Venous thromboembolism: diagnosis and management of pulmonary embolism

Paul M Bailey
Med J Aust 2005; 183 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2005.tb07009.x
Published online: 15 August 2005

To the Editor: I read with interest the article by Lee et al regarding the investigation and treatment of pulmonary embolism (PE).1 The investigation of patients presenting with PE as a diagnostic possibility is of great interest to emergency physicians, and such presentations are a daily occurrence in emergency departments around the country.

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  • 1. Lee C, Hankey G, Ho W, Eikelboom J. Venous thromboembolism: diagnosis and management of pulmonary embolism. Med J Aust 2005; 182: 569-574. <MJA full text>
  • 2. British Thoracic Society Standards of Care Committee Pulmonary Embolism Guideline Development Group. British Thoracic Society guidelines for the management of suspected acute pulmonary embolism. Thorax 2003; 58: 470-484.
  • 3. Perrier A, Roy PM, Sanchez O, et al. Multidetector-row computed tomography in suspected pulmonary embolism. N Engl J Med 2005; 352: 1760-1768.
  • 4. PIOPED Investigators. Value of the ventilation/perfusion scan in acute pulmonary embolism: results of the prospective investigation of pulmonary embolism diagnosis (PIOPED). JAMA 1990; 263: 2753-2759.
  • 5. Wells PS, Anderson DR, Rodger M, et al. Excluding pulmonary embolism at the bedside without diagnostic imaging: management of patients with suspected pulmonary embolism presenting to the emergency department by using a simple clinical model and D-dimer. Ann Intern Med 2001; 135: 98-107.


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