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Pulmonary Embolism Low Incidence in Chronic Renal Failure

Robert T. Mossey, MD; Armand A. Kasabian; Barry M. Wilkes, MD; Lionel U. Mailloux, MD; Myron Susin, MD; Peter A. Bluestone, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1982;142(9):1646-1648. doi:10.1001/archinte.1982.00340220060013.
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• The records of 2,255 autopsies performed on adults between Jan 1, 1969, and Dec 31, 1981, were reviewed for the presence of pulmonary embolism. The overall incidence was 32.3% (18.4%, microscopic; 4%, macroscopic; and 9.9%, both). During this period, 95 patients with chronic renal failure (serum creatinine level, >5.0 mg/dL) were identified. The incidence in this group was 9.47% (all microscopic). We conclude that pulmonary embolism is an infrequent cause of mortality in patients with chronic renal failure.

(Arch Intern Med 1982;142:1646-1648)


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