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What are early warning signs and symptoms of air embolism?

What are early warning signs and symptoms of air embolism?

Variable: Small amounts of air in circulation may be asymptomatic. Introduction of 100 cc or more of air may cause heart failure, respiratory distress, presence of air in the heart on chest x-ray and in severe cases alterations in mental status and stroke like symptoms. ...Read more

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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If you had a an air embolism due to air being trapped in the vaginal cavity; how long would it take to show signs/ symptoms?

If you had a an air embolism due to air being trapped in the vaginal cavity; how long would it take to show signs/ symptoms?

Not happening: Air in the vaginal cavity is normal- it doesn't' get absorbed into the blood stream from there. An air embolism is a bubble of air within a blood vessel. For it to cause symptoms that bubble has to be relatively large. Air emboli are rarely seen in patients with central lines in the hospital that have retained air in the IV tubing or within a syringe and directly injected into the vessels. ...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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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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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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I had a subq injection thurs and think there might have been some air left in the syringe. I feel fine but how long would air embolism symptoms take?

I had a subq injection thurs and think there might have been some air left in the syringe. I feel fine but how long would air embolism symptoms take?

You're safe: An air embolism needs to go directly into your vein to cause you harm. A tiny bit of air in the subcutaneous tissue is completely harmless. An air embolus would also affect you instantly. You can get some rest now and stop worrying. ...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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Scared I have air embolism from sex?

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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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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