UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Vascular

Title: DVT and Asymptomatic Pulmonary Embolism

Keywords: DVT, Pulmonary Embolism (PubMed Search)

Posted: 4/7/2008 by Rob Rogers, MD (Updated: 12/14/2019)
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DVT and Asymptomatic Pulmonary Embolism

A few important pearls about PE:

  • Remeber that up to 50% of patients with proven DVT will have asymptomatic PE at the time of presentation
  • Large, even central PE may be asymptomtic
  • Normal vital signs DO NOT rule out PE

Journal of Thrombosis and Hemostasis and Chest-2006, 2007