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Air Embolism Overview

What is an air embolism?
A person with an air embolism has air bubbles in arteries that block the blood flow to organs, including the heart and brain. An air embolism can by life threatening. It most commonly occurs during scuba diving, or during some medical procedures.

What are the symptoms of an air embolism?
Symptoms of an air embolism include chest pain and breathing difficulty. Other symptoms include difficulty walking, difficulty speaking, joint pains, rash, and numbness or weakness on one side of the body.

How does the doctor treat an air embolism?
Treatment for an air embolism includes emergency hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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Last Updated: Nov 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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