Diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary embolism in the elderly

Andrew R. Berman, Julia H. Arnsten

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Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a difficult diagnosis in patients of all ages, but more so in the elderly. Nonspecific symptoms and laboratory results are often misattributed to common diseases or to age itself, and can delay or even deter the diagnosis and treatment of PE. Advanced age is sometimes mistakenly seen as a contraindication to anticoagulation and thrombolysis. Together, these factors contribute to the higher morbidity and mortality associated with PE in the elderly than in younger patients. This article reviews the risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment of PE as it applies to the elderly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-175
Number of pages19
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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