COPD and PE: A clinical dilemma

Teng Moua, Kenneth Wood

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Abstract

Dyspnea in patients with known chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be a clinical challenge due to the nonspecific nature of atypical presentations. Typical features of fever, productive cough, and wheezing on presentation support COPD exacerbation, while absence of such findings may warrant further evaluation for underlying etiologies, including pulmonary embolism (PE). It is suspected that one in four patients with atypical COPD exacerbation may have PE as an underlying or concomitant cause of acute dyspnea. This review discusses the clinical presentation of COPD and PE, and presents an overview of the rationale for pursuing work-up for thromboembolic disease in the setting of known obstructive lung diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-284
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of COPD
Volume3
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • COPD
  • Dyspnea
  • Pulmonary embolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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