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Autoimmune disorders increase the risk of developing pulmonary embolism
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  1. Helen Umpleby
  1. Correspondence to Dr Helen Umpleby, ST3 at East Surrey Hospital, Canada Avenue, Redhill RH1 5RH, UK; hkumpleby{at}googlemail.com

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This large retrospective study analysed the effect of 33 autoimmune disorders on the risk of developing pulmonary emboli (PE). Five hundred and fifteen thousand one hundred and thirty-seven patients in Sweden with an autoimmune disorder initially diagnosed on hospital admission were identified and retrospectively analysed for PE, between 1964 and 2008.

Risk of PE increased across …

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