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Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2014 May;22(4):487-90. doi: 10.1177/0218492313485071. Epub 2013 Oct 9.

Pulmonary embolism and tuberculosis.

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Department of Pulmonary I, Abderrahman Mami Hospital, Ariana, Tunisia.

Abstract

Tuberculosis has a high prevalence in Tunisia, but pulmonary embolism is rarely reported in Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. We describe 3 cases of pulmonary embolism associated with severe pulmonary tuberculosis. Pulmonary embolism occurred within 2 to 13 days of pulmonary tuberculosis diagnosis. Clinical, bacteriological, and radiological evolutions were noted within 6 months for pulmonary tuberculosis, but controlling the international normalized ratio was difficult in 2 cases, and low-molecular-weight heparin was prescribed for 6 months in one case. The association between tuberculosis and pulmonary embolism is rare, but it should be systematically investigated, particularly in those with severe pulmonary or disseminated tuberculosis.

KEYWORDS:

Pulmonary embolism; pulmonary; thromboembolism; tuberculosis

PMID:
24771743
DOI:
10.1177/0218492313485071
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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