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The patient was a middle-aged Caucasian woman who had a respiratory infection approximately one month prior, during which time she developed left leg swelling.
The patient died suddenly after an unwitnessed cardiopulmonary arrest.
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1. What is the differential diagnosis for unilateral leg swelling? How would you distinguish one from another?
2. What is the differential diagnosis of bilateral leg swelling? How would you distinguish one from another?
3. Based on history, why do think the patient might have died?