Pulmanary Embolism has me worried

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I was admitted to the hospital on 2/6/18 and diagnosed with a small clot in my lung, Pulmanary Embolism. 

So now my questions are;

Will this clot ever leave my lung?  If so, how will I know?

Since I just had the PE I’ve been asking my Pulmonologist many questions, but I’d rather hear what others say.  Thanks!!!

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    I had bilateral pes in November of 2016. The clot will absorb thorough your blood with in the next six weeks or 6 months. Typical treatment for first time pe is 6 months of blood thinners. I had a follow up ct scan at my 6 month Mark and they where fine and I was taken off thinners. I do still take baby asprin. Mine may have been caused by kicking a door 30 times. I was back to normal once I was off thinners. Thinners made me feel like s**t as my chest always hurt. I didn't have any symptoms of pe other then a needle poke feeling in my chest. Mine where relitvley small I was told. I do not have a clotting disorder or any thing like that so my hematologist believes I'm low risk at 10% of getting another one. Hopefully I do not. Do they know what caused yours?

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    Hello, sorry you are going thru this. But I have a question what were your symptoms? 
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    Hi Brian I had PE and Deep Embolism in my leg as well a year ago. Dr put me on Blood thinner for 6 mos and I had another ct scan and ultrasound for my leg and all was cleared up so I went off the Blood thinner and in no more then 3 weeks I had trouble breathing again did another Ct scan and there was a small clott in one lung. So Dr told me I need to remain on the blood thinner indefinately. the do not desolve as people would put it but the get absorbed back into your bloodstream and everyone is different. I know your concern but being on blood thinner reassures my I won't have a stroke. again in 6 mos. I will have another ct to be sure all is okay. I just want to know more myself why is this a generic thing where did it come from? Will continue to Dr with this until I find out why I hope this answers some of your questions or concerns

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    Hi brian,

    ?Yes the clot will disappear, the blood thinners won't make it disappear, that is used to prevent anymore from forming. Your body will take care of the clot in the lung, it breaks down and is taken care of naturally within our body. I don't know your medical history , but in some patients with clots sometimes it takes ages for the clots to disappear and leave scars, of course this depends on the severity of the clot(s), other patients depending on genetics, history of clots and hereditary have to remain on blood thinners for life. There are several factors in regards to why people get clots or DVT's and I'm sure they have been explained to you, well your doctor should of explained the usual  causes.

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