A. A blockage of the pulmonary artery or one of its branches
1. Thromboembolism occurs when a deep vein thrombus is dislodged from its site of formation and travels to the arterial blood supply of one of the lungs
2. . This process is termed thromboembolism
A. Difficullty breathing
B. Chest pain on inspiration
D . Hypoxia
G. Can lead to instability and death.
A. Gold standard for diagnosis is visualization a clot on CT pulmonary angiography.
B. May require thrombolysis
1. Tissue plasminogen activator (TPA)