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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Air Embolism (Definition)

Air embolism is a problem that occurs when a bubble of air enters the blood circulation and gets stuck in a small vessel. The air bubble can block the flow of blood past the bubble, which can result in damage to tissues and organs, such as the brain. An air embolism can happen during a problem placing an arterial catheter, or when there is damage to the heart or lungs that causes air to ...Read more


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Can a whole IV line tubing with air cause air embolism?Im so scared. Nurse doenst prime my IV line.

Can a whole IV line tubing with air cause air embolism?Im so scared. Nurse doenst prime my IV line.

Depends: Not sure amount of air in tubing. Need to have nurse then to prime IV tubing to limit any possible complications. I would insist on this since this is your care. ...Read more

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Can queefing cause air embolism?

Can queefing cause air embolism?

No: It has not been mentioned in the commonly known causes of air embolim. Two things are required for air embolism pressure gradient and vascular. Access like blood vessel. ...Read more

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Is it possible for rough sex during early pregnancy to cause air embolism?

Never heard of that: Doubtful, but i guess anything is possible. One of the causes listed in the literature for free air in the abdomen is "rough sex." i guess one could translate that to the possibility of air embolism. ...Read more

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Can douching too fast cause air embolisms? (From the bubbles in douche bottle)

Can douching too fast cause air embolisms? (From the bubbles in douche bottle)

Dont douche: Douching is not recommended. It destroys the healthy bacteria that keeps the vagina clean. It predisposes you to yeast and bacterial infections. It is not recommended. ...Read more

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Could an air embolism travel from ur lungs to another part of your body and cause more damage?

Could an air embolism travel from ur lungs to another part of your body and cause more damage?

Unlikely: Unless there is a right to left shunt, such as avm of the lung or a connection through the right atrium to the left atrium. ...Read more

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Is it true that masturbating with the showerhead can cause an air embolism?

Masturbation: Probably not. Unless you are using the shower head from seinfeld. When kramer bought that powerful one off the back of a truck! ...Read more

Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Embolus (Definition)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more