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June 17, 1968

Pulmonary Embolism in a Child

Author Affiliations

From the Henry County Hospital, New Castle, Ind.

JAMA. 1968;204(12):1144-1145. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140250124022

A 9-year-old child had pulmonary embolism, a condition which is generally considered rare in children. However, postmortem studies in children have shown that pulmonary embolism occurred in approximately 1%. Thus, when the clinical findings are in keeping with the possibility of pulmonary embolism, this diagnosis should be seriously entertained even though the patient is a child.