What are the signs and symptoms of venous thromboembolism (VTE)?

Updated: Nov 05, 2020
  • Author: Vera A De Palo, MD, MBA, FCCP; Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS  more...
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Answer

Signs and symptoms of thromboembolism include the following:

  • Acute onset of shortness of breath; dyspnea is the most frequent symptom of PE
  • Pleuritic chest pain, cough, or hemoptysis (with a smaller PE near the pleura)
  • Syncope (with a massive PE)
  • Sense of impending doom, with apprehension and anxiety
  • Complaints related to signs of DVT, lower-extremity swelling, and warmth to touch or tenderness
  • Tachypnea (respiratory rate >18 breaths/min)
  • Tachycardia
  • Accentuated second heart sound
  • Fever
  • Normal findings from lung examination
  • Cyanosis

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