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Air embolism

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
Historical Examples

Danger from air embolism is exceedingly doubtful, unless great quantities were forced into a large vein by artificial means.
Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture

Its dangers—infection, air embolism, intravascular clotting, sudden death—are matters of record.
The Propaganda for Reform in Proprietary Medicines, Vol. 2 of 2 Various

air embolism n.
Bubbles of air in the heart or vascular system that create an obstruction and are usually the result of surgery or trauma.


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