How does the prevalence of pulmonary embolism (PE) vary among different age groups?

Updated: Oct 16, 2019
  • Author: Daniel R Ouellette, MD, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Pulmonary embolism is increasingly prevalent among elderly patients, yet the diagnosis is missed more often in these patients than in younger ones because respiratory symptoms often are dismissed as being chronic. Even when the diagnosis is made, appropriate therapy frequently is inappropriately withheld because of bleeding concerns. An appropriate diagnostic workup and therapeutic anticoagulation with a careful risk-to-benefit assessment is recommended in this patient population.


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