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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Air Embolism (Definition)

Blood vessels are made to carry blood - liquid. A small amount of air in a vessel is not usually a big deal as it will be absorbed into the blood. Larger volumes of air (10 mL or larger) can be significant to block blood flow in that vessel. That is bad in the brain (stroke) and really bad in the heart because ...Read more


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How do you treat an air embolism?

Hyperbaric Chamber: The use of 100% oxygen, breathed under increased atmospheric pressure in a hyperbaric chamber, is commonly used to treat air-embolism. This is especially true for those emboli that impair circulation to the nervous system/brain. ...Read more

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Scared I have air embolism from sex?

Not likely: Pneumoperitoneum (free air) in the abdomen potentially can occur if the introitus (read: vagina) is blown into... As beyond the cervix, at the fimbria of the fallopian tubes is a direct opening into the abdomen-pelvis. The fimbria open up to but are not fused to their respective ovary. Air embolism only occurs when, say, an IV is injected with air (poor technique)... ...Read more

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What are the tests for air embolism?

Air in the heart: If air is introduced in venous side of the circulation if often foams in the heart and may be visible on routine chest x-ray as areas of low density in the heart, especially right atrium. There are no lab tests specific for air embolism. Usually it takes about 100 cc of air to cause symptoms and lesser amount may go unnoticed. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of air embolism?

Symptoms....: Air embolism is very serious and is often life-threatening. Symptoms can include sudden onset of shortness of breath, chest pain, hallucinations, passing out, low oxygen levels, cardiac arrhythmias, etc. There also needs to be a way for air to enter the bloodstream, travel to the heart/lungs and obstruct. This always requires emergent care and can be deadly. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an air embolism?

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. ...Read more

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Is an air embolism after 24 hrs possible?

Highly unlikely: Where should the air come from? Why are you concerned about air embolism? 24 hours after what?

Injection of air may cause embolism, within seconds or minutes. But 24 hours? Makes no sense. ...Read more

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What happens when you have an air embolism?

What happens when you have an air embolism?

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. ...Read more

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Would I die right away from an air embolism?

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. ...Read more

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What should if I might have an air embolism?

Be careful: Air embolisms are an acute condition and requires a direct connection to the blood stream. ...Read more

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How long can it take to die from air embolism?

Immediately: Air embolism is rare, and if it is large enough to cause symptoms results in death within minutes. Air embolism can occur however with no symptoms, and shouldn't have long-lasting effects. ...Read more

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I would like info about air embolism please help?

Definition...: An air embolism occurs when air is introduced into the vascular system. In order for it to cause significant harm, it would need to be a fairly large amount of air introduced into one of the more central blood vessels. It can result in cardiac arrest and possibly death if the air is not removed quickly. It is a risk of certain procedures like central line (type of iv) placement and removal. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Air embolism?

BAD: Blood vessels are made to carry blood — liquid. A small amount of air in a vessel is not usually a big deal as it will be absorbed into the blood. Larger volumes of air (10 mL or larger) can be significant to block blood flow in that vessel. That is bad in the brain (stroke) and really bad in the heart because it will stop beating. ...Read more

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What does it feel like when you have an air embolism?

Shortness of breath: Air embolism occurs very rarely. It occurs when air gets directly into one of your veins. Most commonly, this occurs when some type of IV catheter is in place and becomes disconnected. It can also occur after severe chest trauma in which the lung is actually lacerated.

The symptoms of this condition include acute shortness of breath, and occasionally chest pain. ...Read more

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How long does it take for symptoms of air embolism to show?

Why do you ask?: If you think that you are having symptoms caused by air embolism, please provide more information, such as how you feel, why you think its air embolism, and how the air is able to enter the blood vessels. ...Read more

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How long does it take for someone to die of an air embolism?

It dependds: It depends on the size of the air embolism small ones are not fatal. Huge ones cause inability of the heart to pump and death is very rapid if the air is not evacuated. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die right away from an air embolism or will?

Yes: It would need to be a massive air embolism. That would cause an obstruction to blood return to the heart on the right side, or go out to all body organs or the left side. Not likely to happen. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a diver to die from an air embolism?

A diver may: Actually surface unconscious or become unconscious or demonstrate other neurological symptoms within seconds of surfacing. Extent of injury and interventions (if any) will be some determining factors regarding death. With rapid intervention — a diver can be pressed in a chamber and sometimes achieve miraculous results. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how much time does it take to die from air embolism?

Air embolism: It all depends on the amount of air embolized. If large enough, cardiac arrest can happen immediately. Generally, if some lives through the immediate event they should eventually recover. It also depends on the way that the air embolism occurred. ...Read more

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Can it be possible to live 24 hrs after first receiving an air embolism?

Yes: Arterial air embolism can be acutely fatal even at small amount. Venous air embolism of small amounts and not largely acute can be cleared by the lungs. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have an air embolism even if I had the IV done about 15 hrs ago?

Cleared: Iv is on the vein. There is a possibility of small amount of air that can go through. This is usually cleared by the lungs. Large amount can cause a valve effect on the heart and can stop blood flow. In all likelihood, you are ok. ...Read more

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Might be a chance that I could have gotten an air embolism, what are signs to look for?

Depends: If you had an air embolism, and it was large enough, you wouldn't be around to ask the question. An arterial air embolism depends on where the embolism goes, and a venous embolism needs to be large enough to cause venous obstruction. Sudden changes in vision, shortness of breath, passing out, weakness, etc can be seen. ...Read more

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

Can a whole IV line tubing with air cause air embolism?I'm 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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What are treatments for air embolism?

Recompression: Recompression is the most effective treatment of an air embolism. Normally this is carried out in a recompression chamber whereas pressure increase the solubility of a gas increases. It is also important to promptly place the patient in trendelenburg position (head down) and on their left side. This positioning helps to trap air in the apex of the ventricle. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for air embolism?

Oxygen, hyperbaric: Depending on the cause of air embolism, treatment with oxygen or in severe cases with hyperbaric oxygen may be needed. Introduction of less than 100 cc of air in the venous side may not require specific treatment. Air embolism due to decompression sickness is the main reason for using hyperbaric oxygen, i.e., putting the patient in a chamber with high pressure. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for air embolism from an iv?

What are the treatments for air embolism from an iv?

Depends. : Small amount (a few bubbles) are generally very well tolerated and do not need any treatment. Large amounts entering the central veins, especially during prodedures like a central line placement, is more concerning. The best "treatment" is prevention — like keeping the patients head below the heart. If air embolism occurs we are taught to position patients certain ways and aspirate. ...Read more

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What happens if you have an air embolism in pregnancy?

See below: Very rare and usually undiagnosed. Would only happen during delivery, only dangerous if a big bubble of air enters your bloodstream and lodges in the right ventricular outflow chamber, compromising circulation. If treated correctly, self-limited and no risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Mark Pack
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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


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