A simplified diagnostic algorithm for the management of suspected pulmonary embolism: the YEARS study
The significant clinical burden of venous thromboembolism (VTE) is expressed by its high rate of mortality and morbidity: sudden death is the clinical presentation in almost 25% of patients with pulmonary embolism (PE), and about 15% of patients with a PE dies within 3 months, about half of them because of the direct consequences of the PE. The estimated annual incidence rates of overall VTE range from 104 to 183 per 100,000 person-years in Europe, with the higher rate observed in older people . The clinical picture of PE is non-specific: consequently, when PE is suspected, a computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) is generally performed to confirm or exclude the diagnosis, owing to its high diagnostic accuracy. However, considering the risk of radiation exposure, of contrast-induced nephropathy and the elevated costs, the number of performed CTPA should be restricted. Therefore, diagnostic algorithms have been introduced and validated, with the aim of safely...
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