A 55-year-old male asked:
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i had 9 emboli's in my left lung. had all symptoms of a pulmonary embolism. i was later told that i had pneumonia. i was never sick nor had a fever.

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Dr. Christopher Cirino
23 years experience Infectious Disease
Occam's razor : If you were diagnosed with multiple pulmonary emboli (CT scan with PE protocol), it isn't unusual to develop pulmonary parenchymal changes and even pleural effusion. The emboli are causing lack of blood supply to the parenchyma and causing tissue death and a release of infammatory markers. Sometimes the changes can be construed as infection when not. Occam's razor applies.
Answered on May 26, 2019
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