Test Your Knowledge: Pulmonary Embolism in the Emergency Department

Patients with pulmonary emboli present both diagnostic and therapeutic challenges to the emergency clinician, because initial symptoms can be variable and overlap with other medical conditions. 

Our recent issue Evidence-Based Management of Pulmonary Embolism in the Emergency Department reviews treatment options for patients with pulmonary emboli based on risk stratification scores of low, intermediate-low, intermediate-high, and high risk classifications. 

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Here are a few key points:

  • Even with appropriate care, approximately 15%- 30% of patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) will die within 90 days,1-3 potentially from the underlying medical pathology that led to the clot. 
  • Chest pain, dyspnea, and hemoptysis are common signs of PE; establishing the time of onset of symptoms can help determine the cause. 
  • Isolated syncope with no other symptoms suggestive for PE is not an indication for an evaluation for thromboembolic disease. 
  • Other findings in PE include tachypnea, tachycardia, cyanosis, lower extremity edema, and deep vein thrombosis. 

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