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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)... ...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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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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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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Can queefing cause air embolism?

No: It has not been mentioned in the commonly known causes of air embolim. Two things are required for air embolism pressure gradient and vascular. Access like blood vessel. ...Read more

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Air embolism during oral sex, should I be concerned?

Air embolism during oral sex, should I be concerned?

Improbable: Hard to imagine and yet anything is possible. It is probably a correlation and not a cause. ...Read more

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Was fingering and now i'm worried I have an air embolism?

Why?: What is fingering? Why would you think about air embolism? For air embolism you would have to inject air to obstruct your right heart, for example with a syringe. There there does not seem to any issue. ...Read more

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How quickly does an air embolism occur and after trauma ?

Air emboli: Air embolism occurs fairly quickly as soon as air enters a vein. Small air embolism may be very silent. Bone emboli are more common after trauma. Since I don't have experience with post traumatic air embolism, an emergency room physician or trauma specialist is better qualified to answer your question. ...Read more

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What are early warning signs and symptoms of air embolism?

What are early warning signs and symptoms of air embolism?

Variable: Small amounts of air in circulation may be asymptomatic. Introduction of 100 cc or more of air may cause heart failure, respiratory distress, presence of air in the heart on chest x-ray and in severe cases alterations in mental status and stroke like symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the chance of experiencing an air embolism during an apheresis donation?

Remote: There is virtually no risk of air embolism from donating blood or blood component. It is sign of good citizenship to donate blood. ...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 setios prnlems, 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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What happens if you have an air embolism in pregnancy?

See below: Very rare and usually undiagnosed. Would only happen during delivery, only dangerous if a big bubble of air enters your bloodstream and lodges in the right ventricular outflow chamber, compromising circulation. If treated correctly, self-limited and no risk of recurrence. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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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