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Is pulmonary embolism in an infant fatal?

Is pulmonary embolism in an infant fatal?

Can be: A pulmonary embolism, regardless of the age of the patient, can be fatal. It should be noted that not all pulmonary emboli are fatal and the incidence of pulmonary emboli in infants is quite small. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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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When pulmonary embolism happens in the lungs, what makes it so fatal?

Several things: A massive pulmonary embolus will essentially block most of the blood flow from the right ventricle to the lungs, preventing blood from getting oxygenated while putting a huge strain on the right ventricle. Since blood is then blocked from getting to the left side of the heart, systemic blood pressure severely drops along with oxygen delivery and things rapidly go down the tubes. ...Read more

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How common is fatal pulmonary embolism in people under thirty ?

How common is fatal pulmonary embolism in people under thirty
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NOT: Miss Pamela, it just is not common. Please seek out a mental health counselor to address your fear of pulmonary embolism and DVT. Take action to help yourself by quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and walking for exercise for 30 min every day. ...Read more

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What do I do if my baby experiences pulmonary embolism?

What do I do if my baby experiences pulmonary embolism?

How old?: If you are taking about a child with pulmonary embolism , this is very serious and of course treatment is anticoagulant like Heparin then Coumadin (warfarin) .. Also need investigations for risk factors . Pe in children is very rare less than 5 in 100000. ...Read more

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How will having a pulmonary embolism affect my baby?

How will having a pulmonary embolism affect my baby?

Hypoxia: If a pregnant mother has a pulmonary embolism it could lower her blood oxygen levels and then lower oxygen levels in the fetus. It is important to avoid/treat any hypoxia in a pregnant mom if it indeed is present. ...Read more

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How bad is a pulmonary embolism pe?

How bad is a pulmonary embolism pe?

Bad enough: Pulmonary emboli are deadly and cause many episodes of sudden death. They can be mild and even asymptomatic in some cases, but should always be treated seriously. ...Read more

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Could pulmonary embolism 'go away'?

Could pulmonary embolism 'go away'?

Yes....: A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot in the blood vessels in the lung. Symptoms range from no symptoms to death, depending in the size and location of the blood clot. Once the blood clot is no longer increasing in size, the body's own system will "heal" the clot by reabsorbing it. Blood thinners allow this to happen, by making it impossible for the blood clot to continue to increase in size. ...Read more

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How harmful is a pulmonary embolism?

Depends on size: If the clot goes to many areas of the lungs or to main arteries and block them as the blood comes out of the heart, there can be no flow of blood and can be fatal, in term of areas, the clot also blocks flow and prevents oxygenation of blood. So large clots can obstruct flow and can be fatal. ...Read more

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What increases risk of pulmonary embolism?

What increases risk of pulmonary embolism?

See below: Many things including having had a previous deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, having a genetic predisposition or family history, smoking, birth control medication, autoimmune diseases such as lupus and prolonged immobilization including travel or bed rest, to name a few. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a pulmonary embolism?

How do you diagnose a  pulmonary embolism?

CT scan: The gold standard for diagnosing a pulmonary embolism is a ct scan of the chest with IV contrast. D-dimer (a blood test) may be used a s a screening tool, if that is negative, your chances of having a thromboembolic event are really low. For people intolerant of IV contrast, or with renal insufficiency, a v/q scan (ventilation-perfusion scan) may be used. ...Read more

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Dr. Neil Halin
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Blood Clot In Lung (Definition)

Pulmonary embolus is a condition where there is a blockage, either by a blood clot, air, or fat, of the ...Read more


Dr. Neil Halin
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Pulmonary Embolism (Definition)

Pulmonary embolism is a condition where there is a blockage, either by a blood clot, air, or fat, of the ...Read more