DVT into PE
April 18, 2012 1:11 PM Subscribe
DVT developing into PE: % chance? What would happen?
posted by sparrows to health & fitness (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A "pretty extensive" DVT just below the knee;
two weeks post diagnosis;
treated at home since diagnosis, with coumadin (initially coumadin+lovenox);
patient's INR now in therapeutic range (between 2.0 and 3.0).
(Young, relatively healthy patient's first DVT -- still working to discover cause.)
What are its chances now of developing into a PE?
And what would happen if it did? Would the patient probably be incapacitated right away / unable to call 911?
If treated properly in a hospital, what would be the PE's likelihood of being fatal?
(We're trying to figure out how much of a risk it is for this person to be alone for extended periods and/or alone overnight while sleeping.)