USMLE® Step 1 style questions USMLE
USMLE® Step 2 style questions USMLE
A 30-year-old man comes to the emergency department for cardiac arrest with hypovolemia secondary to multisystem trauma. The patient is resuscitated, during which a central venous catheter is inserted into the subclavian vein. The patient recovers well without complications. Seven days later, the patient’s catheter is removed, and half an hour later his blood pressure begins to decline and he becomes dyspneic. Within minutes, he experiences respiratory failure and dies. Which of the following was the most likely cause of death?