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A blood clot can form when the valves in the veins do not work
properly. If the valves do not open normally, blood cells can collect behind
the valve and begin to stick together to form a clot. A collection of clotted
blood cells is called a thrombus.
The clot, or a piece of it, can break off and travel through the
blood vessels. A blood clot can cause serious problems if it gets stuck in a
vein and blocks blood flow (thromboembolus).
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerHoward Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
Current as ofJanuary 27, 2016
Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
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