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Doctor insights on: Arterial Gas Embolism

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What is arterial gas embolism in simple terms?

What is arterial gas embolism in simple terms?

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

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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Is it possible to develop an air embolism from an arterial blood gas draw?

Is it possible to develop an air embolism from an arterial blood gas draw?

Air embolus: In theory it can happen but 90.99% it does not happen. Unless there is accidental injection of air into the blood vessel ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop a pulmonary embolism from a blood gas arterial draw?

Is it possible to develop a pulmonary embolism from a blood gas arterial draw?

No: A clot formed in the radial artery, the usual site of blood draw for arterial blood gases, does not have a way to reach the lungs. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Is there a risk of arterial embolism with non surgical nose reshaping?

Is there a risk of arterial embolism with non surgical nose reshaping?

Yes, but low: Yes but the riks is low. Some feel the use of blunt cannulae may diminish this risk. ...Read more

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If doppler arterial ultrasound says ulnar artery is supplying flow and collateral flow is good . What is embolism with branch occlusion.

If doppler arterial ultrasound says ulnar artery is supplying flow and collateral flow is good . What is embolism with branch occlusion.

I will try again: There are several cause of arterial occlusions. There are degrees of arterial blockage. If a clot moves- embolize s it can obstruct multiple vessels and branches causing more tissue to be under circulated-ischemic. The remaining question is why the radial clotted: embolus, trauma, needle sticks, thoracic outlet and aneurysm. Need exam. Doppler helps define the location but not the cause. ...Read more

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Will an MRI show if you have arterial embolism in your brain ?

NO: The MRI will show you the damage to the brain from that arterial embolism, a mr angiogram can show you the blocked vessel, but the vessel has to be a large vessel to be within the sensitivity of the mr. You may get better visualization from ct angiography, but again, this is only good for large vessels.Only conventional angiography will show smaller vessels, this study has specific indications. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Would my husbands symptoms after a saddle embolism of pulmonary artery have been different if it were treated earlier?

Would my husbands symptoms after a saddle embolism of pulmonary artery have been different if it were treated earlier?

Likely same: The symptoms are size and location related. If a peripheral clot had been identified and treated, it may have been possibly prevented from becoming an embolus. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with chronic radial artery occlusion due to thrombus. Is there any risk of an embolism happening.

Diagnosed with chronic radial artery occlusion due to thrombus.  Is there any risk of an embolism happening.

No risk: Radial artery occl are rare and are usually self limiting more common now withradial artery procedures and lines but they usually dont embolize ulnar artery supplies hand then. ...Read more

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Chronic radial artery occlusion. What does this mean? Doc said there may be concern for embolism with branch occlusion. What does that mean.

Chronic radial artery occlusion.  What does this mean?   Doc said there may be concern for embolism with branch occlusion.  What does that mean.

Thoughts: Chronic means happened a while back - probably months. Radial is the outer side artery from elbow to wrist. Happens from congenital issues, trauma issues, embolism. Atrial fibrillation and clotting disorders can cause such issue. So it can be asymptomatic since there are good to great collaterals in palm. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


Gas (Definition)

In a medical context, "having gas" refers to having too much gas in the bowels. This causes burping, cramps in the belly, ...Read more