It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Pulmonary Embolism, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Blood Poisoning (sepsis).
Sepsis occurs when an infection in the body reaches the blood stream. This results in organ disfunction and a severe drop in blood pressure that can lead to respiratory failure, heart failure, stroke and death. Symptoms include high fever, chills, intense body pain, rapid heart rate, fast breathing and rash, low amounts of urine, acute confusion, dizziness, severe breathing problems and bluish discolouration of fingers, toes and lips. Sepsis is caused by an underlying infection not being treated which could have happened due to misdiagnosis.