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Ways to diagnose pulmonary embolism

Posted on January 13, 2015 2:28 pm under Defective Metal Hip Implants

Pulmonary embolism happens when a blood clot lodges into one of the arteries in the lungs, causing a myriad of complications, such as pulmonary embolism and potentially even death. The clot, however, can be triggered by an ill-designed metal-on-metal Biomet hip implant. The metallic components of this medical device may cause metallic debris to collect in the surrounding tissues and allow blood clots to develop.

Apart from typical tests such as computerized tomography (CT) scans, blood tests, ultrasound, and chest X-rays, other diagnostic options available are:

  • Pulmonary angiogram – a catheter is inserted in a large vein in the groin area and threaded into the pulmonary arteries. A dye will be injected to see the movement of the blood. This diagnostic option is associated with many health risks, including kidney damage
  • V/Q lung scan – Measures the air flow by inhaling a radioactive material, and then the blood flow by injecting a small amount of radioactive material into a vein in the arm

To know more about the possibility of taking legal action after being hurt by a defective Biomet hip implant in Appleton, consult with one of the lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. Call us at (414) 271-0900 today.