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Light abdominal pain, difficulty in breathing. Suspect Meningitis. Can PE cause purplish rash on the chest or neck ?

Can a PE cause a purplish rash on the chest and/or neck? My sister-in-law- passed away suddenly from what the attending physician says was Meningitis . Light abdominal pain started late Friday night, difficulty in breathing at 5:00 am Saturday morning, arrived at the hospital 7:00 am, and passed away by 11:00 am Saturday morning. I know that meningitis happens fast but this sounds more like a PE to me. Any correlation between rash and PE?
Asked On : Tue, 28 Aug 2012
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Dear friend, thank you for choosing HCM.
really saddened to read this news ! condolences !!

meningitis is unusual to cause death so fast.
PE (pulmonary embolism) does not produce any discoloration on the chest / neck nor pain in the abdomen.
unlikely PE.
what was her age?
any other symptoms?
was an ultrasound abdomen done? can you describe the rash in details?
can you post all the tsets results done by uploading on this site (uploader available)

I hope to have answered your query satisfactorily.
Take care and please keep me informed of your progress.
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