Summary of Pulmonary embolism
Flashcards on Pulmonary embolism
A pulmonary embolism is most commonly caused by a from lower extremity veins, particularly the left iliofemoral vein in women.
Questions on Pulmonary embolism
A 65-year-old woman comes to the emergency department because of hemoptysis and chest pain which worsens upon inspiration for the past 2 hours. She says that she has felt increasingly fatigued over the past 4 months and reports a 13.6-kg (30-lb) weight loss during this period. Physical examination shows scleral icterus and right upper quadrant tenderness. There is a palpable and tender nodule felt over her anterior left leg. A similar tender nodule is palpable on the right leg. A spiral computed tomography scan is done and confirms the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. After stabilization of this patients condition, which of the following is the next best step in management?