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Correspondence: M G Caleb, firstname.lastname@example.org
Massive pulmonary embolism with shock remains a highly fatal disease. We present twelve cases of massive embolism over the last seven years that required emergent surgery. Five patients suffered haemodynamic collapse and all died despite heroic attempts at salvage. A better outcome can only be achieved in this sub-category of patients with a rapid confirmatory diagnosis and appropriate thrombolysis and early referral to a cardiothoracic surgeon.
Keywords: Massive, pulmonary embolism, emergent surgery, haemodynamic collapse
Singapore Med J 2002; 43(1): 25-27