Migration of clots to blood vessels of lungs – pulmonary embolism

What is pulmonary embolism?

Blood clots may migrate along with blood flow from various parts of the body to the lungs and block the blood vessels of the lungs. This condition is known as pulmonary embolism. When only small clots reach the blood vessels of the lungs, only a small portion of the blood vessels of the lung is blocked and may not cause any problem. But when large clots or multiple clots migrate to the lungs and block major blood vessels of the lung or multiple blood vessels, it can cause significant problems. Lack of blood flow to regions of the lung cause wastage of air breathed in, which goes back without being utilized for oxygenating the blood. Hence the oxygen level in the blood falls, causing breathlessness and bluish discoloration of the skin in extreme cases. Read more…