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What are the differences between thrombosis and emboli formation?

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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery - Vascular
4 doctors agree

In brief: Great question!

Thrombosis is the formation of clot.
It is safe to say all clots start out as a thrombus, and if they stay put they are forever a thrombus. But if a clot were to break off and travel somewhere else that it normally has no business visiting - like the lungs, kidneys, brain, arms, or legs it is now an embolus! doctors are obliged to figure out where emboli originated as this can affect treatment!

In brief: Great question!

Thrombosis is the formation of clot.
It is safe to say all clots start out as a thrombus, and if they stay put they are forever a thrombus. But if a clot were to break off and travel somewhere else that it normally has no business visiting - like the lungs, kidneys, brain, arms, or legs it is now an embolus! doctors are obliged to figure out where emboli originated as this can affect treatment!
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
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Dr. Mark Nielsen
Phlebology
4 doctors agree

In brief: DVT vs PE

Thrombosis refers to the development of clot in an artery or vein while an embolus refers to the actual movement of that clot elsewhere.
A typical example is a dvt, or deep vein thrombosis, of the leg where a clot has formed in the leg vein. A real concern with deep vein thrombosis is the potential for that blood clot to pass to the lung where it is then called a pulmonary embolus (pe).

In brief: DVT vs PE

Thrombosis refers to the development of clot in an artery or vein while an embolus refers to the actual movement of that clot elsewhere.
A typical example is a dvt, or deep vein thrombosis, of the leg where a clot has formed in the leg vein. A real concern with deep vein thrombosis is the potential for that blood clot to pass to the lung where it is then called a pulmonary embolus (pe).
Dr. Mark Nielsen
Dr. Mark Nielsen
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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Often Connected

A thrombus is a solid mass of platelets and/or fibrin (and other components of blood) that forms locally in a vessel.
An embolus is most often a piece of a thrombus that has broken free and is carried toward the brain by the bloodstream. An embolus does its damage by getting stuck in a large artery or branch and blocking blood flow beyond that point.

In brief: Often Connected

A thrombus is a solid mass of platelets and/or fibrin (and other components of blood) that forms locally in a vessel.
An embolus is most often a piece of a thrombus that has broken free and is carried toward the brain by the bloodstream. An embolus does its damage by getting stuck in a large artery or branch and blocking blood flow beyond that point.
Dr. Seth Zeidman
Dr. Seth Zeidman
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