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Acute pulmonary embolism presenting as seizures.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19307400     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common and potentially fatal condition. The case is presented of a young woman who presented to the emergency department with first-time seizures. On further investigation and corroborated by post-mortem findings, this was found to be a manifestation of PE. The purpose of this report is to highlight to the clinical community that PE can present in a varied fashion and that, because of this, its diagnosis can occasionally be delayed. Vigilance is advised and expert clinical acumen is needed in young non-smoking persons with previously normal respiratory physiology who present with signs and symptoms of respiratory compromise, irrespective of the predominant or masking presentation.
A K Shah; M Darwent
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Emergency medicine journal : EMJ     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1472-0213     ISO Abbreviation:  Emerg Med J     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-24     Completed Date:  2009-04-29     Revised Date:  2012-05-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100963089     Medline TA:  Emerg Med J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  299-300     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Emergency Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Carbon Dioxide / blood
Emergency Service, Hospital
Fatal Outcome
Oxygen / blood
Partial Pressure
Pulmonary Embolism / complications*,  diagnosis
Seizures / etiology*
Young Adult
Reg. No./Substance:
124-38-9/Carbon Dioxide; 7782-44-7/Oxygen
Comment In:
Emerg Med J. 2010 Apr;27(4):335   [PMID:  20385700 ]

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