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Pulmonary Embolism Directory

A pulmonary embolism is a blockage in an artery in the lung. It is usually due to a blood clot that has traveled to the lung from another part of the body, usually the leg. This type of blood clot is called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). A pulmonary embolism is a serious, possibly life-threatening condition that can block blood flow to the lungs. This decreases blood oxygen levels and can lead to organ damage. A pulmonary embolism requires emergency medical treatment. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how a pulmonary embolism develops, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.

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Depending on the size of the clot and where it travels, DVT can be dangerous. But most people who get treatment right away go on to lead normal lives.

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