Pulmonary infarction - Definition

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Definition


Pulmonary infarction is the destruction of lung cells following a stopage of blood circulation. This infarction is the consequence of the blockage of an artery that irrigates lung tissue. The pulmonary infarction is a rare complication of a pulmonary embolism. Concretely, this means that a clot has migrated from another area of the body (usually the legs) into a pulmonary artery, where it is blocked. Clinical signs are typically coughing up black blood, chest pain, and dry cough leading us to suspect a pulmonary embolism.

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Published by Jeff. Latest update on December 11, 2013 at 04:37 AM by Jeff.
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