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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CPR can improve the perfusion of the organs once there is cardiac arrest while also pushing the air embolus out of the lung.
Risk factors for developing cerebral air embolus during invasive vascular manipulations include hypovolemia, increased intrathoracic pressure in deep inspiration, and mobile or upright patients [2, 15, 20].
Initial intraoperative diagnosis of air embolus is based on hypotension and decreased end tidal C[O.sub.2].
Air embolus also can occur if an open-ended catheter is left unclamped.