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Case Report Delayed Development of Pulmonary Embolism after Total Hip Replacement: A case report
Hyun Kyo Lim, Young Bok Lee, Kwang Ho Lee, Chun Gyung Kim, Kyoung Min Lee, Chong Kweon Chung

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1Department of Anesthesiology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea.
2Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, Inha University, Inchon, Korea.

Though anticoagulant therapy has been shown to improve outcomes dramatically, pulmonary embolism is a potentially fatal disease. A 82 years old female underwent elective operation for left femur neck fracture under general anesthesia. At the twenty-two postoperative days, she suddenly developed cyanosis with hypotension. She was transferred to intensive care unit and pulmonary embolism was diagnosed by pulmonary perfusion scan and echocardiography. Despite of diagnosis and treatment of pulmonaly embolism, she expired 29 hours after onset of symptom.

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