Pulmonary embolism presenting as syncope: A case report

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Introduction. Despite the high incidence of pulmonary embolism its diagnosis continues to be difficult, primarily because of the vagaries of symptoms and signs in presentation. Conversely, syncope is a relatively easy clinical symptom to detect, but has varied etiologies that lead to a documented cause in only 58% of syncopal events. Syncope as the presenting symptom of pulmonary embolism has proven to be a difficult clinical correlation to make. Case presentation. We present the case of a 26-year-old Caucasian man with pulmonary embolism induced-syncope and review the pathophysiology and diagnostic considerations. Conclusions. Pulmonary embolism should be considered in the differential diagnosis of every syncopal event that presents at an emergency department. © 2009 Demircan et al.; licensee Cases Network Ltd.

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Demircan, A., Aygencel, G., Keles, A., Ozsoylar, O., & Bildik, F. (2009). Pulmonary embolism presenting as syncope: A case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports, 3. https://doi.org/10.4076/1752-1947-3-7440

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