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HK J Paediatr (New Series)
Vol 17. No. 1, 2012

HK J Paediatr (New Series) 2012;17;44-49

Case Report

Massive Pulmonary Embolism in a Chinese Adolescent Boy

PY Loung, NC Fong, KC Tse


This is a case report of massive pulmonary embolism, an uncommon condition in the paediatric population, in a boy who presented with acute onset shortness of breath. The use of tissue plasminogen activator, a form of thrombolytic therapy not commonly used in children, reversed the critical condition of our patient who eventually made a good recovery. Literature review of the disease was performed and the epidemiology, clinical features, investigation tools and strategies and management are discussed.


Keyword : Adolescent medicine; Pulmonary embolism; Thromboembolic disease; Tissue plasminogen activator



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