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Doctor insights on: Endometrial Carcinoma And Pulmonary Embolism

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If I have cancer is there an increased risk for me to get pulmonary embolism?

If I have cancer is there an increased risk for me to get pulmonary embolism?

Yes: Certain cancers may have more risk (pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers), because they might increase certain chemical substances in body or secret them to increase the blood clot formation. Also chemo may increase the risk as well. Immobility in people with advanced cancer can be another risk. Damage to the blood vessel walls from the cancer or even from treatment may be a risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Embolus (Definition)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more


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What is the risk of cancer after unprovoked pulmonary embolism? Would you be symptomatic after the discovery of the clot?

What is the risk of cancer after unprovoked pulmonary embolism? Would you be symptomatic after the discovery of the clot?

Other way around: Patients who have underlying cancer have a higher risk of developing pulmonary embolism than the normal population. The mechanism is not well understood, but it is thought that certain cancers can lead to a hyper-coagulable state, which increases the risk of pulmonary embolism. This does not mean that people without known cancers who develop pulmonary embolism should be screened for cancer. ...Read more

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Will my mom, who has lung cancer, have a higher chance of getting a pulmonary embolism on a flight?

Will my mom, who has lung cancer, have a higher chance of getting a pulmonary embolism on a flight?

Yes: Patients with cancer are at a greater risk of developing blood clots. Ask your doctor about compression stockings that may reduce the risk clots in the legs. Also, i recommend to get up at least once an hour to walk around the plane. ...Read more

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I just had an angio pulmonary cat scan with contrast to rule out a pulmonary embolism. Can that detect lung cancer? Chest xray normal. 42 years old.

I just had an angio pulmonary cat scan with contrast to rule out a pulmonary embolism. Can that detect lung cancer? Chest xray normal. 42 years old.

Depends on size: Many patients who undergo a ct scan of the chest will have small or medium size nodules that are non-specific. A radiologist will document the size, and depending on the patients age and risk factors for developing lung cancer will recommend appropriate followup studies or sometimes even recommend a biopsy. We can suspect, but not diagnose lung cancer without a tissue diagnosis. ...Read more

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How lethal is a pulmonary embolism?

How lethal is a pulmonary embolism?

Depends: Depends on the amount of clot that travels to the lungs, underlying heart and lung conditions, and concurrent illnesses. Massive pulmonary emboli associated with low blood pressure, right heart failure, severe hypoxia and pulmonary hypertension are more likely to cause death. Also if pulmonary emboli occurs as a complication of another illness are more deadly. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a pulmonary embolism?

Symptom...: Pulmonary embolism can occur without any symptoms. Some symptoms include sudden onset of shortness of breath, coughing up blood, chest pain, racing heart, etc. The person may have a low oxygen level. If this diagnosis is suspected, go to the er immediately since this can be life-threatening. ...Read more

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If I am young, should the risks for pulmonary embolism be low?

If I am young, should the risks for pulmonary embolism be low?

And there's more....: Smoking, oral contraceptives and some other medications may also increase your predisposition for producing clots and pes. ...Read more

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How common is pulmonary embolismĀ in 20 year olds?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more


Dr. Neil Halin
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Pulmonary Embolism (Definition)

Pulmonary embolism is also known as Blood clot in lung. Pulmonary embolism is a condition where there is a blockage, either by a blood clot, air, or fat, of the ...Read more