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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Most patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) do well, and outpatient management is becoming more common. Predicting which patients will have complications would be valuable in order to triage patients for discharge or admission to a ward or intensive care unit…
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The new direct target-specific oral anticoagulants (TSOACs; dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban) have been compared with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs; warfarin and similar agents) for acute venous thromboembolism (VTE) in six recent phase III clinical trials encompassing more than 27,000…
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Frequently the combination of a serum D-dimer level and compression ultrasound testing can differentiate between a residual venous clot and an acute recurrent DVT.  However, sometimes the results are equivocal and in these situations an MRI direct thrombus imaging can…
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