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Pulmonary embolism

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Alexander
26 years experience Plastic Surgery
Small clot fragments: Common cause is separation of small clots in the venous system (such as the leg, etc) which return to heart and lodge in the lungs. Trauma, some infe ... Read More
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Phlebitis: Pulmonary embolism is the complication of inflammation and blood clots forming in veins (phlebitis) and then traveling in the venous system to the hea ... Read More
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Dr. Sendhil Subramanian
26 years experience Interventional Radiology
Blood clot: A pulmonary embolism is the result of a blood clot travelling to your lungs. The blood clot (referred to usually as a DVT) is usually found in the vei ... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Variable: Some are subtle, and escape detection. Others are instantly lethal. Full range in between. Cause, size , degree of lung obstructed as well as pre ... Read More
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Dr. Tony Su
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32 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Depends: Depends on the amount of clot that travels to the lungs, underlying heart and lung conditions, and concurrent illnesses. Massive pulmonary emboli asso ... Read More
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Quite deadly: Numerous factors. One-third of people with dvt/pe will have a recurrence within 10 years and one-third of people die within one month of diagnosis. I ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Chideckel
41 years experience Vascular Surgery
Depends: Usually after treatment should be fine.
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Bad enough: Pulmonary emboli are deadly and cause many episodes of sudden death. They can be mild and even asymptomatic in some cases, but should always be treate ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes....: A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot in the blood vessels in the lung. Symptoms range from no symptoms to death, depending in the size and location of ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience Addiction Medicine
Depends on size: If the clot goes to many areas of the lungs or to main arteries and block them as the blood comes out of the heart, there can be no flow of blood and ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Several mechanisms: The loss of effectively gas-exchanging lung. The strain on the right ventricle. Breakdown products of the thrombus causing wheezing. The vagal reflex ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Orrego
27 years experience Cardiology
Multiple: There are several sings icluding tachycardia, respiratory distress, ekg changes, sings of right venticular failure such as elevated venous pressure a ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
PE: read this: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pulmonary-embolism/basics/definition/con-20022849
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher White
42 years experience Cardiology
Imaging study: Either an angiogram or lung scan can be used. A noninvasive angiogram with a ct scan is most common today.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
20 years experience Vascular Surgery
Large proximal DVT: Pulmonary embolus pe could be a clot , air bubble, fat or foreign body . Most commonly a clot, which typically travel from a deep vein thrombosis DVT ... Read More
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