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How does a pulmonary embolism cause death?

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A pulmonary embolism (PE) can cause a lack of blood flow that leads to lung tissue damage. It can cause low blood oxygen levels that can damage other organs in the body, too. A PE, particularly a large PE or many clots, can quickly cause serious life-threatening problems and, even death.
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Symptoms and Causes of Pulmonary Embolism