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Suppose a blood clot forms in the leg, then breaks free as an embolus. Is it more likely to become stuck in a lung or in the brain? Explain your reasoning.

Summary Introduction

To explain: If an embolus produced from a blood clot in the leg will stuck in the lung or brain.

Concept introduction: An embolus can be any kind of a clot particle produced from a prominent blood clot produced in the body. It moves all along the blood vessels and sticks at any place by chance. There are chances for several complicated conditions to arise when this embolus stick onto any major blood vessels as it inhibits the normal blood flow through the vessels.

Explanation

There are many chances for clotting at any place in the body. Whenever any sort of such clots occur at the leg portion, embolus from the clots may separate from the clots and lead to large complications. In such cases, embolus thus produced would be carried along with the body veins to the heart. It is from the heart, deoxygenated blood will be moved to the lungs for oxygenation...

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