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

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Dr. Thomas Stern
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Stern
Dr. Thomas Stern
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Amniotic fluid embol

Blood in the uterus does not directly lead to a pe, but a traumatic birth can lead to amniotic fluid getting into the blood and the moving to the lung.
An amniotic fluid embolism is very serious, with a very high mortality rate.

In brief: Amniotic fluid embol

Blood in the uterus does not directly lead to a pe, but a traumatic birth can lead to amniotic fluid getting into the blood and the moving to the lung.
An amniotic fluid embolism is very serious, with a very high mortality rate.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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