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would i die right away from an air embolism?

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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Air embolism: An air embolism is a real issue but death only occurs when significant enough air goes through to block adequate blood flow. Fortunately in most air embolisms the end result is not death.
Dr. Joshua Rovner
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Depends on the size and location of the embolism, but the answer is yes.

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