What Is It/

How Is It Recognized/

Is Massage indicated

Condition Name

What Are They?

How Are They Recognized?

or Contraindicated?

Embolism or

Thrombi are stationary

Venous emboli land in the lungs,

Massage is systemically contrain-


clots; emboli are clots that

causing pulmonary embolism.

dicated in the presence of diag-

(page 182)

travel through the circula-

Symptoms of PE include short-

nosed thrombi or emboli, as it is


tory system. Emboli are

ness of breath, chest pain, and

for any disorder involving poten-


usually composed of blood,

coughing up sputum that is

tial blood clots.


but may also be fragments

streaked with blood.



of plaque, fat globules, air

Arterial emboli can lodge in



bubbles, tumors, or bone

coronary arteries (heart attack),




the brain (transient ischemic at-




tack or stroke), kidneys, legs, or




some other organ.



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