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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

Print version ISSN 0037-8682On-line version ISSN 1678-9849

Abstract

MOREIRA, Bruno Lima; SANTANA, Pablo Rydz Pinheiro; ZANETTI, Gláucia  and  MARCHIORI, Edson. COVID-19 and acute pulmonary embolism: what should be considered to indicate a computed tomography pulmonary angiography scan?. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2020, vol.53, e20200267.  Epub June 01, 2020. ISSN 1678-9849.  https://doi.org/10.1590/0037-8682-0267-2020.

The full spectrum of COVID-19 is still emerging, although several studies have highlighted that patients infected with the novel coronavirus can potentially develop a hypercoagulable state. However, several aspects related to the incidence and pathophysiology of the association between COVID-19 and pulmonary embolism are not well established. Here, we present a case of a patient with COVID-19 who developed acute pulmonary embolism. Clinical and laboratory data and findings of non-enhanced CT indicate possibility of acute pulmonary embolism, and support the decision to proceed with computed tomography pulmonary angiography that can objectively identify filling defects in pulmonary arterial branches.

Keywords : COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019); SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2); Computed tomography angiography.

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