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Archivos de Prevención de Riesgos Laborales

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REINOSO-BARBERO, Luis et al. Pulmonary thromboembolism in occupational medicine. Arch Prev Riesgos Labor [online]. 2015, vol.18, n.3, pp.143-145. ISSN 1578-2549.

Occupational physicians should be familiar with the risk factors and clinical presentation of pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE). PTE belongs to the group ofis a cardiovascular diseases, which are the main cause (40%) of death in Spanish workplaces; at present, they may be considered a work-related injury because of the doctrinal evolution in the legal interpretation of the presumption of iuris tantum. We present the case of a hypertensive and obese adult male who suffered a PTE at his workplace. The availability of a portable pulse oximeter (room air SpO2, 92%) was critical in guiding the decision to refer him urgently to the hospital, where the diagnosis was confirmed. We can conclude that, independently of whether this event is later deemed to be work-related (in this case it was not), occupational physicians must know how to correctly manage and refer affected workers.

Palabras clave : Pulmonary thromboembolism; occupational medicine.

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