Acute Pulmonary Embolism Masquerading as Acute Inferior Myocardial Infarction

Chukwudi Obiagwu, Jinu John, Lou Mastrine, Elliot Borgen, Jacob Shani


It is always important to maintain a high index of suspicion in the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism (PE). Death in patients with undiagnosed PE was shown to be 4 - 6 times higher than in those with a definite diagnosis and treatment. The ECG as much as it has great utility, unfortunately lacks sensitivity and specificity, providing findings that might serve as red herrings to the unsuspecting physician by suggesting an alternative diagnosis. This report describes a woman whose EKG showed ST segment elevations suggestive of acute inferior wall myocardial infarction (MI), but eventually was found to have a sub-massive PE.

J Med Cases. 2014;5(2):73-75


Pulmonary embolism; Myocardial infarction; Echocardiogram in pulmonary embolism

Full Text: HTML PDF

Browse  Journals  


Journal of Clinical Medicine Research

Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Journal of Clinical Gynecology and Obstetrics


World Journal of Oncology

Gastroenterology Research

Journal of Hematology


Journal of Medical Cases

Journal of Current Surgery

Clinical Infection and Immunity


Cardiology Research

World Journal of Nephrology and Urology

Cellular and Molecular Medicine Research


Journal of Neurology Research

International Journal of Clinical Pediatrics



Journal of Medical Cases, monthly, ISSN 1923-4155 (print), 1923-4163 (online), published by Elmer Press Inc.                     
The content of this site is intended for health care professionals.
This is an open-access journal distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted
non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Creative Commons Attribution license (Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International CC-BY-NC 4.0)

This journal follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals,
the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines, and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.

website:   editorial contact:
Address: 9225 Leslie Street, Suite 201, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3H6, Canada

© Elmer Press Inc. All Rights Reserved.