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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society > Volume 12(2); 1983 > Article
Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 1983;12(2): 239-243.
Pulmonary Embolism in Neurosurgical Patients : A Mortality Cases Analysis.
Byung Kyu Cho, Hyun Jip Kim, Bo Sung Sim
Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
Pulmonary emboli originate from deep vein thrombi which occur frequently in pregnancies, prolonged bed-ridden state, cardiac diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, etc.. The authors analyzed 10 cases of sudden unexplained deaths and found that 4 cases of them probably had pulmonary embolism as a cause of deterioration and death. The estimated pulmonary embolism-related operative mortality was 0.1-0.3% according to the degree of suspicion. Most of the natural course of the disease are rapidly progressive ones and it is sometimes very difficult and impractical to obtain a definite diagnosis due to rapid deterioration and /or sudden death before studies. So the recognition of predisposing factors and prevention in risky patients are stressed.
Key Words: Pulmonary embolism; Deep vein thrombosis; Predisposing factors; Prevention
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