Should We Regularly Include Pulmonary Embolism in the Differential Diagnosis of Syncope?

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Synopsis: In patients admitted to the hospital for a first episode of syncope, workup for pulmonary embolism should be included, despite alternative explanations for the syncopal episode. Pulmonary embolism was identified in nearly 1 of every 6 patients hospitalized for syncope.

Source: Prandoni P, Lensing AW, Prins MH, et al. Prevalence of pulmonary embolism among patients hospitalized for syncope. N Engl J Med. 2016;375:1524–1531.

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