Pulmonary embolism

Tuyet Trinh N. Truong, Daniel S. Jones, Andrew S. Dunn

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Pulmonary embolism (PE) is defined as partial or complete occlusion of a pulmonary arterial branch by thrombus originating from the pelvis or legs, leading to impaired blood flow and increased cardiac right ventricular pressure. PE and deep vein thrombosis are presentations of the same underlying process, venous thromboembolism. PE is the third most common cardiovascular condition of the industrialized world and has high mortality if appropriate treatment is not initiated promptly. It is, therefore, important that clinicians understand its presentation, diagnosis, the indications for certain diagnostic tests, current treatment guidelines, and the indications for inferior vena cava filter and thrombolysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-493
Number of pages15
JournalHospital Medicine Clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Inferior vena cava filter
  • Outpatient treatment of PE
  • PE
  • Pulmonary embolism


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