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If my child is having difficulty breathing, could this be pulmonary embolism?

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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not Likely

Unless your child has multiple other serious medical conditions, then it is very unlikely for a child to have a pulmonary embolus.
But if your child has conditions which predispose to pe, then please seek prompt medical attention if you are concerned.

In brief: Not Likely

Unless your child has multiple other serious medical conditions, then it is very unlikely for a child to have a pulmonary embolus.
But if your child has conditions which predispose to pe, then please seek prompt medical attention if you are concerned.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Unlikely

But see doc asap.

In brief: Unlikely

But see doc asap.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine

In brief: It Depends

Children can develop pulmonary embolism, but if you have concerns about your child's health, it is best to see your pediatrician as soon as possible.
I would suggest that an online forum is not the best place to get an answer for a potentially dangerous diagnosis.

In brief: It Depends

Children can develop pulmonary embolism, but if you have concerns about your child's health, it is best to see your pediatrician as soon as possible.
I would suggest that an online forum is not the best place to get an answer for a potentially dangerous diagnosis.
Dr. Michael Carson
Dr. Michael Carson
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Dr. Emily Szewczyk
Family Medicine

In brief: Probably not

Pulmonary embolism is rare in otherwise healthy children.
Asthma or upper respiratory infections such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia are more common causes. Whenever a child is having trouble breathing, urgent medical attention is necessary.

In brief: Probably not

Pulmonary embolism is rare in otherwise healthy children.
Asthma or upper respiratory infections such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia are more common causes. Whenever a child is having trouble breathing, urgent medical attention is necessary.
Dr. Emily Szewczyk
Dr. Emily Szewczyk
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