According to a report, there were patients who were confined in a hospital due to autoimmune disorders like Crohn’s and rheumatoid arthritis are suffering from a great danger for a serious pulmonary embolism, this might be because of the cloth at the lung’s main artery and this is according to a new study.  This report was taken online by the Lancet and the researchers give warning to the patients about the steps that must be taken into considerations when preventing this health condition from happening to patients who were confined in the hospital due to autoimmune ailments.

The risk of pulmonary embolism

When making the study, the researchers have analyzed the data in around 500,000 people who were admitted in the hospital in Sweden for 1 out of the thirty three autoimmune ailments that may also be because of Grave’s disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis & chronic rheumatoid heart ailment. There was a team handled by Dr. Zoller of a University in Sweden, has just found out that the risk of having pulmonary embolism within 1 year after a confinement is just 6x higher for those who had suffered autoimmune ailments than those who were not confined and those who do not have this kind of disorder.


There were notes about the thirty three autoimmune disorders indicted in the study and they were linked with higher risk of pulmonary embolism, even if the notable rise were linked with immune thrombocytopenic purpura, which is a blood clotting disorder that carried out an eleven fold risk of having polyarteritis nodosa, which is a form of vasculitis with 13x the risk, polymyositis at 16x the risk and this are about severe muscle inflammation. Its risk lessened through time, on the other hand, just in between 1 and 5 years after being hospitalized, the overall risk of a person lessened by around 50%, especially for those with autoimmune disorders according to the researchers.

How the risk went down

The risk has just went down by around 15% from 5 to 10 years just after being hospitalized and it fell gradually to 4% after ten years or even more. The researchers also pointed out the dangers were the same kind for men and women and they didn’t vary according to age groups. Dr. Zoller and his colleagues has just said in a PR that the  necessary preventive measures to fight pulmonary embolism may be warranted in people who were hospitalized due to autoimmune disorders are those disorders with the risk of having pulmonary embolism got high.


Moreover, the studies are very much needed to assess the possible usefulness of such type of treatment.  According to a journal commentary, the clear link has just showed that thrombosis and inflammation drugs may prevent blood clots and they must be considered for the proper treatment of the inflammation linked with autoimmune disorders, especially for those who were hospitalized. There must be more research conducted to investigate on the link between the inflammation and pulmonary embolism.