Are lung blood clots fatal?

Not always. Pulmonary emboli (blood clots that travel to the lungs) vary greatly in size from patient to patient; some are trivial, others are rapidly fatal, and there are all sorts of outcomes in between. They are usually a serious problem and need prompt and effective treatment, and diagnosis as to where they come from, so that can also be treated. Anticoagulants ("blood thinners") are usually prescribed.

Related Questions

Can blood clots of the penis travel to the lungs and cause Pulmonary Embolism?

NO. Mondor's disease is a local phenomenon, Here is a good article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2978449/ Read more...

If I tested borderline positive on blood test for lung blood clots but negative on VQ Scan is it possible a CT Scan or another test could be positive?

Possible. VQ scan usually quite accurate at detecting significant pulmonary embolism. CT angiography is used as well and can detect small foci which may not be detected on VQ scan. Sometimes small emboli are not as symptomatic. Should consult your physician. Read more...

Can a blood clot give you chest and jaw pain? I breathe normally, but feel like no oxygen is going to my brain...Whiteouts also. Pulmonary embolism?

This is more likely . Angina, cardiac origin (coronary artery disease) and less likely the presentation of pe. If symptoms just came, chew an Aspirin and get seen at the er. If going on for a while, need to see your doctor sooner than later for a detailed cardiovascular exam, imaging and stress testing. Read more...
Call doctor. You need to be seen by someone asap. This can be bery serious. See doctor or go to er. Read more...

Can blood clots in the lung be usually fatal?

Can be deadly. The size of the clot dictates how dangerous it is. Very very tiny emboli may not have much clinical consequence, unless it happens frequently. A large embolus that blocks large amounts of flow to the lung can cause symptoms including shortness of breath and even cardiac arrest. Unexpected shortness of breath should always be considered an emergency and evaluated by a doctor right away! Read more...

Have a history of blood clots in arm, leg, and pulmonary embolism. Last night I had a blood draw, today huge hematoma that is painful. Possible clot?

No. A hematoma occurs when blood leaks out of the blood vessel that was punctured. There is a pool of blood in the adjacent tissues and, since blood is irritating, it hurts. Because of your hx, I'm guessing you might be on an anticoagulant ("blood thinner")? If so, it predisposes you to a hematoma. Hematomas hurt but get better on their own. There's no risk of the clot "traveling" anywhere. Read more...

My question is related to menopause symptoms. I know I cannot take HRT due to a history of blood clots-pulmonary embolism- and TIA. However, is BHRT safe considering this history?

No! Estrogen increases risk of blood clots. Having a history of blood clots (TIA, PE), you need to avoid all estrogen-containing products. This includes oral birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that contain estrogen. Bioequivalent hormone replacement therapy (B-HRT) does contain a form of estrogen and therefore is as dangerous for you to take as regular HRT. Avoid all estrogens! Read more...