Pulmonary vascular disease

December 2003
Thorax;Dec2003 Supplement 3, Vol. 58, piii81
Academic Journal
The management of pulmonary thromboembolism depends on the assessment of the severity of disease. The article hypotheszed that an Electrocardiographic scoring system recently derived, would indicate those patients likely to have the greatest percentage of perfusion defects on lung scintigraphy. Management of pulmonary embolism (PE) remains difficult due to problems in establishing the diagnosis. All patients suspected of PE are therefore admitted for investigations however, less than a third of patients suspected of PE have the condition. Using Well's criteria for outpatient treatment we elected to investigate patients suspected of PE without admitting them.


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