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An asymptomatic 81-year-old woman was referred by her general practitioner regarding a pulse-oximetry oxygen saturation (SpO2) of 74%. An arterial blood gas analysis (ABG) on air showed PaO2 12.9 kPa, oxygen saturation 80%, with normal pH, PaCO2, methaemoglobin and carboxyhaemoglobin levels. After a normal chest x-ray, tinzaparin was administered empirically for possible occult pulmonary embolus. This diagnosis was subsequently excluded with an unremarkable computed tomography pulmonarydoi:10.52964/amja.0431 fatcat:c4wr32z3zvcspgoc4xt5bo4yle