Mukesh
Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology: July 1994
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Venous air embolism in posterior fossa surgery is a well-documented complication. Various highly sensitive devices help in early detection of air embolism. In management of air embolism, sealing the site of air entry is an important step in preventing further episodes. Here we discuss the importance of inspiratory hold after lung inflation (Valsalva maneuver) in helping to localize the site of air entry and its role in the management of venous air embolism observed in two cases of posterior fossa mass, operated in sitting position.

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