If a blood clot forms in a deep leg vein, the blood pools and the vein becomes inflamed. Besides the pain of the venous inflammation, the complications of deep vein thrombosis are particularly feared: if parts of the blood clot become dislodged, they can be swept into the lung in the blood circulation: this causes a so-called pulmonary embolism that can end in death. The danger of a pulmonary embolism is highest in the first three to five days of a thrombosis.
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