air embolism

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air embolism

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aeroembolism

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(Medicine) the presence in the tissues and blood of a gas, such as air or nitrogen bubbles, caused by an injection of air or, in the case of nitrogen, by an abrupt and substantial reduction in the ambient pressure. See decompression sickness
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Noun1.air embolism - obstruction of the circulatory system caused by an air bubble as, e.g., accidentally during surgery or hypodermic injection or as a complication from scuba divingair embolism - obstruction of the circulatory system caused by an air bubble as, e.g., accidentally during surgery or hypodermic injection or as a complication from scuba diving
embolism - occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus (a loose clot or air bubble or other particle)
2.air embolism - pain resulting from rapid change in pressureair embolism - pain resulting from rapid change in pressure
illness, sickness, unwellness, malady - impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism
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(29.) UHMS best practice guidelines: prevention and treatment of decompression sickness and arterial gas embolism. http://membership.uhms.org/resource/resmgr/dcsandage_prevandmgt_uhms-fi.pdf.
Decompression illness is a composite of decompression sickness (DCS) and arterial gas embolism (AGE).
If he ascends quickly to the surface and didn't perform suitable regimes to washout the excess dissolved gas in his body, then the decompression of the surrounding ambient pressure will take place, hence nitrogen cavities release in vivo to constitute nitrogen microbubbles, which grow by consuming the excess amount of the dissolved gas by diffusion and it could be distributed systemically, causing arterial gas embolism and other symptoms of DCS may occurred.
During the ascent from SCUBA dives, this air expands and can result in pulmonary barotraumas, which clinically present as pneumothorax, mediastinal emphysema or even arterial gas embolism with cerebral stroke.