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How common is a pulmonary embolism in deep vein thrombosis?

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At least one in 10 people with deep vein thrombosis have a pulmonary embolism. That number may actually be much higher, though, because three out of four cause no symptoms and go undiagnosed.

SOURCES:

American Venous Forum: "Acute Deep Venous Thrombosis and Its Complications."

WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicine: "Deep Venous Thrombosis."

MedlinePlus: "Medical Encyclopedia: Pulmonary Embolus."

NHS Choices: "Deep vein thrombosis - Complications."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on August 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Venous Forum: "Acute Deep Venous Thrombosis and Its Complications."

WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicine: "Deep Venous Thrombosis."

MedlinePlus: "Medical Encyclopedia: Pulmonary Embolus."

NHS Choices: "Deep vein thrombosis - Complications."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on August 25, 2019

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