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What's the difference between a pulmonary embolus and a pulmonary infarct?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
6 doctors agree

In brief: They're related

A pulmonary embolism is a clot that has lodged in a pulmonary artery as a complication of thrombophlebitis elsewhere, usually the legs.
If all blood supply to a certain area of the lung is shut off by a blood clot, the lung can be severely damaged and die from lack of oxygen. This is called an infarction. It isn't common because the lungs have a dual blood supply.

In brief: They're related

A pulmonary embolism is a clot that has lodged in a pulmonary artery as a complication of thrombophlebitis elsewhere, usually the legs.
If all blood supply to a certain area of the lung is shut off by a blood clot, the lung can be severely damaged and die from lack of oxygen. This is called an infarction. It isn't common because the lungs have a dual blood supply.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Walter Pierce
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
4 doctors agree

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.

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.
Dr. Walter Pierce
Dr. Walter Pierce
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