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Post pulmonary embolism syndrome: a common, underdiagnosed complication that is not well recognised
  1. Alexander Sanders and
  2. Max Matonhodze
  1. Respiratory Medicine, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Walsall, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alexander Sanders, alexsanders{at}


A 56-year-old man developed chronic breathlessness which persisted for years after he suffered acute pulmonary embolism (PE) despite all investigations being subsequently normal. This case illustrates a very common complication which occurs in up to half of all patients after an acute PE which has been labelled ‘post pulmonary embolism syndrome’, yet it is not well recognised and at present there is not much research into the prevention or even possible treatment options for patients who develop these symptoms.

  • pulmonary embolism
  • haematology (incl blood transfusion)
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  • Contributors AS has analysed, collected and drafted the case report. MM is the responsible consultant who managed and followed the patient and made recommendations as well as reviewed the case report.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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