There’s a video on the CNN website that shows a massive blood clot being pulled out of a man’s chest (Tim Henderson is the name of *lucky soul).
Apparently, the belief is the clot probably formed in his leg after he broke it and had to keep it immobilized to heal.
It traveled to his lung, and caused a PE.
It seems unlikely that the clot started that big in his leg, and snaked its way to his lung. I’m going to assume that it was much smaller, and somehow it grew by accretion once it hit the lung. Is that plausible?
The doctor is shown pulling the clot out in one piece. I never imagined a blood clot to be of a consistency that it could be pulled out like that. Do clots become that “sturdy” for lack of a better word.
I don’t have a direct link to the video, but it will likely be readily available for several days.
*Lucky that he survived that monster, that is.