The Clinical Course of Pulmonary Embolism

S. Patrick Butler, Richard J. Quinn, Jeffrey L. Carson, Mark A. Kelley, Michael L. Terrin

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To the Editor: Carson and his colleagues report (May 7 issue)* an in-hospital mortality rate of 9.5 percent among patients with pulmonary emboli diagnosed by angiography. On the basis of clinical findings, autopsy results, and death-certificate data, they deduced that in only a small fraction of these deaths (10.5 percent) was pulmonary embolism the “immediate or underlying cause of death.” They conclude that pulmonary embolism is an uncommon cause of death, with a mortality rate of 2.5 percent. This conclusion does not appear to be justified by the data. The inclusion criteria used in the study were justifiably strict. The…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)957-958
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Sep 24 1992


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  • Medicine(all)

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Butler, S. P., Quinn, R. J., Carson, J. L., Kelley, M. A., & Terrin, M. L. (1992). The Clinical Course of Pulmonary Embolism. New England Journal of Medicine, 327(13), 957-958.