Pulmonary embolism, CT scan

Pulmonary embolism, CT scan

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Caption: Pulmonary embolism. Computer tomography (CT) scan of a section through a 51 year old female patient's chest showing a blood clot, or embolism (white, centre left), in the pulmonary trunk. Smaller clots may cause shortness of breath, dizziness and chest pain. Larger clots can be fatal, as the blood is quickly starved of oxygen. Thrombolytic drugs can be used to break up a clot, and anti-coagulant drugs may help prevent the formation of others.

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