In this prevalence study of patients with acute chest syndrome, 17% of those that underwent CT chest scanning had evidence of a (macro vascular) PE. It is not clear what to make of these CT findings, and if patients with CT findings of PE during acute chest would benefit from anticoagulation. But it is interesting to know the prevalence is quite high (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.