What patient factors are commonly used to determine if a venous thrombosis may lead to pulmonary embolism (PE)?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Daniel R Ouellette, MD, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Deciding how to treat a venous thrombosis that may lead to a PE is difficult. A survey of Canadian pediatric intensivists reported the following four patient factors commonly used to determine if a venous thrombosis is clinically important [26] :

  • Clinical suspicion of a PE

  • Symptoms

  • Detection of thrombosis on clinical examination

  • Presence of an acute or chronic cardiopulmonary comorbidity that affects the patient's ability to tolerate a PE


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