Fatal venous air embolism in a cat with a retropharyngeal diverticulum

Christopher P. Ober, Tim C. Spotswood, Robert Hancock

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A cat with a 1-year history of oropharyngeal foreign bodies was diagnosed with a pharyngeal diverticulum. The cat experienced fatal cardiac arrest during endoscopy, and postmortem radiographs and ultrasound revealed venous air embolism. Venous air embolism is uncommonly reported in veterinary medicine, but is a risk during any procedure that introduces air into a body cavity. Precautions should be taken during these procedures to help minimize the risk of adverse events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-158
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary Radiology and Ultrasound
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2006


  • Endoscopy
  • Pharyngeal diverticulum
  • Radiography
  • Ultrasound
  • Venous air embolism


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