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Which is the commonest cause for death in acute pulmonary embolism

Posted Oct 31 2012 12:16pm

The  commonest  cause for death in massive pulmonary embolism is 

  1.  RV shock
  2.  Massive Hemoptysis
  3. Primary VF   originating  right ventricle
  4. Refractory Type 1 Respiratory failure

Answer : 1  .(RV shock , RV standstill and RV , RV stunning  is the unequivocal  cause for sudden death in pulmonary embolism . This RV shock occur very early .Once the patient survives the initial  RV scare (say 24-48 hours) usually do well if prompt thrombolysis and anti-coagulation is administered  )

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