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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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Could pulmonary embolism 'go away'?

Could pulmonary embolism 'go away'?

Yes....: A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot in the blood vessels in the lung. Symptoms range from no symptoms to death, depending in the size and location of the blood clot. Once the blood clot is no longer increasing in size, the body's own system will "heal" the clot by reabsorbing it. Blood thinners allow this to happen, by making it impossible for the blood clot to continue to increase in size. ...Read more

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Could pulmonary embolisms return?

Could pulmonary embolisms return?

Yes: Newer guidelines from accp recommend long term blood thinning. Also the primary cause may be determined and this will increase your risk for them to return. Some patients require filter to be placed in the lower veins to prevent clot from reaching the lungs. Again risk factors must be determined. ...Read more

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Can deep vein thrombosis or embolus kill you?

Can deep vein thrombosis or embolus kill you?

DVT: A deep vein thrombosis usually arises from the veins in the leg. If a fragment or the entire clot dislodges, it can travel to the right side of the heart, either blocking blood flow in the heart or the clot can travel the pulmonary artery to the lungs, where it can block the flow of blood to the entire lung or a portion thereof. The phenomenon of embolism to heart or lungs can be fatal. ...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

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Air embolism from oral in pregnancy?

Air embolism: An embolism of air can be a very serious, immediate threat to your health. Not sure how oral and pregnancy relate, can you give more information? If you are fine, hours after writing and reading this question/answer, you probably can relax about this risk. ...Read more

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Pulmonary emboli or blood clots in the lung; deadly? Very dangerous?

Pulmonary emboli or blood clots in the lung; deadly?  Very dangerous?

Yes. : Pulmonary embolism is often fatal but it really depends on the size of the clot that travels to the lung. Small clots may not even be noticed but large ones completely stop lung circulation and exchange of oxygen resulting in rapid death. ...Read more

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Deep vein thrombosis causes warmth, pyrexia?

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Deep vein thrombosis causes warmth, pyrexia?

Unusual: The only time a DVT would cause pyrexia (a fever) would be if there was an infection assciated with it. Although that can happen, it would be exceedingly rare. ...Read more

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What is someone surviving deep-vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism?

What is someone surviving deep-vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism?

Many: There are many who have survived and have done well with anticoagulation or filter use to prevent further enlarging pe. ...Read more

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What is DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

What is DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

Pain and swelling: The most common symptom of DVT is pain and the most common physical finding is swelling. However, not everyone has these. If you have unexplained swelling with or without calf or thigh pain then a venous ultrasound would be indicated to look for a dvt. Sometimes even a ct scan or mrv is necessary. The bottom line is, if DVT is considered, then proper testing is required. ...Read more

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Is deep vein thrombosis a phlebothrombosis or thrombophlebitis?

Is deep vein thrombosis a phlebothrombosis or thrombophlebitis?

Thrombophlebitis: itis means inflammation. Thrombo means clot. Thrombophlebitis is inflammation of a vein. There is superficial vein thrombophlebitis and deep vein thrombophlebitis. Deep vein thrombosis can be inflamed if acute and this is called deep vein thrombophlebitis. ...Read more

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Is deep vein thrombosis deadly?

Is deep vein thrombosis deadly?

Possibly : Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in one or more of the internal veins. Most often in the legs, less often in the arms. If a blood clot breaks loose and flows through the heart and into the lungs it can be fatal. Dvt is a common complication of many medical illnesses. If you are ill you should ask your doctor about this as there are effective prevention approaches. ...Read more

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What causes pulmonary embolism?

What causes pulmonary embolism?

Blood clot: A pulmonary embolism is the result of a blood clot travelling to your lungs. The blood clot (referred to usually as a DVT) is usually found in the veins in one or both of your legs. This breaks loose and travels up through the IVC to the heart and then to your lungs. ...Read more

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What does blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolus) show on ventilation perfusion scan?

What does blood clot in the lungs (pulmonary embolus) show on ventilation perfusion scan?

Lack of blood flow: A ventilation perfusion scan is a test for a blood clot in the lungs, or pulmonary embolism. If there is a blood clot, an area of the lung will not be perfused, but will be ventilated, and therefore a mismatch will be seen. ...Read more

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Could deep vein thrombosis damage heart?

Could deep vein thrombosis damage heart?

It could: There are certain circumstances in which it could. The most common would be if the deep vein thrombosis (DVT) were to break off, travel through the heart to the lungs and lodge, causing a pulmonary embolism. If the pulmonary embolism is large enough, this puts a lot of strain on the right side of the heart, and heart damage can ensue. ...Read more

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Are pulmonary edema and a pulmonary embolism the same?

Are pulmonary edema and a pulmonary embolism the same?

No: Pulmonary edema refers to fluid in the lungs, most commonly as a result of a failing heart. Pulmonary emboli are blood clots that form somewhere in the body (usually the legs) and travel to the lungs. ...Read more

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Does air embolism occur during pregnancy?

Unlikely but possibl: Embolism during delevery is rare dangerous event, it is possible unfortunately if it happens it is more due to aminiotic fluid embolism. ...Read more

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Does compression stockings prevent superficial thrombophlebitis?

Does compression stockings prevent superficial thrombophlebitis?

Yes - proven: There is much medical research documenting the effectiveness of compression stockings in preventing thrombophlebitis. This includes prevention of deep & superficial thrombophlebitis, (ie DVT & SVT). Compression therapy is also a therapy for SVT & is used in the hospital for DVT prophylaxis. Especially useful if varicose veins or venous reflux as it helps improve vein flow & prevent SVT in varices ...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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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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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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Air embolism during oral sex, should I be concerned?

Air embolism during oral sex, should I be concerned?

Improbable: Hard to imagine and yet anything is possible. It is probably a correlation and not a cause. ...Read more

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Was fingering and now i'm worried I have an air embolism?

Why?: What is fingering? Why would you think about air embolism? For air embolism you would have to inject air to obstruct your right heart, for example with a syringe. There there does not seem to any issue. ...Read more

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How quickly does an air embolism occur and after trauma ?

Air emboli: Air embolism occurs fairly quickly as soon as air enters a vein. Small air embolism may be very silent. Bone emboli are more common after trauma. Since I don't have experience with post traumatic air embolism, an emergency room physician or trauma specialist is better qualified to answer your question. ...Read more

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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

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How long does altered level of consciousness associated with air embolism last?

It depends: This condition is called delirium and require in patient treatment. ...Read more

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What is the chance of experiencing an air embolism during an apheresis donation?

Remote: There is virtually no risk of air embolism from donating blood or blood component. It is sign of good citizenship to donate blood. ...Read more

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How long does an air embolism occur after trauma ? If it is a small not harmful embolism does it go away or stay in the body ?

How long does an air embolism occur after trauma ? If it is a small not harmful embolism does it go away or stay in the body ?

5-10 ml: Small air emboli are reabsorbed into the blood stream and cause no ill effects, larger boluses can be life threatening are cause setios prnlems, including sudden death ...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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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 where as 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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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


Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
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Thrombophlebitis (Definition)

An inflammatory process that causes a blood clot to form and block one or more veins, ...Read more