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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Assuming this as an air embolus, all the infusion lines were checked to exclude the air embolus.
Life threatening issues such as decreased gas exchange, hypoxia, right ventricular strain, cardiac arrhythmia, and heart failure may present typically as pulmonary embolism and coronary occlusion; a focused history eliciting a high risk situation is imperatively raised the index of suspicion for an air embolus. Venous or arterial gas embolism may cause hyperemia and ischemia in end organ destinations which is devastating in coronary occlusion or in the cerebral vasculature [2].
In ventilated preterm infants, PPC is usually associated with other air leaks, such as pneumothorax, pulmonary interstitial emphysema, pneumomediastinum, subcutaneous emphysema, pneumoperitoneum, and systemic vascular air embolus [10].
Understanding the significance of air embolus is important, and symptoms can range from asymptomatic, mild and transient, organ ischemia, hemodynamic failure, or even death.