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The blood clot can reach to lung as early as 2-4 hours but usually 48-72 hours are the most crucial duration of clot to reach in lung. After that the chance decreases slightly as clot has a tendency to adhere to the vein wall. Thus free travel to the circulation is prevent due to this adherence (sticking).
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how long does it take the blood clot to form in your thigh(back of the knee) is it hours days weeks in total.
basically how long in total ?is it possible it can take 20 days apox from the start of the forming of a dvt to multiple blood clots in the lungs being diagnosed?
A blood clot can form in hours and usually it would be 24-48 hours. But clot in increase in size later on if the preventive measures or treatment is not started. Twenty days are not common for forming a blood clot and than diagnosed by a lung embolism but that can occur and is not impossible. Though as we discussed, this is quite unusual phenomenon.
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Yes. This can happen and is a known phenomenon. The adherent clot can get free anytime (in pieces or a single clot). Though with anticoagulation medicines this is uncommon. This is the reason venous filters in the veins need to be employed in certain circumstances.
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