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Length of hospital stay is shorter in South Asian patients with acute pulmonary embolism
  1. Stephanie F Smith1,
  2. Nicholas D Gollop2,
  3. Hardeep Uppal3,
  4. Suresh Chandran4,
  5. Rahul Potluri5
  1. 1School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2Department of Medicine, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, UK
  3. 3Department of Psychiatry of Learning Disability, Brooklands Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  4. 4Acute Medicine, North Western Deanery, Manchester, UK
  5. 5ACALM Study Unit in collaboration with School of Medical Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rahul Potluri, Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Cardiology, School of Medical Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK; rahulpotluri{at}


Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common diagnosis in UK hospitals and confers a significant hospital stay (LOS). There is very little evidence concerning ethnic variations on LOS in patients with PE. We sought to investigate ethnic variations in LOS in a large sample of 3440 patients with PE from 2000 to 2013 across seven hospitals in the north west of UK. We found that South Asian patients have significantly lower LOS compared with Caucasian patients. We discuss possible reasons for, and implications of, this finding.

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