Pulmonary thromboembolism presenting as asthma

W J Windebank, G Boyd, F Moran
British Medical Journal (1857-1980) 1973 January 13, 1 (5845): 90-4
When a patient presents with wheezing, pulmonary embolism is not usually considered as a possible cause. However, undoubtedly bronchoconstriction can be caused by pulmonary emboli and occasionally wheezing may be so obvious as to suggest a diagnosis of bronchial asthma. Eleven cases are reported in which wheezing was attributable to recurrent pulmonary emboli and one in which it was a clamant feature after a single embolic incident.

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