What causes pulmonary embolism?
Most cases of pulmonary embolism are caused by deep vein thrombosis, in which a blood clot in the leg has dislodged and travelled through the bloodstream to block a vessel in the lung. Other less common causes include an air bubble in a vein, bone and fat fragments from a fracture that have found their way into the bloodstream, a cancerous tumor that has broken away from a larger tumor, or amniotic fluid from pregnancy.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 13 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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