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A 40-year-old member asked:

What will cause a pulmonary embolism besides surgery?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology 25 years experience
Pulmonary embolism: Has also be associated with extended travel (sitting in a car, airplane, train, etc), hospitalization or prolonged bed rest, smoking, birth control pills, cancer, pregnancy, genetic predisposition most commonly factor v leiden deficiency, protein c or protein s deficiencies and Antithrombin iii deficiency.
Dr. George Ciechanowski
Pulmonary Critical Care 41 years experience
Immobility: Prolonged immobility i.e. Air travel or other can cause thrombosis and then embolization to the lungs.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Many other things: Genetic predisposition, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, cancer, smoking, birth-control pills to name a few.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the most common causes of a pulmonary embolism?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey DeCaprio
29 years experience
DVT: The most common cause of a pulmonary embolism is deep venous thrombosis . Dvt usually occurs in individuals with trauma , hypercoagulable state, or immobilization. In individuals who have a DVT risk of pe can be 30% without treatment. If the DVT is treated risk of pe is substantially less
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