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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)...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How can an air embolism kill your fetus?

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.

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Can an air embolism during sex really kill?

Can an air embolism during sex really kill?

How?: How would you get an air embolism during sex? Death during sex seems to be almost entirely due to stress on the heart leading to a heart attack in people with advanced heart disease. In general, sex is healthy. Practice safe sex at all times.

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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.

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Am afraid of an air embolism and I'm 8 months pregnant?

Am afraid of an air embolism and I'm 8 months pregnant?

Why?: Air can only get into veins from intravenous, and is carefully watched. Pregnancy does not produce that problem. Other issues of obesity, sedentary deep vein clots are more of a concern. Amniotic fluid embolism is rare.

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How long does chest pain associated with air embolism last?

How long does chest pain associated with air embolism last?

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).

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Is sex okay when pregnant? Am I at risk of a air embolism?

Is sex okay when pregnant? Am I at risk of a air embolism?

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.

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How long does palpitations associated with air embolism last?

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.

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What are the chances of getting an air embolism while pregnant?

What are the chances of getting an air embolism while pregnant?

Rare, amniotic: Air embolism very rare and need a site of air entry via catheter in vein. Amniotic embolism can occur from amniotic fluid embolism also rare.

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What number of units/cc's of air will kill someone. (air embolism)?

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.

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How long does difficulty breathing associated with air embolism last?

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.

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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.

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Is it true that masturbating with the showerhead can cause an air embolism?

Is it true that masturbating with the showerhead can cause an air embolism?

Masturbation: Probably not. Unless you are using the shower head from seinfeld. When kramer bought that powerful one off the back of a truck!

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Could an air embolism travel from ur lungs to another part of your body and cause more damage?

Could an air embolism travel from ur lungs to another part of your body and cause more damage?

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.

Dr. John Landi
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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