Common cases in respiratory medicine: pulmonary embolism
This article describes the approach to the ward round in our first patient, Mrs Mullen, who has pulmonary embolism
- By: Georgia Tunnicliffe
Maria Mullen is a 58 year old woman who was admitted two days ago after attending the emergency department. She has just been transferred from the admissions unit to the respiratory ward. You review her notes.
You see that the admitting doctor was worried about the possibility of a pulmonary embolism and has started treatment for this with low molecular weight heparin while awaiting computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA).
No abnormalities were seen on chest radiography. The CTPA report is available on the computer and says “bilateral pulmonary emboli,” which has not been recorded in the notes.