As revealed by the Lakers early Saturday afternoon, Brandon Ingram, who has missed the last two games due to a sore right shoulder, underwent further testing yesterday which revealed a Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) in his arm. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season and could face lingering effects in the future.

DVT (or deep vein thrombosis) is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein and could lead to further pulmonary-health problems if left untreated or continues to occur.

“The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute explains that blood clots may form because of damage to the lining of a vein or tissue, because your blood is thicker than normal, or because your blood isn’t moving as quickly as it should,”  writes everydayhealth.com.

In Ingram’s case, the chances of it happening again remain low, and he is an ideal candidate to make a full recovery. Still, it is a very dangerous and even life-threatening diagnosis. This is an issue that extends beyond basketball…

Though, for the Lakers, it’s an issue that won’t go unfelt. In a season already in the bunker, the team has to deal with injuries to LeBron, Lonzo, and now Ingram going into an offseason where so much was already at stake.

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