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Misdiagnosed Pulmonary Embolism

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Pulmonary embolism occurs when a blockage occurs in an artery in the lung. While this blockage could be due to an air bubble, fat cells or even tumor cells, the most common cause of this blockage is blood clots from other parts of the body, most often the legs or pelvic area. Also called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), these blood clots sometimes break free and travel up until it gets to a point where the vessels are too narrow for it to pass. Most oftentimes, this occurs in the pulmonary artery. When this blockage occurs, the lungs continue to be supplied with air, but not with blood. This can lead to acute respiratory distress and even death.

Pulmonary embolism is the leading cause of accidental death for hospitalized patients. According to statistics, over 200,000 deaths occur annually in the United States because of pulmonary embolism. With so many people affected, it is important that you receive the medical attention you need. The medical malpractice lawyers at Millikan Wright, LLC can help. Have you suffered an injury due to a misdiagnosed pulmonary embolism? Call us today!

What Are the Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism?

Depending on your overall health, the size of the clot, and the area of the lung affected, the symptoms can vary greatly. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Sudden shortness of breath, even in the absence of raised physical activity
  • Chest pain very similar to a heart attack: pain in the chest region that may radiate down through the shoulder, arm or even neck and jaw. The pain may be sharp and stabbing or dull and throbbing
  • Pleurisy: worsening pain when you cough or stoop. Pain that worsens with physical activity, but doesn't go completely away at rest
  • Cough with blood in your sputum
  • Tachycardia: rapid heartbeat
  • Wheezing, shortness of breath
  • Swollen legs, especially in the calf area. Legs could be hot to the touch.
  • Light headedness
  • Fever
  • Cold sweats
  • Clammy skin, or skin that takes on a bluish tint

It is important that your medical provider is able to identify these symptoms and take the appropriate actions to ensure your safety. If not, you can suffer severe and life-altering personal injuries.

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