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pulmonary embolism guidelines

Andrew Bromley, Anna Plitt
Venous thromboembolism (VTE), which includes both deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (PE), is a very common disorder with high risk for recurrence and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs), which include dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban, have been shown to be noninferior to conventional anticoagulant therapy for the prevention of recurrent VTE and are associated with more favorable bleeding risk. Evidence from the treatment of VTE with traditional therapy (low molecular weight heparin and vitamin K antagonists) implies that extended or indefinite treatment reduces risk of recurrence...
March 10, 2018: Cardiology and Therapy
Davide Imberti, Cecilia Becattini, Enrico Bernardi, Giuseppe Camporese, Claudio Cuccia, Francesco Dentali, Damiano Paretti
Despite the availability of updated guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE), the management of this disorder in clinical practice is often not standardized, given the different degree of compliance with official recommendations by the various involved specialists. The aim of this consensus paper, as a result of a board of experts in thromboembolism, is to define strategies to improve the quality of patients' care and the efficiency of healthcare resources utilization, by means of: (a) analysis of the guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of VTE; (b) analysis of diagnostic and therapeutic algorithms currently used in clinical practice by different specialists; (c) agreement on a common algorithm for diagnosis and treatment of VTE in different clinical settings; (d) definition of the possible role of the new oral anticoagulant agents (NOAC), such as rivaroxaban, based on their potential benefits for both acute and chronic therapy...
March 8, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Hiraku Funakoshi, Hiroki Matsui, Kiyohide Fushimi, Hideo Yasunaga
High-risk pulmonary embolism (PE) with hypotension, circulatory failure, or cardiac arrest is a rare, but life-threating condition. Many guidelines recommend that thrombolytic therapy is the first-line therapy for this condition and surgical embolectomy is an alternative treatment. However, nationwide data have been lacking on patient characteristics and practice patterns for high-risk PE in a real-world clinical setting.We defined high-risk PE patients as those who received noradrenaline and underwent surgical embolectomy or thrombolysis within one day after admission...
March 5, 2018: International Heart Journal
Michael Jolly, John Phillips
Pulmonary embolism remains a leading cause of death in the United States, with an estimated 180,000 deaths per year. Guideline-based treatment in most cases recommends oral anticoagulation for 3 months. However, in a small subset of patients, the "submassive, high-risk" by current nomenclature, with hemodynamic instability, more advanced therapeutic options are available. Treatment modalities to extract the thromboembolism and reduce pressure overload in the cardiopulmonary system include use of intravenous or catheter-directed thrombolytic agents, catheter-directed mechanical thrombectomy, and surgical embolectomy...
April 2018: Surgical Clinics of North America
Luca Depietri, Marco Marietta, Stefania Scarlini, Matteo Marcacci, Elena Corradini, Antonello Pietrangelo, Paolo Ventura
International guidelines recommend the use of pharmacological prophylaxis in hospitalized medical patients at high risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). The same international guidelines suggest the employment of standardized risk assessment models (RAMs) when evaluating the administration of pharmacological prophylaxis in acutely ill medical patients. The Padua Prediction Score and the Improve Bleeding Score have been indicated as the best available RAMs to predict thrombotic and haemorrhagic risk in hospitalized medical patients, but it is still unknown whether their combined use may lead to a significant reduction in thrombotic and haemorrhagic events...
