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Air Or Gas Embolism
Air Blockage: I'm assuming you mean an "air embolism." it's when air gets into an artery and the air bubble gets jammed up further down the line. At that point, blood can't get past the air; serious consequences or no consequences at all can result depending on where the blood flow blockage occurred. ...Read more
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
How does anaesthesia put a strain or stress on the heart and cause stroke? Also how likely is it to get and die of gas embolism during laparoscopy?
Physiology: The medicines used to induce anesthesia cause the heart to work harder and the peripheral blood vessels to dilate or constrict, either of which can affect the delivery of oxygen to everywhere, including the brain. This can cause a heart attack or a stroke in people who already have compromised blood flow to those areas. Gas emboli from laparoscopy are rare, but not unheard of and can be fatal. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Extremely rare: Air embolism refers to air or gas entering the blood stream. In an adult it can be from an intravenous line. In the case of a fetus the potential would be from the mothers bloodstream or vaginal canal. If you have concerns then discuss these with your obstetrician. They are here to help you and rare case reports exist. ...Read more
Procedures: Air embolism is caused by air bubbles in the vascular system; venous air embolism can result from the intro of air through IV lines, especially central lines, and generally must be substantial to block pulmonary blood flow and cause symptoms. Arterial air embolism in even small amounts can cause death by blockage of coronary or cerebral arteries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Block Pulmonary Flow: Air embolism is caused by air bubbles in the vascular system; venous air embolism can result from the intro of air through IV lines, especially central lines, and generally must be substantial to block pulmonary blood flow and cause symptoms. Arterial air embolism in even small amounts can cause death by blockage of coronary or cerebral arteries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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