Pulmonary embolism diagnosis: clinical assessment at the front door

John Cafferkey, Philippa Serebriakoff, Kerstin de Wit, Daniel E Horner, Matthew James Reed

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Abstract

This first of two practice reviews addresses pulmonary embolism (PE) diagnosis considering important aspects of PE clinical presentation and comparing evidence-based PE testing strategies. A companion paper addresses the management of PE. Symptoms and signs of PE are varied, and emergency physicians frequently use testing to 'rule out' the diagnosis in people with respiratory or cardiovascular symptoms. The emergency clinician must balance the benefit of reassuring negative PE testing with the risks of iatrogenic harms from over investigation and overdiagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberemermed-2021-212000
JournalEmergency Medicine Journal
Early online date22 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • diagnosis
  • emergency care systems
  • pulmonary embolism
  • thrombo-embolic disease

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