March 3, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Sarah M Anderson, Bradley Beck, Susan Sterud, Robin Lockhorst, Surachat Ngorsuraches
Background Lenalidomide and pomalidomide are two immunomodulatory medications with the potential to improve outcomes for patients with multiple myeloma; however, a black box warning for venous thromboembolism exists. Purpose The purpose of this study was to assess overall adherence to guideline recommendations for anticoagulation therapy with lenalidomide and pomalidomide in multiple myeloma patients. Methods This retrospective study at an ambulatory oncology clinic utilized chart reviews from the calendar years 2013-2016...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
John D Cramer, Andrew G Shuman, Michael J Brenner
Objective The aim of this report is to present a cohesive evidence-based approach to reducing venous thromboembolism (VTE) in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. VTE prevention includes deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Despite national efforts in VTE prevention, guidelines do not exist for otolaryngology-head and neck surgery in the United States. Data Sources PubMed/MEDLINE. Review Methods A comprehensive review of literature pertaining to VTE in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery was performed, identifying data on incidence of thrombotic complications and the outcomes of regimens for thromboprophylaxis...
February 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Abdulrahman M Nasiri, Nora Rayes, Khaled A Bakarman
INTRODUCTION: Aneurysm is a localized dilatation of an artery of at least 1.5 times the normal diameter that occurs when part of an artery wall weakens or is injured, allowing it to widen abnormally. In practice, an arterial aneurysm is more common in comparison to a venous aneurysm. Because of the rare incidence of venous aneurysms, treatment guidelines are not clearly established and thus treatment strategies vary. This is a case of a 57-year-old Saudi woman, with no significant medical history, who presented to Prince Sultan Military Hospital complaining of swelling in the right side of the neck that started 3 years ago...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Kelley C McLean, Andra H James
Venous thromboembolism is a leading cause of maternal death. Because of the low absolute frequency of events, however, outcome-based clinical data are limited. Consequently, clinicians must additionally rely both on published guidelines and on extrapolation of data from studies focused on nonpregnant individuals. The diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and cerebral vein and dural sinus thrombosis are complicated by pregnancy, and often require modifications to standard diagnostic and treatment algorithms outside of pregnancy...
February 21, 2018: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Min Y Park, John P Fletcher, Carmen Hoffmann, Alice Lance, Fiona Gavegan, Kerry Hitos
BACKGROUND: Hospitalised patients are at high risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Underutilisation of thromboprophylaxis remains common despite existing clinical guidelines. The aim is to evaluate the implementation of a state wide standardised adult VTE risk assessment tool (RAT) to assist in the screening of inpatients and prescribing of appropriate thromboprophylaxis. METHODS: In total, 234 patients were audited using clinical notes and spot assessments for VTE risk at Western Sydney Local Health District over a two year period...
February 19, 2018: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
Divyanshu Mohananey, Ashley Mohadjer, Gosta Pettersson, Jose Navia, Steven Gordon, Nabin Shrestha, Richard A Grimm, L Leonardo Rodriguez, Brian P Griffin, Milind Y Desai
Importance: Infective endocarditis is a life-threating condition with annual mortality of as much as 40% and is associated with embolic events in as many as 80% of cases. These embolic events have notable prognostic implications and have been linked to increased length of stay in intensive care units and mortality. A vegetation size greater than 10 mm has often been suggested as an optimal cutoff to estimate the risk of embolism, but the evidence is based largely on small observational studies...
February 19, 2018: JAMA Internal Medicine
Cynthia Wong
A 47-year-old woman presented to her GP (general practitioner) surgery with a left leg pain of 4 days duration after a recent 4-hour flight. She was taking the oral combined contraceptive pill and had no past medical history. She had a low predictive Wells score for deep vein thrombosis, but her D-dimer was positive, so she had a proximal lower limb vein ultrasound scan as per the National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines, which was negative. Two days later, she presented to the emergency department with a collapse and dyspnea...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
L De Massari, Y Jamilloux, J-C Lega, A Sigal, X Jacob, K Tazarourte, K Mensah, P Sève
INTRODUCTION: The French Agency for Health Safety of Products published recommendations of good practices (RGP) for the treatment of venous thromboembolic disease in 2009. Four of these recommendations apply to the initial management of the disease, with the objective of this study is to determine whether the development and diffusion of the four RGP has had an impact on the practice. METHODS: A retrospective before/after study comparing 132 patients treated in emergency department of the Civil Hospices of Lyon for pulmonary embolism (PE) and/or deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in 2008-2009 ("before") and 153 patients in 2010-2011 ("after")...
