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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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How likely is it that the lungs would be permanently damaged?

How likely is it that the lungs would be permanently damaged following 2 separate episodes of pulmonary emboli? The first episode was caused by an ankle fracture and went undiagnosed for 5 weeks. The second episode was 7 years later and no obvious cause has been found. Worried about the damage that the clots have caused to the lungs.
Tue, 30 Jan 2018
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Hello welcome to the health care magic

For checking severity and proper management plan of pulmonary embolism I suggest you to investigate with D dimer and CT angiography.

Usually in acquired cause for five to six month oral anticoagulant drug prescribed.

Congenital cause like factor 5 Leiden mutation, protein c deficiency, protein s deficiency etc can be ruled out

You have to consult pulmonologoist or cardiologist for examination and than discuss your case.

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