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Approaches to diagnosing air embolism

Posted on May 15, 2015 3:29 pm under Medical Malpractice

Mild air embolism may present no symptoms and might not be a serious threat to one’s health. However, massive bubble formation inside the blood vessels is considered a medical emergency due to the serious, possibly fatal, health complications it might cause. As such, quick diagnosis and treatment of air embolism is needed to reduce the risk of irreversible injuries and death.

There are different approaches to diagnosing air embolism:

  • Pulmonary artery catheter (PAC) – PAC is inserted in an artery that connects the lungs and the heart. The blood pressures inside the chambers of the heart and the pulmonary artery could tell whether the patient is suffering from an air embolism or not.
  • Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) – TEE involves the insertion of a thin tube through the mouth and down to the esophagus, close to the heart. The device will then draw an image of the heart through the use of sound waves to check for any bubble formation.

Unfortunately, some cases of air embolism have been associated with poor medical care. To learn more about filing a medical malpractice claim in Appleton, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.