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Doctor insights on: Pulmonary Embolism And Uterine Cancer

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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. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...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?

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 and why does clotting in the uterus and cause a pulmonary embolus?

How and why does clotting in the uterus and cause a pulmonary embolus?

Pulmonary embolus: A pulmonary embolus is when a blood clot from another part of the body travels through the veins and reaches the lungs. All the veins in the body empty into the right side of the heart and the right side of the heart pumps blood to the lungs. The blood vessels in the lungs get very small so any object of significant size will get stuck in the lungs. The lungs act as a filter for venous blood. ...Read more

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How common is pulmonary embolism in 20 year olds?

How common is pulmonary embolism 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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Is it likely to get a pulmonary embolism 2 times?

Depends: If the cause is a onetime event such as surgery, or oral contraceptives .The chance for recurrence diminishes when the offending agent is removed. The risk for recurrent pulmonary embolism is increased. However if you have atrial fib, chronic venous disease of the legs, cancer or a genetic predisposition to clot. Also patients who have idiopathic events have increased recurrence. ...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 to survive a pulmonary embolism if left untreated?

Why not treat it?: Pulmonary emboli are not things to be ignored or not treat. This is something that a medical professional needs to treat with usually blood thinners. If there is a reason to not give blood thinners, then there still may be other things to do to minimize or prevent the risk of future clots. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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


Dr. Robert Marcus
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Uterine Cancer (Definition)

Uterine cancer is cancer of the uterus, the female organ in which the implantation of an embryo and carrying of a fetus take place. Cancer usually develops in the cells that form the uterine--a portion of which are shed ...Read more