Pulmonary embolism in children, a real challenge for the pediatrician: a case report and review of the literature

Pulmonary embolism in children, a real challenge for the pediatrician: a case report and review of the literature


  • Alessandra Maggio
  • Lilia Altieri
  • Dario Pantaleo
  • Michela Grignani
  • Lidia Decembrino


adolescent, pulmonary embolism, thrombophilic genetic disorder, venous thromboembolism


Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a coagulopathic disease that may appear with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), or both and is responsible for increased mortality and morbidity in children. We report a case of PE in a male teenager obese boy in the setting of a thrombophilic genetic disorder, infective condition, and immobility. Our experience underlines as PE in childhood is a multifactorial disease in which clinical risk factors and inherited thrombophilia contribute to the development. It is crucial to identify one or more risk factors leading to the most appropriate diagnostic workup.


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Maggio A, Altieri L, Pantaleo D, Grignani M, Decembrino L. Pulmonary embolism in children, a real challenge for the pediatrician: a case report and review of the literature. Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2022 Jun. 6 [cited 2024 Jul. 22];93(S3):e2022055. Available from: https://mattioli1885journals.com/index.php/actabiomedica/article/view/13070