Supraventricular tachycardia as a presenting sign of pulmonary embolism in paraplegia. Case report and review

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Abstract

Pulmonary embolism is a major complication after spinal cord injury and difficult to diagnose in any patient. Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is an unusual presentation for pulmonary embolism (PE). This article documents the records of a 60-year-old patient who was undergoing comprehensive rehabilitation after traumatic spinal cord injury and multitrauma. His treatment programme was interrupted by a PE with SVT as the only presenting symptom. This article outlines the clinical approach to the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. A high index of suspicion of PE should always be kept in mind when SVT occurs in a spinal cord injured patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-280
Number of pages3
JournalParaplegia
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1995
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Paraplegia
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Supraventricular tachycardia

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