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    Pulmonary Embolism - When To Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you think you have symptoms of pulmonary embolism.

    Symptoms include:

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    Pleural Effusion

    A pleural effusion is an abnormal amount of fluid around the lung. Pleural effusions can result from many medical conditions. Most pleural effusions are not serious by themselves, but some require treatment to avoid problems.

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    Call your doctor immediately if you have symptoms of a blood clot in the leg, including:

    • Swelling, warmth, or tenderness in the soft tissues of your leg. Swelling may also appear as a swollen ridge along a blood vessel that you can feel.
    • Pain in your leg that gets worse when you stand or walk. This is especially important if there is also swelling or redness in your leg.

    Blood clots in the deep veins of the leg are the most common cause of pulmonary embolism. For more information on these types of blood clots, see the topic Deep Vein Thrombosis.

    Who to see

    Health professionals who can diagnose pulmonary embolism include:

    To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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