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by Devvie Devvie (New) New Student

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Is a VTE (venous thromboembolism) and a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) the same thing??

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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Not exactly. A DVT is a type of VTE. The other type is PE. A quick search of DVT vs VTE will provide plenty more information

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As above. VTE is sort of the umbrella term that includes both DVT and PE.

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nursej22 has 30 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in med/surg,CV.

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Thrombus is a clot in the place where it formed. 

Embolus is something, usually a clot, that has traveled from the place it formed. Thus, a thrombus from a deep vein that breaks loose and travels to the lungs is a pulmonary embolism. For what its worth, other substances can travel and form obstruction and tissue damage, such as amniotic fluid or fat from a long bone fracture. 

 

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