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Can you get a pulmonary embolism at age 18-22 from a blood clot?

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Dr. Gilbert Perry
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Rare but happens

Pulmonary embolism is uncommon in young active patients, but certainly can occur (witness recent episode with serena williams).
Risk factors include genetic predisposition (inherited predisposition to clot), injury to the leg, prolonged immobilzation (for example due to leg injury/surgery), pregnancy, and birth control pill.

In brief: Rare but happens

Pulmonary embolism is uncommon in young active patients, but certainly can occur (witness recent episode with serena williams).
Risk factors include genetic predisposition (inherited predisposition to clot), injury to the leg, prolonged immobilzation (for example due to leg injury/surgery), pregnancy, and birth control pill.
Dr. Gilbert Perry
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes.

In brief: Yes

Yes.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes.

Luckily, though, this is pretty unlikely.
If you have a recurring blood clot problem, you should be checked by a doctor, you may need to be anticoagulated, that is, take blood thinning medication.

In brief: Yes.

Luckily, though, this is pretty unlikely.
If you have a recurring blood clot problem, you should be checked by a doctor, you may need to be anticoagulated, that is, take blood thinning medication.
Dr. Scott Welker
Dr. Scott Welker
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