HAROLD L. ISRAEL, M.D., F.A.C.P.; FRANZ GOLDSTEIN, M.D.
Pulmonary embolism is a common finding at necropsy. It is nevertheless regarded in many hospitals as an unusual disorder, infrequently considered in the differential diagnosis of cardiopulmonary diseases.
The frequent failure to recognize pulmonary embolism clinically can best be explained on the basis of widely held misconceptions regarding the prevalence of this disorder and the evidence necessary for its diagnosis.
If the diagnosis is considered only when all the classic clinical and laboratory features are demonstrable, most instances of embolism will go unrecognized. Where physicians are familiar with the variety of clinical, radiologic and electrocardiographic manifestations which characterize pulmonary embolism,
ISRAEL HL, GOLDSTEIN F. THE VARIED CLINICAL MANIFESTATIONS OF PULMONARY EMBOLISM*. Ann Intern Med. 1957;47:202–226. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-47-2-202
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;47(2):202-226.
Emergency Medicine, Pulmonary Embolism, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Venous Thromboembolism.
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