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What causes pulmonary embolism in deep vein thrombosis?

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If your blood clot comes loose from the vein and moves through your bloodstream so it ends up partly or completely blocking a lung artery, it's called a pulmonary embolism. This can happen right after the clot forms, or it may happen later.

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 Debra Jaliman on July 11, 2017

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 Debra Jaliman on July 11, 2017

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