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Br Med J. 1973 Jan 13;1(5845):90-4.

Pulmonary thromboembolism presenting as asthma.


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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