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Diagnosing pulmonary embolism in primary care

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 14 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:393
  1. Michael Rossdale (, general practitioner,
  2. John E Harvey, consultant in respiratory medicine
  1. Pembroke Road Surgery, Bristol BS8 3EU
  2. Southmead Hospital, Bristol BS10 5NB

    EDITOR—In the past 18 months two young sportsmen in their 20s have presented to our practice with breathlessness. Both were very fit but unable to complete the second half of their games; one played football, the other rugby. The first had some flitting chest pains; neither had any cough …

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