A 32-year-old member asked:
what is the difference between a pulmonary edema and a pulmonary embolism?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Benjamin Lerner answered
18 years experience Vascular Surgery
Fluid vs Clot: Pulmonary edema is a swelling and fluid accumulation in the lung tissue. A pulmonary embolism is a clot that has travelled (usually) from the legs, through the blood stream, and lodged in the circulation of the lung.
Answered on Apr 27, 2019
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh answered
35 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Another thought: The formation of a clot in the lung may originate in the lung as well. If there is underlying lung disease or cardiac disease, then these are risk factors potentially for the formation of an embolism.
Answered on Jun 29, 2018
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