Posted by: lady pty | 2007/12/04


hi doc
i went in for a shoulder opp. then they found out i have embolism in my lung can you please tell me if there is any thing i must look out for becouse i have not much knowledge of this
thank you

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Dear lady pty
Sometimes a blood clot can form in the body after a surgical procedure. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that forms in another part of the body and then travels to the lung and causes a blockage in one of the lung arteries. This can cause a part of the lung tissue to die and depending on how bad the damage is, can cause shortness of breath to even death.
Risk factors for developing a pulmonary embolism is a family tendency, obesity, cancer, blood clotting disease, high platelets, sitting still or lying still for long periods of time, fractures of the pelvis or legs and having had a major operation.
-breathlessness, which often occurs suddenly and for which there is no other explanation such as an asthma attack.
-Sudden pain in your chest.
-blood in your phlegm.
-feeling uncomfortable, nervous and anxious.

In virtually all cases you will need preventive medicine because of the chance of a re-occurrence. This means that most people who have had even a small pulmonary embolus need to go to hospital as an emergency to confirm the diagnosis and to start treatment.

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Posted by: Ronel | 2008/10/28

Husband suffered pulmonary emboilism 2+ weeks ago due to broken bone in foot having caused blood clots. Taking Warfarin - still adjusting dosage. Foot has recently started swelling a lot - MY QUESTION IS, IS THIS CAUSE FOR CONCERN (i.e. MORE BLOOD CLOTS)?

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