Pulmonary embolism is a blockage of an artery in the lungs by a substance that has traveled from elsewhere in the body through the bloodstream. Severe cases can lead to passing out, abnormally low blood pressure, and sudden death.
While pulmonary embolism usually results from a blood clot in the leg that travels to the lung, a small proportion of cases are due to the embolization of air, amniotic fluid, or fat.
Pulmonary fat embolism was what happened to a 30-year-old Swedish man while he was undergoing a phalloplasty, or penile elongation and girth enhancement procedure.
Leah Bitsky reports for the New York Post, July 31, 2017:
“The 30-year-old, who had no prior medical history besides mild asthma, went into cardiac arrest towards the end of the surgery, the Journal of Forensic Sciences reports. Doctors tried to resurrect the patient while he was rushed to an emergency hospital but…
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