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SYMPOSIUM: EMBOLISM IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 69-72

Pulmonary embolism


Department of Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA

Correspondence Address:
Mamta Swaroop
Division of Trauma and Critical Care, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 676 N. St. Clair, Ste 650, Chicago, IL
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-5151.109427

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Pulmonary embolism (PE) is responsible for approximately 100,000 to 200,000 deaths in the United States each year. With a diverse range of clinical presentations from asymptomatic to death, diagnosing PE can be challenging. Various resources are available, such as clinical scoring systems, laboratory data, and imaging studies which help guide clinicians in their work-up of PE. Prompt recognition and treatment are essential for minimizing the mortality and morbidity associated with PE. Advances in recognition and treatment have also enabled treatment of some patients in the home setting and limited the amount of time spent in the hospital. This article will review the risk factors, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, evaluation, and treatment of PE.


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