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September 1982

Pulmonary Embolism Low Incidence in Chronic Renal Failure

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension (Drs Mossey, Wilkes, Mailloux, and Bluestone) and the Department of Laboratories (Dr Susin), North Shore University Hospital, and the Departments of Medicine and Pathology, Cornell University Medical College (Mr Kasabian), Manhasset, NY.

Arch Intern Med. 1982;142(9):1646-1648. doi:10.1001/archinte.1982.00340220060013

• The records of 2,255 autopsies performed on adults between Jan 1, 1969, and Dec 31, 1981, were reviewed for the presence of pulmonary embolism. The overall incidence was 32.3% (18.4%, microscopic; 4%, macroscopic; and 9.9%, both). During this period, 95 patients with chronic renal failure (serum creatinine level, >5.0 mg/dL) were identified. The incidence in this group was 9.47% (all microscopic). We conclude that pulmonary embolism is an infrequent cause of mortality in patients with chronic renal failure.

(Arch Intern Med 1982;142:1646-1648)