Emboli from venous sources usually come to rest in the lungs and may cause subsequent damage to the heart, the lungs, or both. Commonly, the lungs and the heart are not involved in the primary thrombogenic process, but they become secondarily involved when emboli are trapped in the pulmonary vasculature. The types of emboli include thromboem-boli, tumor emboli, foreign body emboli, air emboli, and fat emboli. The clinical presentation and the necessary treatment vary with the type of emboli. This chapter will concentrate on the most common—pulmonary thromboemboli (PE).
KeywordsPulmonary Embolism Deep Venous Thrombosis Thrombolytic Therapy Intermittent Infusion Inferior Vena Cava Filter
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