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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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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 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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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How long does it take for symptoms of air embolism to show?

Why do you ask?: If you think that you are having symptoms caused by air embolism, please provide more information, such as how you feel, why you think its air embolism, and how the air is able to enter the blood vessels. ...Read more

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How long does it take for someone to die of an air embolism?

It dependds: It depends on the size of the air embolism small ones are not fatal. Huge ones cause inability of the heart to pump and death is very rapid if the air is not evacuated. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a diver to die from an air embolism?

A diver may: Actually surface unconscious or become unconscious or demonstrate other neurological symptoms within seconds of surfacing. Extent of injury and interventions (if any) will be some determining factors regarding death. With rapid intervention — a diver can be pressed in a chamber and sometimes achieve miraculous results. ...Read more

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How long does an air embolism occur after trauma? If it is a small not harmful embolism does it go away or stay in the body?

How long does an air embolism occur after trauma? If it is a small not harmful embolism does it go away or stay in the body?

5-10 ml: Small air emboli are reabsorbed into the blood stream and cause no ill effects, larger boluses can be life threatening are cause serious problems, including sudden death ...Read more

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I had a subq injection thurs and think there might have been some air left in the syringe. I feel fine but how long would air embolism symptoms take?

I had a subq injection thurs and think there might have been some air left in the syringe. I feel fine but how long would air embolism symptoms take?

You're safe: An air embolism needs to go directly into your vein to cause you harm. A tiny bit of air in the subcutaneous tissue is completely harmless. An air embolus would also affect you instantly. You can get some rest now and stop worrying. ...Read more

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If you had a air embolism due to air being trapped in the vaginal cavity; how long would it take to show signs/ symptoms?

Not happening: Air in the vaginal cavity is normal- it doesn't' get absorbed into the blood stream from there. An air embolism is a bubble of air within a blood vessel. For it to cause symptoms that bubble has to be relatively large. Air emboli are rarely seen in patients with central lines in the hospital that have retained air in the IV tubing or within a syringe and directly injected into the vessels. ...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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I would like info about air embolism please help?

Definition...: An air embolism occurs when air is introduced into the vascular system. In order for it to cause significant harm, it would need to be a fairly large amount of air introduced into one of the more central blood vessels. It can result in cardiac arrest and possibly death if the air is not removed quickly. It is a risk of certain procedures like central line (type of iv) placement and removal. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Air embolism?

BAD: 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 it will stop beating. ...Read more

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What does it feel like when you have an air embolism?

Shortness of breath: Air embolism occurs very rarely. It occurs when air gets directly into one of your veins. Most commonly, this occurs when some type of IV catheter is in place and becomes disconnected. It can also occur after severe chest trauma in which the lung is actually lacerated.

The symptoms of this condition include acute shortness of breath, and occasionally chest pain. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die right away from an air embolism or will?

Yes: It would need to be a massive air embolism. That would cause an obstruction to blood return to the heart on the right side, or go out to all body organs or the left side. Not likely to happen. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how much time does it take to die from air embolism?

Air embolism: It all depends on the amount of air embolized. If large enough, cardiac arrest can happen immediately. Generally, if some lives through the immediate event they should eventually recover. It also depends on the way that the air embolism occurred. ...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