Pulmonary embolism is a life threatening condition that occurs when a mobile thrombus occludes the pulmonary artery or a branch of the pulmonary artery. The origin could be air, fat, amniotic fluid, bacterial invasion or a migrated deep venous thrombus (Tapson, 2008). There are several primary methods of diagnosing pulmonary embolism though not all of them are feasible, cost effective or even available depending on the clinical setting of the patient. Timely and correct diagnosis can mean the difference between saving a life and losing it.
Current Primary means of Diagnosing Pulmonary Embolism
History taking is the first step in diagnosing a case of pulmonary embolism. Continue reading...