Unexpected Pulmonary Embolism Late After Recovery from Mild COVID-19?
KeywordsSARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, thrombosis, inflammation, pulmonary embolism, direct oral anticoagulants
SARS-CoV-2 infection is associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), which is common during active illness but unusual in milder cases and after healing. We describe a case of bilateral acute pulmonary embolism occurring 3 months after recovery from a paucisymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection. The only VTE risk factor demonstrable was a history of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection, with laboratory signs of residual low-grade inflammation. Clinicians should be aware of VTE as a potential cause of sudden dyspnoea after COVID-19 resolution, especially in the presence of persistent systemic inflammation.
Issue: 2021: Vol 8 No 12 (view)