Friday, October 30, 2015

Q: The overall incidence of Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is higher in (choose one)

A) Male or  B) Female

Answer: Male

Contrary to popular belief - overall incidence of Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is higher in males. 

Clinical significance: During PE evaluation, same level of suspicion should be exercise for male patients as for female patients.


1. Silverstein MD, Heit JA, Mohr DN, et al. Trends in the incidence of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism: a 25-year population-based study. Arch Intern Med 1998; 158:585. 

2. Naess IA, Christiansen SC, Romundstad P, et al. Incidence and mortality of venous thrombosis: a population-based study. J Thromb Haemost 2007; 5:692. 

3. Tagalakis V, Patenaude V, Kahn SR, Suissa S. Incidence of and mortality from venous thromboembolism in a real-world population: the Q-VTE Study Cohort. Am J Med 2013; 126:832.e13.

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