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Pulmonary Embolus

Alternate Names : Lung Embolus

Pulmonary Embolus | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

The diagnosis of pulmonary embolus starts with a medical history and physical examination. Diagnostic tests may include:

  • arterial blood gases, which measure oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood
  • an electrocardiogram (ECG), which measures the electrical activity of the heart
  • a pulmonary perfusion scan, which shows the blood flow to all areas of the lungs
  • a pulmonary ventilation scan, which looks at the distribution of air in the lungs

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    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/06/01

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