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What is a saddle pulmonary embolus?

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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology
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In brief: Saddle

A saddle pulmonary embolus is a relatively large clot that becomes lodged within the main pulmonary artery and straddles (extends into) both right and left pulmonary arteries.

In brief: Saddle

A saddle pulmonary embolus is a relatively large clot that becomes lodged within the main pulmonary artery and straddles (extends into) both right and left pulmonary arteries.
Dr. Mazen Ghani
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Dr. Walter Pierce
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Cause and effect

An embolus is something that can float through blood and then plugs the flow.
It's usually a blood clot or air. A pulmonary infarct occurs when the embolus goes to a pulmonary artery and the lung down stream dies from lack of oxygen. A saddle embolis is a clot bridging the main arteries to both the right and left lungs.

In brief: Cause and effect

An embolus is something that can float through blood and then plugs the flow.
It's usually a blood clot or air. A pulmonary infarct occurs when the embolus goes to a pulmonary artery and the lung down stream dies from lack of oxygen. A saddle embolis is a clot bridging the main arteries to both the right and left lungs.
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