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How is pulmonary embolism diagnosed?

There are many devastating illnesses that Maryland residents can suffer from. Some of these illnesses need constant treatment by doctors in order to be cured. In certain cases, if these conditions are not caught early, they can be deadly. One example of this is a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is when a blood clot, generally from the legs, travels into a person's lungs. This condition can be life-threatening if it is not diagnosed and treated quickly.

There are many ways to diagnose a pulmonary embolism. One way is through blood tests. Doctors can check a person's blood for certain clot dissolving enzymes. If these enzymes are present, a person may be at a higher risk for a clot.

Doctors can also perform a chest x-ray. While a chest x-ray is not definitive in diagnosing a pulmonary embolism it can rule out other conditions that mimic the symptoms of an embolism. An ultrasound can also be used to help diagnose a pulmonary embolism. An ultrasound can be used on a person's legs to check for clots. The absence of clots can suggest that a pulmonary embolism is unlikely.

A CT scan can also be used to accurately diagnose this condition. A pulmonary angiogram is also likely if doctors suspect a pulmonary embolism. Tests can give more detailed and accurate pictures of what's going on. In some cases, an MRI can also be used to help diagnose this deadly condition.

The failure to diagnose a pulmonary embolism can be extremely dangerous for a Maryland resident. If the doctor fails to notice the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism or chooses not to perform the correct tests, then the patient will suffer. In some cases, people may be entitled to compensation as a result of this doctor's error. The failure to diagnose a serious condition can be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

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