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Pulmonary embolism and pneumonia may be confounded after acute stroke and may co-exist.
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PMID:  12147559     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pulmonary embolism and pneumonia are prevalent complications after acute stroke that overlap significantly in their timing, risk factors and clinical features. Consequently, confounding and co-existence of these diagnoses can occur and is probably commoner than is generally appreciated. Correct identification of pulmonary embolism in these patients is important as the mortality of this condition following stroke is higher than in unselected patients. Clinicians should have a low threshold for suspicion of, and objective testing for, pulmonary embolism in stroke patients with acute cardiorespiratory symptoms, even if an alternative diagnosis is evident.
James Kelly; Beverley J Hunt; Anthony Rudd; Roger R Lewis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Age and ageing     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0002-0729     ISO Abbreviation:  Age Ageing     Publication Date:  2002 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-07-30     Completed Date:  2002-10-11     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375655     Medline TA:  Age Ageing     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  235-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Elderly Care Department and Haematology Department, North Wing (9th Floor), St. Thomas' Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth, London SE1 7EH, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Pneumonia / complications*,  diagnosis,  mortality,  physiopathology
Pulmonary Embolism / complications*,  diagnosis,  mortality,  physiopathology
Risk Factors
Stroke / complications*,  mortality,  physiopathology

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