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Treatment options for pulmonary embolism

Posted on January 14, 2015 2:27 pm under Product Liability

Pulmonary embolism is a life-threatening medical condition that occurs when a blood clot obstructs an artery in the lung. Possible causes of this illness are smoking, obesity, and underlying medical conditions. In some instances, pulmonary embolism has been linked to defective metal-on-metal hip implants, such as the Biomet M2a and M2a- Magnum hip implant.

Depending on its severity, pulmonary embolism can be treated with:

  • Medications – Anticoagulants are oftentimes prescribed to halt the formation of new blood clots. For pulmonary embolisms with life-threatening symptoms, thrombolytics are sometimes prescribed to dissolve the blood clot more quickly
  • Surgical procedures – A catheter, or a flexible tube, is threaded into the affected artery to remove the clog. For individuals who are at higher risk of pulmonary embolism, doctors may recommend placing an inferior vena cava filter to prevent clot fragments from traveling into the heart and lungs

If you have been hurt by a defective Biomet hip implant in Milwaukee, speak with a product liability attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to learn more about the possibility of filing a claim. Call us at (414) 271-0900 today.