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Adverse outcome of air embolism - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how are u ?
User :   nervous...still
User :   If you get an air embolism through a blood vessel (I.E sexual intercourse or through an I.V) how long would it take to travel and be deadly?
Doctor :  
just a minute please
Doctor :  
Many cases of venous air embolism are subclinical with no adverse outcome and thus go unreported.
Doctor :   Usually, when symptoms are present, they are nonspecific,
Doctor :  
he key factors determining the degree of morbidity and mortality in air emboli are related to the volume of gas entrainment, the rate of accumulation, and the patientâ??s position at the time of the event
User :   So how long could a gas bubble travel through your body before hitting your arteries or brain?? or cut of supply to an organ?
Doctor :   it depnds upon the volume of the air entered
Doctor :  
it is not predictable
User :   well now i am very uneasy.
Doctor :  
u mentioned about embolism after sex?
Doctor :   u there?
User :   yes.
Doctor :  
u mentioned about embolism after sex?
Doctor :  
why do u think u have air embolism?
Doctor :  
embolism will not take place during sex except if u have given birth to a baby recently..
User :   well we were doing it doggie style...and i felt a lot of air go in
User :   a lot...
Doctor :   that is not air emboilism

User :   we weren't having forecful hard sex...and most of the air came out when my husband pulled out.... but it felt like air was trapped in there...and this was about 12 hours ago
Doctor :  
air embolism normally occurs during surgical procedures
Doctor :  
User :   but how come pregnant, menstrating, and post partum women can get this but not regular females.
Doctor :   where there is direct contact between blood vessels and air
Doctor :  
because postpartum females have there blood vessels dilating and sex during that time have chances which are very very low
Doctor :  
User :   so what about regular females? there are no blood vessels in there??
User :   what if the air got into the cervix?
Doctor :   blood vessels will be constricted so embolism doesnt occur
Doctor :  
nothing will happen if it ennters into cervix
User :   So your are sure that i didn't get an air embolism? i was thinking of going to the ER...but i feel stupid doing that
Doctor :   i dont think so u have air embolism

Doctor :   what are ur symptoms now?
User :   well nothing.
Doctor :  
then nothing to worry,if still concerned about it then see a GP.
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   no thank you
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