Medical Practice

Pulmonary Thromboembolism Presenting as Asthma

Br Med J 1973; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5845.90 (Published 13 January 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;1:90
  1. W. J. Windebank,
  2. G. Boyd,
  3. F. Moran

    Abstract

    When a patient presents with wheezing, pulmonary embolism is not usually considered as a possible cause. However, undoubtedly bronchoconstriction can be caused by pulmonary emboli and occasionally wheezing may be so obvious as to suggest a diagnosis of bronchial asthma. Eleven cases are reported in which wheezing was attributable to recurrent pulmonary emboli and one in which it was a clamant feature after a single embolic incident.

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