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Absolute Ethanol Injections Can Cause CV Collapse, RV Dysfunction


Background: Absolute ethanol embolization, otherwise known as alcohol embolization, has been in use for many years to treat tumors, esophageal or other varices, and arteriovenous malformations (AVM). A feared complication of ethanol embolization is cardiopulmonary collapse. This can occur when a bolus of ethanol reaches the pulmonary vasculature and causes vasospasm, cascading into acute pulmonary hypertension, dysrhythmia, and collapse. Not surprisingly, a significant amount of re more...
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