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If your pulse ox is 98 or 99 is the chance of an embolism being present low?

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Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: No

It is hard to rule out a pulmonary embolism based simply on the pulse oximitry.
In fact, major pulmonary emboli in someone with normal lungs may show a normal pulse ox. A blood gas, a blood test, and several types of scans are much more accurate at determining perfusion problems.

In brief: No

It is hard to rule out a pulmonary embolism based simply on the pulse oximitry.
In fact, major pulmonary emboli in someone with normal lungs may show a normal pulse ox. A blood gas, a blood test, and several types of scans are much more accurate at determining perfusion problems.
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Dr. David Fertel
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Yes

If you have pe and are breathing room air your pulse ox should be much lower.

In brief: Yes

If you have pe and are breathing room air your pulse ox should be much lower.
Dr. David Fertel
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Dr. Ronan Monsef
Family Medicine

In brief: Unfortunately

Pulse oximetry is not a good predictor of pulmonary embolism.

In brief: Unfortunately

Pulse oximetry is not a good predictor of pulmonary embolism.
Dr. Ronan Monsef
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