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Clinical Investigations: PLUMONARY EMBOLISM |

Estimated Incidence of Acute Pulmonary Embolism in a Community/Teaching General Hospital*

Paul D. Stein, MD, FCCP; Kalpesh C. Patel, MBBS; Neeraj K. Kalra, MD; Mircea Petrina, MD; Prathyusha Savarapu, MBBS; James W. Furlong, Jr., MD; Robert D. Steele, Jr., MD; Frank E. Check, MD
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*From St. Joseph Mercy-Oakland, Pontiac, MI.

Correspondence to: Paul D. Stein, MD, FCCP, St. Joseph Mercy-Oakland, 44555 Woodward Ave, Suite 107, Pontiac, MI 48341-2985; e-mail: steinp@trinity-health.org



Chest. 2002;121(3):802-805. doi:10.1378/chest.121.3.802
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Purpose: This study attempts to determine the incidence of established acute pulmonary embolism (PE) in a community/teaching general hospital.

Background: The reported incidence of objectively diagnosed acute PE among hospitalized adults in a large urban hospital or major university hospital ranges from 0.27 to 0.40%. Whether the incidence of PE in other categories of hospitals fits within this narrow range is unknown.

Methods: Patients with acute PE diagnosed by ventilation/perfusion lung scan, pulmonary angiography, compression ultrasound in a patient with suspected PE, autopsy, or (by coincidence) lung biopsy were identified among patients hospitalized during a 2-year period from 1998 to 2000. The incidence of PE was also determined according to age, sex, and race.

Results: Among adult patients (≥ 20 years old), the incidence of established acute PE was 95 of 34,567 patients (0.27%; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.22 to 0.34%). No PE was diagnosed in patients < 20 years old. The incidence of PE in men was 36 of 13,722 patients (0.26%; 95% CI, 0.18 to 0.36%); in women, it was 59 of 20,845 patients (0.2%; 95% CI, 0.22 to 0.36%; not significant [NS]). The incidence in African-Americans adults was 10 of 4,344 patients (0.23%; 95% CI, 0.11 to 0.42%); in white adults, it was 84 of 28,615 patients (0.29%; 95% CI, 0.23 to 0.36%; NS).

Conclusion: The incidence of PE in a community/teaching general hospital was comparable to the incidence in a large urban-care center and in a major university hospital.


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