Pulmonary Embolism

  • Dhakshinamoorthy Vijayasankar


  • Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) probably accounts for the majority of detached thrombus that becomes lodged in the pulmonary arteries giving rise to pulmonary embolism (PE).

  • Negative highly sensitive D-dimer test with a low or indeterminate pretest probability essentially excludes VTE.

  • High-risk or massive PE is defined by the American Heart Association as ‘sustained hypotension (systolic blood pressure of <90 mmHg for more than 15 min) or the requirement for inotropes or signs of shock’.

  • Thrombolysis is only recommended for patients who have a diagnosis of massive PE.


Pulmonary Embolism Deep Venous Thrombosis Acute Pulmonary Embolism Right Bundle Branch Block Massive Pulmonary Embolism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicinePeterborough City HospitalBrettonUK

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