What is the frequency of pulmonary embolism (PE)?

Updated: Dec 31, 2017
  • Author: Wanda L Rivera-Bou, MD, FAAEM, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common disorder and an important cause of morbidity and mortality. PE occurs in approximately 650,000 patients annually in the United States, of whom approximately 300,000 die. Among patients who are hemodynamically unstable at presentation, in-hospital mortality reaches 30%.


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