Pulmonary Embolism

Charles N. Schoenfeld Epidemiology

Pathophysiology

ClinicalFeatures Predisposing, Factors

Clinical Presentation

Physical Examination

Ci.assificati.on„of PE Diagnosis

Electrocardiography

ChestX-ray

Arterial BloodGas

Biochemical, Tests

Imaging,, Studies

DiaMnosticApproach

Treatment Disposition Chapter,, References

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is difficult to diagnose. It has a significant mortality, especially if not recognized in a timely fashion, but lacks a typical presentation. Only with a high index of suspicion and knowledge of predisposing risk factors, coupled with an understanding of the limitations of the diagnostic tests used, can the clinician reliably confirm or exclude the disease and initiate timely and appropriate therapy.

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