Tuberc Respir Dis > Volume 72(2); 2012 > Article
Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases 2012;72(2):232-235.
DOI:    Published online February 1, 2012.
A Case of Spontaneous Remission of Acute Pulmonary Embolism.
Jae Joon Lee, Min Ji Lee, Hyo Park, Seok Jae Zeon, Young Min Lim, Sang Hee Song, Dong Jib Na, Eun Jin Kim
1Department of Internal Medicine, Eulji University School of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea.
2Department of Internal Medicine, Gumi CHA Hospital, CHA University College of Medicine, Gumi, Korea.
Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) ranges from asymptomatic to often fatal, incidentally discovered emboli to massive embolism causing immediate death. Acute PE may occur rapidly and unpredictably and may be difficult to diagnose. Mortality and complications can be reduced by prompt diagnosis and therapy. Untreated PE is associated with a mortality rate of approximately 30 percents. Most patients with PE have endogenous fibrinolysis, although it is not effective enough to prevent PE. A case of spontaneous remission of untreated acute PE has not previously been reported. Here we present a case of spontaneously resolved acute PE without any treatment.
Key Words: Pulmonary Embolism, Remission, Spontaneous, Fibrinolysis

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