Gas in the cavernous sinus

Case contributed by Dr Yair Glick


Clinical suspicion of stroke.

Patient Data

Age: 80 years
Gender: Female

Small fluid level in right maxillary sinus.
Mural calcifications in cavernous carotid arteries.
Air in cavernous sinus, verified both by ROI measurement and lung window.
Status post-phacoemulsification of lenses.

Case Discussion

When not associated with sphenoid fractures or thromboembolic disease, gas in the cavernous sinus is an incidental finding and represents an air embolus from intravenous lines.

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Case information

rID: 53203
Published: 5th May 2017
Last edited: 6th May 2017
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