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Clinical Findings of Air Embolism Following Acute Blast Injury

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Orthopedic Surgery
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care
General Surgery

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Description:

Air embolism may follow acute blast injury if air enters the arterial circulation from a lacerated lung. Once air has entered the arterial system it tends to move upwards to the organ with the greatest blood flow. If lodged in the heart or brain, then it may be fatal, often shortly after the blast.

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