The impact of an aging population on the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism: Comparison of young and elderly patients

Robert Castelli, Luigi Bergamaschini, Patrizia Sailis, Giuseppe Pantaleo, Fernando Porro

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Abstract

The influence of age on predisposing factors, diagnostic tests, and clinical presentation of pulmonary embolism was evaluated in 582 subjects with suspected pulmonary embolism (180 aged 65 years. Age was directly related to the diagnosis, and the observed probability was higher than the expected probability in the 70 to 79 year subgroup. Score at the Cumulative Illness Rating Scale significantly increased as a function of both age and pulmonary embolism. Dyspnea, syncope, jugular distension, and history of previous venous thromboembolism were more frequently observed in elderly patients. In-hospital mortality rate among the elderly and younger patients was 2% and 0.2%, respectively. The authors conclude that age ≥65 years and high comorbidity are risk factors for pulmonary embolism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
JournalClinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009

Keywords

  • Age groups
  • Clinical probability
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Spiral computed tomography
  • Thromboembolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology

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