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Can you get air embolism from air in vagina?

Can you get air embolism from air in vagina?

Very rarely: Dr. Quarles is right to say that the concern about air embolism from the vagina is greatly overblown, and there is more legend that fact. However, strong air pressure developing in the vagina during late pregnancy does pose a hazard, and rarely, fatal and near fatal cases have occurred, from orogenital sex or any source of air pressure in the vagina. See ...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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Had cannulla in arm 8 days ago severe anxiety can you get air embolism from this no iv line used just drew blood? would i know by now plz respond

No worries: Without someone typically infusing in a large quantity of air, there really is no risk from air embolism from a peripheral IV. Even most of today's pumps, when infusing a solution into a peripheral IV, will stop when air is sensed within the infusing track. ...Read more

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Can you get an air embolism from an enema. Accidently squeezed and blew air.

I wouldn't worry: Remember gastroenterologists complete colonoscopies everday and during this procedure this requires insufflation(pumping the colon up with air!). Air embolism is exceptionally rare. And remember this procedure is completed under much more pressure than an enema would create. So in the end, I wouldn't worry to much. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can you get vaginal air embolism from using a dildo the wrong way or having sex the wrong way? Should I be afraid of sex? I may get air embolsim...

Can you get vaginal air embolism from using a dildo the wrong way or having sex the wrong way? Should I be afraid of sex? I may get air embolsim...

Not likely at all: The risk of "vaginal air embolism" seems to be attributed almost exclusively to the actual "blowing of air into the vagina" and not from " using a dildo or having sex the wrong way". I do not think you should be afraid . There does not appear to be any real cause for alarm or concern . ...Read more

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How do you treat an air embolism?

Hyperbaric Chamber: The use of 100% oxygen, breathed under increased atmospheric pressure in a hyperbaric chamber, is commonly used to treat air-embolism. This is especially true for those emboli that impair circulation to the nervous system/brain. ...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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Is an air embolism after 24 hrs possible?

Highly unlikely: Where should the air come from? Why are you concerned about air embolism? 24 hours after what? Injection of air may cause embolism, within seconds or minutes. But 24 hours? Makes no sense. ...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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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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What should if i might have an air embolism?

Be careful: Air embolisms are an acute condition and requires a direct connection to the blood stream. ...Read more

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How long can it take to die from air embolism?

Immediately: Air embolism is rare, and if it is large enough to cause symptoms results in death within minutes. Air embolism can occur however with no symptoms, and shouldn't have long lasting effects. ...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