Formation in a blood vessel of a clot (thrombus) that breaks loose and is carried by the blood stream to plug another vessel. The clot may plug a vessel in the lungs (pulmonary embolism), brain (stroke), gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, or leg. Thromboembolism is a significant cause of morbidity (disease) and mortality (death), especially in adults. Treatment may involve anticoagulants (blood thinners), aspirin, or vasodilators (drugs that relax and widen vessels).
- Thrombolytic agent
A drug that is able to dissolve a clot (thrombus) and reopen an artery or vein. Thrombolytic agents may be used to treat a heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis (clot in a deep leg vein), pulmonary embolism, and occlusion of a peripheral artery or indwelling catheter. All thrombolytic agents are serine proteases (they digest […]
The tendency to form thromboses (blood clots in arteries and veins).
Inflammation of a vein that occurs when a blood clot forms.
Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism.
- Thrombosis, cavernous sinus
A blood clot within the cavernous sinus. A thrombosis in this key crossroads causes cavernous sinus syndrome.