pulmonary embolism

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pulmonary embolism

A condition in which an embolus (blood clot, formed in a vein) breaks off and blocks a pulmonary artery which supplies blood to the lungs. It can result in pain, breathlessness, and sudden death.
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Noun1.pulmonary embolism - blockage of the pulmonary artery by foreign matter or by a blood clot
embolism - occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus (a loose clot or air bubble or other particle)
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It usually affects middle-aged and elderly patients with altered local defenses, associated with underlying chronic lung diseases such as COPD, previous pulmonary tuberculosis, thoracic surgery, radiation therapy, pneumoconiosis, cystic fibrosis, lung infarction or sarcoidosis.