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Detached blood clot. Computer artwork of an embolus (detached blood clot) in a blood vessel. The erythrocytes (red blood cells) in the clot are held together by the protein fibrin (yellow lines). If an embolus becomes lodged in a vessel it stops the flow of oxygen and leads to tissue death. This can be fatal if it lodges in the heart (heart attack), brain (stroke) or lungs (pulmonary embolism).
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