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Dental Air Embolism
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)...See 1 more doctor answer
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
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.
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.
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.
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.See 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.
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.
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.
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.
Untreated till death: Air embolism is a a serious lethal problem when air enter vascular system, like when placing central catheters, vascular disruptions, will loss of consciousness, convulsions, heart attacks, asssociate chest pains, deep water divers, release of micro bubbles of air causing neurological damage (bends).
Sex in pregnancy: There are no restrictions regarding sex in pregnancy unless specifically instructed by your doctor for a complication of pregnancy. Air embolism via oral sex is exceedingly rare and only a few cases have ever been documented in the medical literature. The few cases ever seen involved blowing large amounts of air directly into the vagina. Oral sex is not restricted during pregnancy.
Until one of two...: If you have an air embolism severe enough to cause palpitations, the likelihood is that they will persist until either the air embolism has passed, or the patient has. Air embolism is a rather rare problem, fortunately, and we don't often have to deal with this problem.
Variable: Air embolism through the vein requires higher amount of air to cause death, in the range of 50-100 ml of air injected fast like a ball can cause obstruction in the heart valve like a lock. Arterial air embolism requires very little amount and as little as 1/2 cc of air that goes into the coronary artery can cause a fatal heart attack and 1-2 cc can obstruct flow in the brain.
Not very long: Shortness of breath aftercare embolism is not usually last for a long. Your body usually absorbs the air very quickly, and it is gone within a few hours.
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.See 3 more doctor answers
Masturbation: Probably not. Unless you are using the shower head from seinfeld. When kramer bought that powerful one off the back of a truck!
Unlikely: Unless there is a right to left shunt, such as avm of the lung or a connection through the right atrium to the left atrium.
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