Diagnosis and Management of Pulmonary Embolism in the Hospitalized Patient

Nasim Wiegley, Susan Murin

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Abstract

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common condition in hospitalized patients and carries a significant risk of morbidity and mortality. Clinicians should have a high index of suspicion for PE and evaluate patients with suspected PE expeditiously and efficiently to establish a diagnosis and initiate therapy promptly. Use of clinical probability tools in conjunction with D-dimer testing can reduce unnecessary imaging among patients with suspected PE. Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of patients with PE have improved care and reduced the mortality risk ratio from PE. This article reviews the diagnosis and management of PE in hospitalized patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-531
Number of pages15
JournalHospital Medicine Clinics
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Anticoagulation
  • Pulmonary embolism (PE)
  • thrombolysis
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE)

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  • Medicine(all)

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Diagnosis and Management of Pulmonary Embolism in the Hospitalized Patient. / Wiegley, Nasim; Murin, Susan.

In: Hospital Medicine Clinics, Vol. 6, No. 4, 01.10.2017, p. 517-531.

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