History: 55 year old male with shortness of breath
This is a case of acute pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot which travels via the heart into the arteries that supply blood to the lungs. Typically the blood clot arises from the lower extremities, what is known as a deep vein thrombosis.
Pulmonary embolism is typically an urgent or emergent condition, and if large enough can cause death (saddle embolus).
Typical treatment includes long term anticoagulation.
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