Description: This medical illustration series depicts the formation, migration and lodging of a deep venous (vein) thrombosis (DVT) in the lung and heart. Starting in the leg, a blood clot, called a thrombus, forms in a vein. As it grows in size, a portion called an embolus (pl: emboli) breaks off and flows through the venous system to the heart and lungs. There, multiple embolisms form in the pulmonary valve of the heart and in the lung tissue.
Last Updated: Jul 23rd, 2015