Pulmonary Embolism Misdiagnosis
A pulmonary embolism is a life threatening condition where a blood clot forms in a vein and then at some point it breaks up, or part of it travels though the heart into the lungs. There are occasions where a pulmonary embolism is a complication of a deep vein thrombosis.
- Recognised signs & symptoms of a pulmonary embolism
Where a pulmonary embolism occurs, there are common signs and symptoms such as a sudden onset of shortness of breath coupled with chest pain and sometimes a feeling of faintness and dizziness. A person with a pulmonary embolism may cough up mucus with blood or fresh blood. The treatment however, should be immediate.
- Medication & treatment
Anticoagulant medication is needed to prevent death. This medication acts to reduce the clot and has a blood thinning effect. Drugs such as Heparin and Warfarin are given. After recovery, regular blood tests and follow up is necessary for someone who has suffered a pulmonary embolism.
- Effect of delayed treatment
A delay in diagnosis or failure to treat either a DVT or pulmonary embolism promptly can have a significant effect on the sufferer. Death may even occur if there is a delay in treatment or a misdiagnosis.
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