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Disease Information : Pulmonary Embolism : Symptoms

Pulmonary Embolism : Symptoms

Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism

The most common symptom is otherwise unexplained shortness of breath. Chest pain with breathing is also common. However, PE can be difficult to diagnose and has been called “the Great Masquerader.” It can mimic pneumonia, congestive heart failure, and a viral illness known as pleurisy.

Common Signs and Symptoms of PE:

 

The signs and symptoms of these disorders can vary by individual and event. Some individuals may also experience uncommon symptoms such as dizziness, back pain or wheezing. Because PE can be fatal, if you experience these signs or symptoms seek medical attention right away.


Pulmonary Embolism section was last modified: December 21, 2010 - 05:55 pm

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