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Fever and pulmonary thromboembolism.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  463928     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Fever patterns associated with pulmonary thromboembolism have not been well characterized. Upon review of 35 consecutive patients with angiographically documented pulmonary emboli, fever was present in 24 patients; and in 20, it was attributed solely to pulmonary thromboembolism. Analysis of these cases indicates that high fever (temperature greater than 39 degrees C) due to pulmonary thromboembolism may occur early, and low-grade fever may continue for a week or more. Fever persisting beyond six days, however, especially with temperatures over 38.5 degrees C, should not be ascribed to pulmonary thromboembolism unless other causes have been carefully excluded. If the clinical setting and patient's findings are consistent with pulmonary thromboembolism, one should not be deterred from presumptively making this diagnosis and initiating therapy because of the presence of high fever.
Authors:
H W Murray; G C Ellis; D S Blumenthal; T A Sos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of medicine     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0002-9343     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Med.     Publication Date:  1979 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-09-25     Completed Date:  1979-09-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0267200     Medline TA:  Am J Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  232-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Aged
Female
Fever / etiology*
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Pulmonary Embolism / complications*,  diagnosis
Time Factors

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