A member asked:

Had an iv in and saw an air bubble go into my vein. should i be worried about an embolism? how much air would it take to cause effects? and how long?

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Dr. Robert Kwok answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Generally ok, but...: The people we worry about air getting through to the output side of the heart are people who have a hole or other abnormal connection between the vein side (input to heart) and the artery side (output from heart). Without a hole in the heart between the right (input) and left (output) sides, or some other abnormal shunt connection, small air bubbles in veins go to the lungs and are "exhaled."

Answered 1/10/2018

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