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Pulmonary Services


What is PE/DVT?
A pulmonary embolus is a blockage of an artery in the lungs by fat, air, a blood clot, or tumor cells. A pulmonary embolus is most often caused by a blood clot in a vein, especially a vein in the leg, thigh or in the pelvis (hip area) that travels to the lung.

Deep venous thrombosis(DVT) is a condition in which a blood clot forms in a vein that is deep inside the body. Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) mainly affects the large veins in the lower leg and thigh. Blood clots may form when something slows or changes the flow of blood in the veins. The clot can block blood flow and cause swelling and pain. When a clot breaks off and moves through the bloodstream, this is called an embolism. An embolism can get stuck in the brain, lungs, heart, or other area, leading to severe damage.

We are not currently enrolling for PE/DVT trials, but we are constantly reviewing new studies for future enrollment.

If you are interested in participating in a study or would like more information, register now or contact The Lung Research Center at 314-439-LUNG (5864) or email: thelungcenter@stlukes-stl.com.