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Describe the features of a blood clot in the lungs.?
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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
11 doctors agree
In brief: Pulmonary embolus
Typically clot that ends up in the lungs from a deep venous thrombosis of the extremities.
Most often this is a DVT of the legs. The clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream through the heart an into the pulmonary arteries. This is in the most extreme case can cause heart failure, respiratory insufficiency and death.

In brief: Pulmonary embolus
Typically clot that ends up in the lungs from a deep venous thrombosis of the extremities.
Most often this is a DVT of the legs. The clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream through the heart an into the pulmonary arteries. This is in the most extreme case can cause heart failure, respiratory insufficiency and death.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Pulmonary embolism
Pe, the medical term for a blood clot in the lungs, can present mildly like a cough and feeling winded with exertion or it can present dramatically with collapse and death.
Almost everyone has some breathlessness. Occasionally one coughs blood or feels pain with deep breath or cough. Risk factors are usually present but there's no room to list them all here. If suspected, a ct scan is indicated.

In brief: Pulmonary embolism
Pe, the medical term for a blood clot in the lungs, can present mildly like a cough and feeling winded with exertion or it can present dramatically with collapse and death.
Almost everyone has some breathlessness. Occasionally one coughs blood or feels pain with deep breath or cough. Risk factors are usually present but there's no room to list them all here. If suspected, a ct scan is indicated.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery - Vascular
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
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