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what happens when you have an air embolism?

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Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Nothing usually: The air typically is broken up as it goes through tissues- rare it causes strokes or other issues.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Occasional problems: As dr. Simpson says, usually nothing happens when a small amount of air enters the veins. It is trapped in the lung and absorbed. However, if the amount of air is large, it can block blood flow in the lung. Also, if there is a hole in the heart (atrial septal defect), or a so-called "shunt" of blood that bypasses the lung, air can get into the arteries and cause a stroke.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What sort of problem is an air embolism?

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Air emolism: This is serious. Is common in scuba divers diving deeper than 60 feet. Basically you blood which is liquid becomes bubbelish (like when you open a soda can) causing lack of oxygen to your brain. It can kill you instanly.
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Air embolism can also result from certain medical procedures including central venous catheter placement and operations that require repair of major blood vessels.
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What are the most common symptoms of fat embolism?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath, chest pain, and cough are some of the most common symptoms of fat embolism.
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Will fat embolism kill me if I don't get treatment?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Possibly: If severe enough, fat embolism can be life threatening. Some degree of fat embolism usually occurs with most major orthopedic procedures.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What symptoms of a fat embolism are the most important?

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Dr. Samuel Hunter
Neurology 33 years experience
Strokes and hypoxia: Fat emboli cause two very serious problems. The most common is blockage of blood flow in the lungs. The other is blockage of blood flow to the brain, should they pass through the heart.
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What are fat embolism causes?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Fractures: Fractures of the long bones are the commonest cause of fat embolism, though most cases go undetected. Chest compression as part of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation is often associated with fat/bone marrow embolism. Injury to fatty tissue and uncommon metabolic disorders also can cause fat embolism.

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