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Whether syncope as a presenting symptom independently classifies acute pulmonary embolism (APE) into a high mortality risk group remains a matter of controversy. We retrospectively included all consecutive patients admitted to our clinic with APE from January 2014 to December 2016. Our sample consisted of 76 patients with a mean age of 69 ±13.6 years, 64.5% female. 14.3% presented with syncope at admission. In-hospital mortality was 20.8%. Patients with syncope were more likely to requiredoi:10.25122/jml-2018-0063 fatcat:dfof2x47uvbk5gh5djw2a2dm4m