A 36-year-old female asked:
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can you have tiny pulmonary emboli and not know it? would your body dissolve them if they were very tiny.

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Depends on size: And number. Yes, your body should dissolve them. You should be on anticoagulants to prevent more emboli. You ahould also ask your doctor to see if the source of these emboli could be located.
Answered on Feb 1, 2014
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