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pulmonary embolism

[‚pu̇l·mə‚ner·ē ′em·bə‚liz·əm]
(medicine)
Obstruction of the pulmonary artery or a branch of it by a free-floating blood clot (embolus) usually originating from a vein in the leg or pelvic area.
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When it occurs, it is usually secondary to volume overload due to severe, organic TR or to pressure overload due to pulmonary hypertension caused by septic pulmonary emboli (or both).
Once haemodynamic stability had been achieved with ECMO, a repeat CTPA was performed, showing bilateral large pulmonary emboli involving the left and right pulmonary arteries and a pulmonary infarct of the left lower lobe (Figure 3).
Pulmonary emboli were seen in CT scans on five of the 14 ICU patients.
One can also exclude PDA-associated complications on MDCT such as cardiomegaly (LV and LA involvement), pulmonary hypertension (pulmonary artery >3 cm), Eisenmenger's syndrome (shunt reversal, enlarged RV RA), pulmonary oedema, pulmonary infection, pulmonary emboli, and the effects of infective endocarditis.
Mark represents Marilyn Rose Wilson, who suffered bilateral pulmonary emboli after using the patch.
Years before, while on a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, she had a massive myocardial infarction coupled with pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the lungs).
The pulmonary emboli were secondary to a hypercoagulable state resulting from the nephrotic syndrome and possibly the lymphoma.
Quantitative D-dimer determination has become routine practice in patients evaluated for the presence of deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary emboli (1-3).
By reviewing data from more than 70 clinical trials with 16,000 patients, the authors found that heparin shots given before and several days after surgery "can prevent about half of all pulmonary emboli and about two-thirds of all deep-vein [clots in the leg].
Bayer will have to answer allegations that its blockbuster birth control drug Yaz caused a thirty-five year old woman's severe and near fatal pulmonary emboli, cardiopulmonary arrest, and horrible blood clots in her legs," stated Fleishman.
Additionally, bilateral pulmonary emboli and extensive solid organ infarction affecting the spleen and kidneys in addition to colonic ischemia were also demonstrated (Figure 3).
The propagation of a thrombus from the deep venous circulatory system of the legs is the prime cause of most pulmonary emboli.

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