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Diagnosis of pulmonary embolism with magnetic resonance angiography. [Medline]. N Engl J Med. [Medline]. Ann Intern Med. Medscape Medical News. [Medline]. 2012 May 24. 2010 Sep 1. The superficial femoral vein (lateral vein) has the appearance of 2 parallel veins, when in fact, it is 1 lumen containing a chronic linear thrombus. Pleuritic chest pain without other symptoms or risk factors may be a presentation of pulmonary embolism. [Medline]. Computed tomography angiography in a young man who experienced acute chest pain and shortness of breath after a transcontinental flight. Signs of other organ involvement in patients with sickle cell disease would be elicited, such as sequestration crisis, priapism, anemia, and stroke. Kaplan–Meier curves for 1-year survival in patients with and without PE. [Medline]. https://profreg.medscape.com/px/getpracticeprofile.do?method=getProfessionalProfile&urlCache=aHR0cHM6Ly9lbWVkaWNpbmUubWVkc2NhcGUuY29tL2FydGljbGUvMzAwOTAxLWNsaW5pY2Fs. 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