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ISSN : 1225-0082(Print)
ISSN : 2288-1905(Online)
The Medical Journal of Chosun University Vol.38 No.1 pp.36-39

A Case of Multiple Recurrent Pulmonary Embolism on Aspirin

Soo Youn Lee*, Myung Joon Chae, Duck Hyun Jang, Yong Moo Rho
Department of Internal Medicine, Sejong General Hospital, Bucheon, South Korea.
(Received February 4, 2013; Accepted March 15, 2013)


Pulmonary embolism (PE) still has a high associated mortality. Anticoagulation should be continued until the benefit ofpreventing recurrent PE is outweighed by the risks of bleeding. Furthermore, D-dimer values and residual clot burden maypredict recurrent thromboembolic events in patients that have completed anticoagulation therapy. The authors describe thecase of a 69-year-old female who suffered multiple recurrent PE on aspirin, her medical history included idiopathic PE, andshe had been on anticoagulant for a considerable time before switching to aspirin. It is important the possibility of recurrentPE be borne in mind to prevent secondary prevention, and that other treatment options be considered in cases of recurrentPE.


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