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Recurrent Dyspnea on Exertion in a 71-Year-Old Man With Prior Pulmonary Embolism*

Anil Singh, MD; Christian LaFalce, MD; Gary Marrone, MD; Daniel Shade, MD, FCCP; Navdeep Singh, MD
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*From the Departments of Pulmonary Medicine (Drs. A. Singh, LaFalce, Shade, and N. Singh) and Cardiothoracic Surgery (Dr. Marrone), Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.

Correspondence to: Anil C. Singh, MD, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Allegheny General Hospital, 320 E North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212; e-mail: anils_ka@hotmail.com



Chest. 2006;130(4):1244-1247. doi:10.1378/chest.130.4.1244
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A 71-year-old man presented with complaints of increasing dyspnea on exertion to his family physician. Pulmonary embolism was suspected because 6 months previously the patient underwent bilateral knee arthroplasty. CT angiography of the thorax was performed revealing bilateral filling defects in the main pulmonary arteries (Fig 1 ). The patient was anticoagulated with heparin, transitioned to warfarin, and was subsequently discharged.

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