Other conditions with symptoms similar to pulmonary embolism

Many other conditions may cause symptoms similar to pulmonary embolism.

Heart conditions often confused with pulmonary embolism

Lung conditions often confused with pulmonary embolism

Other conditions often confused with pulmonary embolism

Pulmonary embolism may also be considered whenever shortness of breath (dyspnea) or fainting (syncope) occurs without an obvious cause.1


  1. American Thoracic Society (1999). The diagnostic approach to acute venous thromboembolism: Clinical practice guideline. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 160(3): 1043–1066. Also available online: http://www.thoracic.org/adobe/statements/venous1-24.pdf.

Last Updated: January 29, 2009

Author: Maria G. Essig, MS, ELS

Medical Review: Caroline S. Rhoads, MD - Internal Medicine & Jeffrey S. Ginsberg, MD - Hematology

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