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Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary Embolism

A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that develops in a blood vessel elsewhere in the body (most commonly the leg), travels to an artery in the lung and forms an occlusion (blockage) of the artery. A blood clot in the lung may cause serious life-threatening consequences and potentially death. Most commonly a pulmonary embolism is the result of a condition called deep vein thrombosis.