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Vol 2, No 2 (2003): Polish Palliative Medicine
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Published online: 2003-02-05
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Pulmonary embolism

Ewa Jassem
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2003;2(2):93-98.

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Vol 2, No 2 (2003): Polish Palliative Medicine
Artykuły poglądowe
Published online: 2003-02-05

Abstract


Risk of the pulmonary embolism is relatively high in patients with advanced chronic diseases, particularly with malignancies. Differential diagnosis and the interpretation of diagnostic procedures may prove to be difficult. The mortality in untreated pulmonary embolism is high (30%) but appropriate treatment may decrease it to 2–18%. The treatment depends mainly on risk factors for recurrence and on performance status at diagnosis. Pulmonary embolism in advanced chronic disease is usually approached with anticoagulants. Recurrent pulmonary embolism may be managed with implantation of filters.

Abstract


Risk of the pulmonary embolism is relatively high in patients with advanced chronic diseases, particularly with malignancies. Differential diagnosis and the interpretation of diagnostic procedures may prove to be difficult. The mortality in untreated pulmonary embolism is high (30%) but appropriate treatment may decrease it to 2–18%. The treatment depends mainly on risk factors for recurrence and on performance status at diagnosis. Pulmonary embolism in advanced chronic disease is usually approached with anticoagulants. Recurrent pulmonary embolism may be managed with implantation of filters.
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Keywords

pulmonary embolism; pulmonary perfusion scintigraphy; computed tomography; d-dimers; pulmonary angiography; anticoagulant therapy

About this article
Title

Pulmonary embolism

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 2, No 2 (2003): Polish Palliative Medicine

Pages

93-98

Published online

2003-02-05

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2003;2(2):93-98.

Keywords

pulmonary embolism
pulmonary perfusion scintigraphy
computed tomography
d-dimers
pulmonary angiography
anticoagulant therapy

Authors

Ewa Jassem

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