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What is an embolus?

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Dr. Trushar Dungarani
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Blockage of blood

Embolism is something that blocks proper flow of blood in the body.
An embolism is usually a blood clot that can forms in your veins or arteries that can lodge in dangerous places in your circulatory system. Venous embolisms can cause catastrophic breathing problems. Air, fat and a few other things can also be a type of embolism that blocks blood flow.

In brief: Blockage of blood

Embolism is something that blocks proper flow of blood in the body.
An embolism is usually a blood clot that can forms in your veins or arteries that can lodge in dangerous places in your circulatory system. Venous embolisms can cause catastrophic breathing problems. Air, fat and a few other things can also be a type of embolism that blocks blood flow.
Dr. Trushar Dungarani
Dr. Trushar Dungarani
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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine
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In brief: In the bloodstream

Embolus: something that travels through the bloodstream, lodges in a blood vessel and blocks it.
Examples of emboli are a detached blood clot, a clump of bacteria, and foreign material such as air.

In brief: In the bloodstream

Embolus: something that travels through the bloodstream, lodges in a blood vessel and blocks it.
Examples of emboli are a detached blood clot, a clump of bacteria, and foreign material such as air.
Dr. Sarab Alfata
Dr. Sarab Alfata
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Dr. Niranjan Rao
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: See below

Generally it is a blood clot/organized, that forms in one location (generally the heart) and travels to another location in the body.

In brief: See below

Generally it is a blood clot/organized, that forms in one location (generally the heart) and travels to another location in the body.
Dr. Niranjan Rao
Dr. Niranjan Rao
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