A 21-year-old female asked:
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how common is pulmonary embolism in 20 year olds?

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Dr. Steven Guyton
45 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Rare: Since most 20 year olds are quite active, deep venous thrombosis is rare and this is usually the underlying cause of a pulmonary embolus. Conditions that would contribute to increased risk would be smoking, severe inactivity, obesity, and some hypercoaguable states - in which the risk of blood clotting is significantly increased.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Uncommon: Deep vein thrombosis obesity sedentary pregnancy coagulopathies trauma -- major surgery cancer birth control meds these are some risk factors.
Answered on Jun 10, 2013
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