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Question Post-op atelectasis vs Pulmonary embolism

How can we clinically differentiate between these?

I think PE presents with sudden chest pain and shortness of breath, while atelectasis is more subacute.

What do you think?
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Yes. PE usually present with features - suggestive of PE.

On the other hand, atelectasis is silent, usually diagnosed in CXR.

That's my understanding.

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