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What happens if 40ml is injected with a syringe into the jugular

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What happens if 40ml is injected with a syringe into the jugular vein?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Gehring replied 2 years ago.
Hi there and welcome to Justanswer.
It depends on the substance injected. Which one was it?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi , I'm so sorry I thought I put that in my initial question

It was air.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.


There would be a possibility of an air embolus to the heart which could obstruct blood flow and potentially cause death but in general the air bolus would have to be around 150-200 cc of air. With a lesser amount of air injected there may be some chest pain for a time but the air would soon dissipate in the atrium or ventricle of the heart

Let me know if you need more information please

Expert:  Dr. Gehring replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your answer.
Like my colleague Dr. Chip already wrote you, this is not enough air to cause an air embolus. If the event happend a couple of hours ago and nothing happend, you will be on the safe side.
But still be careful with air while injecting fluids in future; in unlucky cases a little amount may be sufficient to obstruct the blood flow.
All the best!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Would I have any symptoms? Also when I feel my neck and around my collar bone, it feels. likeI'm touching bubble wrap?

Expert:  Dr. Gehring replied 2 years ago.
It ist immpossible to get a bubble under the collar bones from that air. It would appear in the heart, not in the skin or lungs.
In your heart it could cause a short chest pain. At what time happened the incident?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

It was a couple of days ago. So what am I feeling in my neck?

Expert:  Dr. Gehring replied 2 years ago.
Oh, then you are on the very safe side! This feeling may be a result of a nerval irritation caused by muscle tenseness.
Expert:  Dr. Gehring replied 2 years ago.
I hope you lost your anxiousness now! If so, I thank you for a friendly feedback. If there is still a question left, do not hesitate to ask. I will be offline for a while but come back to you then.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I also injected about 60mls of air into my pick line last week, but all that did was give me heart burn, I suppose all they air has dissipated by now,?

PLEASE can you tell me what Vein I should I use, what symptoms would I have , and finally how long it would take for it all to be over?

Expert:  Dr. Gehring replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your patience!
Yes, the air has dissipated a couple of days ago.
I do not understand your question. Do you want to end your life?