Embolus volume

Where embolism affects arteries, even a small bubble can cause severe disorders depending on the affected area (cerebral arteries, coronary arteries).

But when embolism occurs in veins several milliliters of air may be asymptomatic due to the ability of the lungs to act as a filter and the significant vascular reserves within the lungs able to maintain ventilationperfusion,. However, 10 to 15 ml are already enough to cause fatal GE and volumes of 100 to 300 ml are frequently fatal37.

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