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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 20(2); 2009 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2009;20(2): 215-218.
A Case of Pulmonary Embolism Associated with Prolonged Seated Immobility during Computer Work
Young Min Kim, Kwang Je Baek, Kyeong Ryong Lee, Young Joo Lee, Dae Young Hong
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Konkuk College of Medicine, Konkuk University Hospital, Korea. 20070123@kuh.ac.kr
A 26-year-old man visited our emergency medical center with dyspnea, and he was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism. He did not have any specific risk factor. His job was a computer programming. Pulmonary embolism is rare at such young age. Predisposing risk factors in pulmonary embolism patients include a history of venous thromboembolism, history of malignancy, complicating infections, increasing age, thrombophilia, and obesity. Prolonged seated immobility at work is another risk factor for venous thromboembolism like economy class syndrome. We report a case of pulmonary embolism in a young patient who had no risk factor.
Key words: Pulmonary embolism, Immobilization, Computers
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