February 4, 2018: La Revue de Médecine Interne
Sailen G Naidu, Martha-Gracia Knuttinen, J Scott Kriegshauser, William G Eversman, Rahmi Oklu
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a widespread health concern associated with major morbidity and mortality. Catheter directed therapy (CDT) has emerged as a treatment option for acute PE adding to the current potential options of systemic thrombolysis or anticoagulation. The purpose of this review is to understand the rationale and indications for CDT in patients with PE. While numerous studies have shown the benefits of systemic thrombolysis compared to standard anticoagulation, these are balanced by the increased risk of major bleeding...
December 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Drew Fleck, Hassan Albadawi, Alex Wallace, Grace Knuttinen, Sailendra Naidu, Rahmi Oklu
Background: Guidelines are lacking for isolated below-knee deep vein thrombosis (BKDVT). The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) suggests anticoagulation only if symptoms are severe, otherwise surveillance with follow-up ultrasound in 2 weeks is recommended. Yet clinical practice remains highly variable. Little is known about the natural history of BKDVT and how to best manage these patients. Methods: A retrospective analysis was conducted of medical records from 2014-2016...
December 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Wenqing Ye, Maurice D Voss, Sriharsha Athreya
PURPOSE: Symptomatically enlarged kidneys observed in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) patients can lead to compression symptoms and contraindications to renal transplantation. Surgical nephrectomy can be utilized to increase space in the abdomen prior to renal transplantation; however, not all individuals are appropriate candidates for this procedure. Transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) of the renal arteries can provide a noninvasive way to reduce renal volume in ADPKD...
January 31, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Michael W Manning, Eric W Bean, Andrew C Miller, Suzanne J Templer, Richard S Mackenzie, David M Richardson, Kristin A Bresnan, Marna R Greenberg
Introduction: The Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) initiative for Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency includes as an element of Entrustable Professional Activity 13 to "identify system failures and contribute to a culture of safety and improvement." We set out to determine the feasibility of using medical students' action learning projects (ALPs) to expedite implementation of evidence-based pathways for three common patient diagnoses in the emergency department (ED) setting (Atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, and pulmonary embolism)...
January 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Minna Voigtlaender, Florian Langer
In patients with solid tumours or haematological malignancies, venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a leading cause of death and significantly contributes to morbidity and healthcare resource utilization. Current practice guidelines recommend long-term anticoagulation with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) as the treatment of choice for cancer-associated VTE, based on clinical trial data showing an overall improved safety and efficacy profile of LMWH compared to vitamin K antagonists. However, several open questions remain, e...
January 12, 2018: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
Cristina Ferrari, Alessandra Cimino, Giacomo Bianco, Francesca Iuele, Alessandra Di Palo, Margherita Fanelli, Artor Niccoli-Asabella, Giuseppe Rubini
OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is an emergency condition that requires immediate treatment. As the symptoms and the risk factors are nonspecific, PE differential diagnosis is often required. Even if angio-CT is considered the gold standard for PE diagnosis, the frequent allergic condition and/or chronic renal failure of patients make, in most cases, not possible the use of contrast enhancement in emergency with even more increasing use of Lung Perfusion Scintigraphy (LPS), as a simple and fast examination with no preparation/contraindication...
September 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Meghan Bishop, Matthew Astolfi, Eric Padegimas, Peter DeLuca, Sommer Hammoud
Background: Numerous reports have described players in professional American sports leagues who have been sidelined with a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or a pulmonary embolism (PE), but little is known about the clinical implications of these events in professional athletes. Purpose: To conduct a retrospective review of injury reports from the National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Football League (NFL) to take a closer look at the incidence of DVT/PE, current treatment approaches, and estimated time to return to play in professional athletes...
December 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
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