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Doctor insights on: Treatment For Pulmonary Embolism Stage Four Lung Cancer

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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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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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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.

Yes,: That type of CT can detect lung cancer. Tiny nodules 2mm or less can potentially be detected. There are benign causes for nodules as well, so although CT is good at finding nodules, and possibly assigning a reasonable probability of malignancy based on certain imaging features, CT cannot make a definitive diagnosis of cancer. ...Read more

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Will a CT scan of chest/lungs w/o contrast still show pulmonary embolism and what r my options for treatment? Will I be able to breathe better again?

Will a CT scan of chest/lungs w/o contrast still show pulmonary embolism and what r my options for treatment? Will I be able to breathe better again?

Need CT angiogram: You really need a CT angiogram of the chest to reliably detect pulmonary embolism. IV contrast is needed to see blood clots in the pulmonary vessels. Anticoagulation is the main treatment for pulmonary embolism. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for blood clots in the lung (pulmonary embolus)?

What is the treatment for blood clots in the lung (pulmonary embolus)?

Acute PE: Treatment of a pulmonary embolus essentially depends on the clinical symptoms at the time of diagnosis. The symptoms can be many and varied. Treatment options:. Blood thinners, thrombolytic s, ivc filter or embolectomy (surgical removal of blood clots). First priority is to stabilize patient if needed. The decision tree will be based on what is deemed most effective for the patient ...Read more

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I have high lung pressure after pulmonary embolism, could I have pulmonary hypertension now?

I have high lung pressure after pulmonary embolism, could I have pulmonary hypertension now?

PE and PH: While it is an uncommon condition, what you describe is certainly possible. Pulmonary hypertension (ph) is abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs which can be caused by pulmonary embolism (pe) or blood clots that do not adequately resolve. ...Read more

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Can blood clots of the penis travel to the lungs and cause Pulmonary Embolism?

Can blood clots of the penis travel to the lungs and cause Pulmonary Embolism?

NO: Mondor's disease is a local phenomenon, Here is a good article:
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC2978449/ ...Read more

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What are the warning signs of a pulmonary embolism (pe or blood clot in the lung)?

What are the warning signs of a pulmonary embolism (pe or blood clot in the lung)?

Various: The usual warning signs of a pulmonary embolism (pe) include tachycardia (fast heart rate), dyspnea (shortness of breath), chest pain which can be pleuritic (ie hurts when you take a deep breath), fainting (known as syncope) and cyanosis (blue discoloration of the lips or nailbeds). ...Read more

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I had 9 emboli's in my left lung. Had all symptoms of a pulmonary embolism. I was later told that I had pneumonia. I was never sick nor had a fever.

Occam's razor: If you were diagnosed with multiple pulmonary emboli (CT scan with PE protocol), it isn't unusual to develop pulmonary parenchymal changes and even pleural effusion. The emboli are causing lack of blood supply to the parenchyma and causing tissue death and a release of infammatory markers. Sometimes the changes can be construed as infection when not. Occam's razor applies. ...Read more

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What is the difference between septic embolisms in the lungs and a pulmonary embolism?

What is the difference between septic embolisms in the lungs and a pulmonary embolism?

Bacteria: Emboli are stuff (most commonly clots) that move from somewhere to somewhere else down a blood vessel, in this case from clots in veins of the body, down to the heart, and through its right side to the lungs, where they can block blood flow to these organs. Septic emboli are stuff that also has bacteria inside, and therefore can cause further infection in the lungs, and even greater damage. ...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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How bad is the shortness of breath caused by pulmonary embolism? Is it so bad it needs immediate treatment?

How bad is the shortness of breath caused by pulmonary embolism? Is it so bad it needs immediate treatment?

Generally yes: There are some that are repeat and small and may cause minimal or no symptoms.
Major DVT and embolism can cause sudden death with severe lung vessel obstruction and heart failure. ...Read more

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Is pulmonary embolism an obstruction in the main artery to the lung?

Is pulmonary embolism an obstruction in the main artery to the lung?

Any artery: A pulmonary embolism (pe) is a clot in any of the arteries in the lungs. If the clot is large, it will lodge in one of the larger arteries, and can be fatal. If the clot is smaller, it will travel into the lung until the vessel is small enough to trap it, and may not even cause much in the way of symptoms. Any pe is serious, and the source of the clot needs to be found to prevent recurrences. ...Read more

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After having a pulmonary embolism and taking warfarin, how long and how do they ttest to see if the clot has desolved in the lung?

After having a pulmonary embolism and taking warfarin, how long and how do they ttest to see if the clot has desolved in the lung?

Not useful: It is not useful to repeat testing, for most patients. Your body will remove the clot. The medication is used to make sure you do not get a new clot.

Most important is to be followed by a lung doc who has expertise in lung clots. ...Read more

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I had a pulmonary embolism in march 2012 and was intubated in icu...I continue to have tightness in my lungs upon deep breathing and pain in my back.

See a physician: After 1 year scar tissue may have developed or the original disease process needs t o be checked. See your physician and they probably will order a followup chest xray. ...Read more

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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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What to do if I recently had a chest X-ray to look at my lungs. Would a pulmonary embolism have shown up?

Unlikely: There are some secondary x-ray signs but usually ct scan or v/q scans are necessary to detect pulmonary clots.
Plain chest x-ray can suggest an area with decreased lung markings, density of infarct, or peripheral lung contour abnormalities. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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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