Case report
An 89-year-old patient with acquired murmur associated with pulmonary embolism
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Submission date: 2010-04-25
Final revision date: 2010-07-05
Acceptance date: 2010-07-06
Online publication date: 2011-11-08
Publication date: 2011-11-08
Arch Med Sci 2011;7(5):902–904
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is the third most common cause of death in hospitalized patients. Diagnosis is often missed because of a non-homogeneous clinical picture. We present a case of an 89-year-old patient with an acquired murmur associated with pulmonary embolism. When examined by a family physician the patient had no symptoms typical for PE. During hospitalization, dyspnoea was exacerbated; a non-productive cough, chest pain and oliguria were observed. Pulmonary embolism was diagnosed, but because of the renal failure diagnosis was not confirmed by angio-CT.