Are Individuals With Pneumonia at Risk for Developing Blood Clots in the Lungs?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 14, 2020 4:20:29 PM ET
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It is possible that a person with a history of pneumonia may develop a blood clot in the lungs, according to Physicians' Desk Reference. A blood clot in the lungs can cause a pulmonary embolism, which is a blockage in a lung artery. Although pneumonia may be one cause for this condition, there are many others, including immobility due to illness, heart problems, cancer, surgical procedures, obesity and inherited disorders, states Mayo Clinic.

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