World Thrombosis Day

Yesterday was world thrombosis day.  This unfortunate patient had trouble breathing despite a normal chest x-ray and having a filter to prevent blood clots from going to the lung.  CT scan was ordered, which shows a massive blood clot at the branch point of the main pulmonary artery within the lung, depicted here by the yellow arrow.  This is a life threatening condition known as “saddle” pulmonary embolism.  Difficulty breathing is a serious complaint and must be fully evaluated.

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