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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Careful attention to the risk of air embolus was discussed preoperatively, and potential shunt exacerbation due to insufflation increasing right-sided pressures was anticipated.
Air embolus is a potentially fatal complication of surgical or interventional procedures with an array of systemic complications.
Sudden neurological or cardiac events after manipulation of a CVC should call attention to a possible paradoxical air embolus.