Pulmonary embolism is a sudden blockage in a lung artery. Blockage usually is caused by a blood clot that travels to the lung from a vein in the leg. Because pulmonary embolism almost always occurs in conjunction with deep vein thrombosis, most doctors refer to the two conditions together as venous thromboembolism. Pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening, but prompt treatment can greatly reduce the risk of death.
Statistical analysis of pulmonary embolism in Poland resulted as the anticoagulation was interrupted due to the risk of intraoperative bleeding. Due to the continued presence of multiple VTE risk factors, the Angel (®) Catheter was placed at the bedside for the prevention of PE. At the time of removal, a CT scan demonstrated a filling defect, consistent with a fine emboli caught inside the filter. After removal, thrombus was found lodged in the tip of the catheter filter.