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What is thoracic embolism ? Does it lead to pain and blood clot ?

i have been experiencing pain under my right arm pit it has gotten progressively worse and my doctor is scared about it being a thoracic embolism what do you think
Asked On : Sat, 9 Apr 2011
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response

Pain under the arm pit an be due to multiple causes.
Muscular, Skin lesions, Folliculitis
Lung Pneumonia

You should get an Chest X Ray done
this will show clearly if there is any major injury to the Ribs/Lungs

Regarding embolism, if you have other features and history - you will need further evaluation

Thanks and Regards

Dr Kiran
Answered: Tue, 28 Jun 2011
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OBGYN Dr. Rakhi Tayal's  Response
Thanks for writing to us.
Pain under right arm pit can be because of many reasons. It needs to be examined properly and then investigated to reach a diagnosis. Thoracic embolism is not the commonest cause of such pains. It is best to have all the investigations done.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal
Answered: Tue, 28 Jun 2011
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General & Family Physician Dr. Jitender Chauhan's  Response
hello, welcome to healthcaremagic. Thoracic embolism is a very common and lethal medical situation. It usually occurs due to presence of some other medical disorder in body like DVT. I need to know more about your medical condition to raise suspicion about embolism. But even if you are suspected to have pulmonary embolism your doctor must immediately start you on anti coagultaion drugs, and perform a CT angiography. Wish you good health.
Answered: Tue, 28 Jun 2011
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