The testosterone injection Depo-Testosterone is known to increase the risk of blood clots in the legs. If these clots break loose, they can obstruct arteries in the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism.
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What is the problem?
Testosterone replacement therapy has skyrocketed in popularity in the last decade, with millions of prescriptions now written every year. Unfortunately, enthusiasm has turned to concern in light of recent studies linking testosterone and pulmonary embolism. These studies also indicate that just 50% of men on testosterone actually have hypogonadism. With multi-million dollar ad campaigns promoting testosterone for “Low T,” it is no wonder that many men are asking whether the benefits justify the risks.
Depo-Testosterone and Pulmonary Embolism
Depo-Testosterone is an injection of testosterone cypionate. One side effect of testosterone is an increase in the number of red blood cells. This can also increase the risk of developing a blood clot in the legs — a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
On its own, DVT can cause serious venous damage in the legs. The blood clot can also break loose, travel in the bloodstream (called an “embolus”) and get trapped in the lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism, and the combined event is called a venous thromboembolism (VTE).
What is a Pulmonary Embolism?
Pulmonary embolism (also known as a “lung attack”) occurs when the pulmonary artery is blocked, which cuts off the supply of oxygen-rich blood to lung tissue. The blockage is usually caused by a blood clot that travels to the lungs from the lower legs. Within a few minutes, cells in the lungs begin to die. The heart may also be injured as it tries to force blood into the lungs.
Signs & Symptoms
- Unexplained shortness of breath
- Problems breathing
- Chest pain (usually sharp and stabbing when breathing deeply)
- Coughing (sputum may be bloody)
- Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
- Leg swelling, pain, or redness (symptom of blood clot in the leg)
Pulmonary embolism can be deadly — about 33% of untreated and undiagnosed cases are fatal. Another serious complication is pulmonary hypertension, in which blood pressure in the lungs is too high. This damages blood vessels in the lungs and also forces the heart to work harder. Over time, this can weaken the heart.
Resources & Additional Info
- What is a Pulmonary Embolism? — National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Pulmonary Embolism Definition, Symptoms, Causes, Etc. — Mayo Clinic
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