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how to die from a pulmonary embolism?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 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 from the stretched pulmonary artery. Atelectasis of the underperfused lung and the opportunity for infection. VQ mismatch of course. Complete or near-complete occlusion by one or more large emboli.
Answered on May 27, 2014

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