Case Study
Volume 9 Issue 7 - 2020
Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism for Patients with Cancer: Better Outcomes Result from Earlier Detection
Nischal Chennuru1* and Elizabeth Kwo2*
1Columbus, OH, USA
2Preventative Care and Occupational Medicine Physician, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
*Corresponding Author: Nischal Chennuru, Columbus, OH, USA.
Received: June 01, 2020; Published: July 16, 2020


Risk of pulmonary embolism (PE) is relatively high in patients with malignancies. It can happen with any cancer and the incidence is further increased by treatment modalities including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and is also affected by disease progression. Pulmonary embolism can manifest initially without symptoms but also occur as life-threatening cardiogenic shock. Diagnosis is usually confirmed by CT angiogram but algorithms to determine the pretest probability of PE using several noninvasive tests including D-dimer and EKGs, chest x-ray. Mortality of untreated pulmonary embolism is very high. Treatment of pulmonary embolism is dependent upon the symptoms and the burden of the clot which can vary from only anticoagulation to requiring thrombolytic therapy or surgical embolectomy.

Keywords: Pulmonary Embolism (PE); CT Angiogram; D-Dimer; EKGs, Chest X-Ray


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