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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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Help doctors! what're the treatments for air embolism from an iv?

Left side down: Time the oxygen and co2 clear quickly. Nitrogen is 80% and slower to absorb. But if it stays in the upside chambers, by lying on left sued, it will break up and go to lungs and be slowly absorbed. Unless IV on pump and large volume, risk is low. ...Read more

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I have been using a hair dryer to dry vaginal area after shower. Is it possible to get an air embolism this way?

No: An air embolism occurs when air or gas enter into a blood vessel so, for what you describe there is no chance that you could cause that sort of a problem. Having said that, I might caution you on what you're doing as you may cause excess drying of the skin and mucosa which can lead to other discomforts, pain, and problems. Wearing loosely fitting, cotton panties should be sufficient. ...Read more

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I'm 22weeks pregnant. My partner preformed oral sex on me, I'm now scared in case I get a air embolism? Is this rare

Very rare: Air embolism is extremely rare. Also if it had happened you already would have experienced symptoms. It seems you are ok. ...Read more

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I'm 22weeks pregnant. My partner preformed oral sex on me, I'm now scared in case I get a air embolism? Is this rare edit

Please no" Joe Blow": During pregnancy blowing into the vagina with the labial lips closed can cause an air embolism with often immediate fatal consequences. So please instruct your partner (Joe not Blow) to avoid this phase of your sexual participation and Good luck with your pregnancy. ...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?

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

Dr. Ira Katz
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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. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more