Pulmonary Embolism in Sickle Cell Disease: A Case-Control Study.

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Pulmonary Embolism in Sickle Cell Disease: A Case-Control Study.

J Thromb Haemost. 2012 Mar 15;

Authors: Novelli EM, Huynh C, Gladwin MT, Moore CG, Ragni MV

Introduction: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a leading cause of mortality in hospitalized patients, yet the prevalence of PE in sickle cell disease (SCD) and its relation to disease severity or intrinsic hypercoagulability are not established. Methods: We estimated inpatient PE incidence and prevalence among SCD and non-SCD populations in Pennsylvania, and compared severity of illness and mortality, using Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) discharge data, 2001-2006. Risk factors for PE were assessed in a case-control study of discharges from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Archival Records System (MARS). Results: The incidence of inpatient PE was higher in the SCD PA population than in the non-SCD Pennsylvania population, 2001-2006. The PE prevalence among SCD discharges <50 years of age, 0.57%, was similar to that in non-SCD Pennsylvania discharges, 0.60%, and unchanged after adjustment for race. Among SCD discharges, those developing PE were significantly older, with longer length of stay, greater severity of illness, and higher mortality, p<0.001, than SCD without PE. Among PE discharges, SCD had similar severity of illness, p=0.77, and mortality, p=0.39, but underwent fewer computerized tomographic scans, p=0.006, than non-SCD with PE. In the local case-control study, no clinical or laboratory feature was associated with PE. Conclusions: The incidence of PE is higher and chest CT utilization is lower in SCD than non-SCD inpatients, suggesting that PE may be under-diagnosed. © 2012 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

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