The Pittsburgh Penguins have yet another serious health issue to deal with.
Forward Pascal Dupuis has been diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung and will miss “at least six months while undergoing treatment with blood thinners,” according to the team’s official website.
Dupuis, who missed Tuesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens with an undisclosed injury, recently complained of discomfort in his chest. He underwent testing on Monday and it was then the blood clot was discovered.
“Pascal had a blood clot in his leg that traveled to his lung,” said Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins’ team physician. “In medical terms, that is a deep vein thrombosis resulting in a pulmonary embolism. This is the second such incident that we know of for Pascal. The treatment is at least six months of blood thinners, during which time he will not be able to play hockey. Other than that, his condition is stable.”
The 35-year-old was also diagnosed with a blood clot in January 2014 after he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. Dupuis returned to the lineup in October, registering six goals and five assists in 16 games for the Pens this season.
Dupuis is the latest Penguin to be sidelined with a health scare. Goalie Tomas Vokoun missed the entire regular season last year due to a blood clot in his pelvis, 20-year-old defenseman Olli Maatta recently underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his neck — but returned to the lineup Tuesday — while defenseman Kris Letang suffered a stroke in February at the age of 26.
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