Pulmonary Embolic Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment
One of the most difficult diagnoses to make in medicine today is that of pulmonary embolic disease. In a study done in the early 1970s (1), evidenee of pulmonary embolism at autopsy correlated poorly with an antemortem diagnosis of pulmonary embolie disease; in only one-third of the cases were emboli correctly identified. A batting average of .333 may be terrific for a professional baseball player, but for a physician attempting to make a diagnosis of a potential lethal disease, such a statistic is unsatisfactory (2).
KeywordsPulmonary Embolism Thrombolytic Agent Acute Pulmonary Embolism Suspected Pulmonary Embolism Pulmonary Angiogram
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