Pulmonary embolism in an adolescent soccer player: A case report

Kody Moffatt, Phillip J. Silberberg, David J. Gnarra

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Pulmonary emboli are potentially life threatening and are rare in the young, healthy, athletic population. We describe the presentation of pulmonary emboli in an otherwise healthy athlete; this has not been reported previously in the literature. A 16-yr-old male soccer player with no apparent risk factors presented in distress with bilateral pulmonary emboli. An extensive workup did not reveal a cause for this phenomenon. The patient was anticoagulated, and a Greenfield inferior vena cava filter was placed because of recurrent symptoms and poor compliance with anticoagulation. This case report illustrates the importance of considering pulmonary embolism as a diagnosis in athletes who present with sudden onset of dyspnea with no discernable cause. Greenfield filter placement in the management of these cases remains controversial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)899-902
Number of pages4
JournalMedicine and science in sports and exercise
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Athlete
  • Greenfield filter
  • Pulmonary emboli
  • Thrombophilia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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