Pulmonary embolism (PE) is one of the most difficult to diagnose and potentially fatal disorders in medicine.  Because of this, CT pulmonary angiograms (CTPA) are over utilized so as to not miss this potentially fatal problem.  There are three ways…
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Although pulmonary embolism (PE) occasionally presents with syncope, patients with syncope are infrequently assessed for PE. This prospective study from Italy studied 560 elderly adults (mean age, 76) who were hospitalized for syncope. Those excluded from the study included patients…
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Although pulmonary embolism (PE) occasionally presents with syncope, patients with syncope are infrequently assessed for PE. In this prospective study from Italy, researchers determined the prevalence of PE in 560 elderly adults (mean age, 76) who were hospitalized for their…
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The ACP CPG on the evaluation of patients with a suspected acute PE has the following primary recommendations: Use a validated clinical prediction rule to estimate pretest probability in patients with a possible acute PE (options include the Wells criteria…
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