emboli emboli


  • (n) an abnormal particle (e.g. an air bubble or part of a clot) circulating in the blood


  1. The remarkable drug known as dicoumarin may even reduce to zero the 6% of post-operative deaths caused by thrombi (fixed blood clots) and emboli (wandering blood clots).
  2. But the thrombus grows, may eventually let loose daughter clots (emboli) which swim on to lodge at vital bottlenecks in the blood stream.
  3. Other frequent sites for emboli are the brachial artery in the elbow, affecting the forearm and hand; the popliteal (10%), affecting the lower leg and foot; the aorta, affecting .


  1. CT Scan May Be Too Good at Finding Lung Problems, Study Finds

    A new analysis finds that CT angiography, a powerful tool in detecting pulmonary embolisms, is overused in diagnosing such blockages, leading to overtreatment.
    on July 4, 2013     Source: New York Times

  2. New test spots more lung clots but seems to result in overdiagnosis

    A new diagnostic test to detect pulmonary embolism (a blockage of the main artery of the lung) misses fewer clots, but seems to result in overdiagnosis, warn experts on bmj.com today.
    on July 3, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!

  3. Invasion of the body snatchers: Where have all the doctors gone?

    After a 20-hour encounter beginning at 9:30 p.m. in the emergency room at my health plan’s hospital, I honestly don’t know what it means to be a doctor any more. When my husband who had a history of bilateral pulmonary emboli developed chest pain, I thought it prudent to go to the emergency room. We [...]
    on July 3, 2013     Source: MedCity News

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