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Letters Pulmonary embolism

Unsuspected pulmonary embolism

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 18 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2640
  1. Jecko Thachil, haematology SpR1
  1. 1Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool L7 8XP
  1. jeckothachil{at}

    Meyer and colleagues highlight that pulmonary embolism is easily missed,1 but the number of unsuspected cases is increasing with improved detection methods such as computed tomography.2 How clinically important are these asymptomatic emboli?

    In one retrospective study, a …

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