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what is pulmonary emboli?

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
20 years experience Vascular Surgery
Usually clots: Typically it is clots traveling from an area of thrombosis like leg deep veins thrombosis DVT , clots will break loose and get stuck in the pulmonary/lung arteries. Typically cause sudden shortness of breath, rapid heart rate and chest pain sometimes .. In other occasions emboli could be fat emboli with long bone/pelvic fracture, air embolus from procedures or foreign body.
Answered on Mar 9, 2015
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