air embolism

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air embolism:

see embolusembolus
, foreign matter circulating in and obstructing a blood vessel. It may be a portion of a clot that has separated from the wall of a vessel (see thrombosis), a bubble of gas or air (known as an air embolus), a globule of fat, a clump of bacterial matter, or a clump of
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air embolism

[¦er ′em·bə‚liz·əm]
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Our patient experienced complications of air embolus while undergoing PCNL for a large calculus.
It is possible that inadequate hemostasis of the catheter tract (3) or dislodgment of a thrombus plug by high positive pressure from straining or coughing might delay closure of the SC tract or actually reopen it and thus predispose to air embolus.
Because air embolus was suspected, the patient was placed in the Trendelenburg position and an occlusive dressing was placed over the left subclavian puncture site.