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Suspected Pulmonary Embolism - Initial Evaluation and Management

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  • Overview

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    Presentation of Pulmonary Embolism

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      History

      • Chief concern (CC)

      • History of present illness (HPI)

      • Medication history

      • Past medical history (PMH)

      • Family history (FH)

      • Social history (SH)

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      Physical

      • General physical

      • Skin

      • Chest

      • Lungs

      • Extremities

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    Initial Evaluation

    • Testing overview

    • Definition of pulmonary embolism

    • Clinical prediction rules

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      Testing based on clinical probability

      • Testing if low clinical probability

      • Testing if intermediate clinical probability

      • Testing if high clinical probability

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      Imaging studies

      • Computed tomography (CT) pulmonary angiography

      • Ventilation/Perfusion lung scan (V/Q scan)

      • CT pulmonary angiography vs. V/Q scan

    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

    • D-dimer testing

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    Initial Management

    • Treatment overview

    • Anticoagulant therapy

    • Thrombolytic therapy

    • Surgery and Procedures

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    Quality Improvement

    • Choosing Wisely

    • Choosing Wisely Canada

    • Choosing Wisely Australia

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    Guidelines and Resources

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      Guidelines

      • United States guidelines

      • United Kingdom guidelines

      • European guidelines

      • Asian guidelines

    • Review articles

    • MEDLINE search

  • Patient Information

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    ICD Codes

    • ICD-10 codes

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    References

    • General references used

    • Recommendation grading systems used

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    • Special acknowledgements

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Deputy Editor
Terence K. Trow MD, FACP, FCCP
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Affiliations

Deputy Editor of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine; Connecticut, United States; Ex-Director of the Yale Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine; Connecticut, United States

Conflicts of Interest

Dr. Trow declares no relevant financial conflicts of interest.

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