Fatal acute pulmonary embolism in a patient with pelvic lipomatosis after surgery performed after transatlantic airplane travel

Ognjen Gajic, Juraj Sprung, Brian A. Hall, Deborah J. Lightner

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Abstract

We describe a case of a 37-yr-old patient who traveled from Europe to the United States and succumbed to a massive pulmonary embolism 6 days after elective pelvic surgery despite routine postoperative thrombotic prophylaxis. In retrospect, he was likely to have developed a deep venous thrombosis during the transatlantic trip to our hospital. Anesthesiologists and other physicians involved in perioperative management need to be aware of the prevalence of venous thromboembolism in patients with a history of recent prolonged air travel. This is particularly true in tertiary referral centers, where patients with rare diseases may have a major surgical intervention within days of prolonged air travel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1032-1034
Number of pages3
JournalAnesthesia and analgesia
Volume99
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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