What Are the Differences Between Embolism and Thrombosis?

Q:
What are the differences between embolism and thrombosis?

A:
Thrombosis is just the clot formation, while embolism is a clinical condition where small particles from a blood clot, air, fat, amniotic fluid block an artery.

Thrombosis blocks a blood vessel at a narrowed site while embolism may block healthy vessels as well.

If the blocked vessel is the same, both conditions may present the same.

Thrombosis occurs when the blood clot is produced within a blood vessel and blocks the flow of blood. Embolism occurs when the whole or part of a blood clot separates itself from its place and causes an occlusion at a different part of the human body.

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