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Pulmonary embolism diagnosis

Deng-Wei Chou, Shu-Ling Wu, Kuo-Mou Chung, Shu-Chen Han, Bruno Man-Hon Cheung
OBJECTIVES: Septic pulmonary embolism is an uncommon but life-threatening disorder. However, data on patients with septic pulmonary embolism who require critical care have not been well reported. This study elucidated the clinicoradiological spectrum, causative pathogens and outcomes of septic pulmonary embolism in patients requiring critical care. METHODS: The electronic medical records of 20 patients with septic pulmonary embolism who required intensive care unit admission between January 2005 and December 2013 were reviewed...
October 1, 2016: Clinics
Shoaib Faruqi, Nalla Kishore, Richard Bodington, Salim Meghjee, Muthu Thirumaran
AIMS: In this retrospective study we assess the diagnostic yield of computed tomography pulmonary angiogram (CTPA) and the incidence of alterative and incidental diagnoses. METHODS: The results of all CTPA scans performed in our trust over a period of 18 months were reviewed and all diagnoses noted. Data collected was descriptively analysed. RESULTS: A total of 1138 scans were performed (56.5% men, mean age 59 years). A diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) was made in 20...
2016: Acute Medicine
Masateru Nagae, Yasuo Mikami, Kentaro Mizuno, Tomohisa Harada, Takumi Ikeda, Hitoshi Tonomura, Ryota Takatori, Hiroyoshi Fujiwara, Toshikazu Kubo
INTRODUCTION: Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) cement is useful for spinal reconstruction, but can cause complications including new vertebral fractures, neurological disorders and pulmonary embolism. We report a case in PMMA cement used for spinal reconstruction after tumor curettage dislodged and penetrated the gastrointestinal tract. DIAGNOSES: The patient was diagnosed with a retroperitoneal extragonadal germ cell tumor at age 27 years. After chemotherapy and tumor resection, the tumor remained...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Adam J Singer, Henry C Thode, W Frank Peacock
OBJECTIVE: Introduction of target specific anticoagulants and recent guidelines encourage outpatient management of low risk patients with venous thromboembolism. We describe hospital admission rates over time for patients presenting to US emergency departments (EDs) with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) and estimate the proportion of low-risk PE patients who could potentially be managed as outpatients. METHODS: We performed a structured analysis of the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (a nationally representative weighted sampling of US ED visits) database for the years 2006-2010 including all adult patients with a primary diagnosis of DVT or PE...
September 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Daniel Corrigan, Christiana Prucnal, Christopher Kabrhel
The diagnosis or exclusion of pulmonary embolism (PE) remains challenging for emergency physicians. Symptoms can be vague or non-existent, and the clinical presentation shares features with many other common diagnoses. Diagnostic testing is complicated, as biomarkers, like the D-dimer, are frequently false positive, and imaging, like computed tomography pulmonary angiography, carries risks of radiation and contrast dye exposure. It is therefore incumbent on emergency physicians to be both vigilant and thoughtful about this diagnosis...
September 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Jay M Margolis, Steven Deitelzweig, Jeffrey Kline, Oth Tran, David M Smith, Concetta Crivera, Brahim Bookhart, Jeff Schein
PURPOSE: Using real-world data, this study compares inpatient length of stay (LOS) and costs for patients with a primary diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) initiating treatment with oral anticoagulation with rivaroxaban versus warfarin. METHODS: Hospitalizations from MarketScan's Hospital Drug Database were selected from November 1, 2012, through December 31, 2013, for adults with a primary diagnosis of PE initiating treatment with rivaroxaban or warfarin. Warfarin patients were matched 1:1 to rivaroxaban patients using exact and propensity score matching...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
Debabrata Bandyopadhyay, Tanmay S Panchabhai, Navkaranbir S Bajaj, Pradnya D Patil, Matthew C Bunte
BACKGROUND: Primary pulmonary artery sarcoma (PPAS) is a rare tumor that mimics pulmonary thromboembolism (PE). Similarities to PE can delay the diagnosis and misguide the treatment of PPAS. This study aimed to evaluate tumor characteristics and outcome predictors among those diagnosed with PPAS and misdiagnosed as PE. METHODS: From 1991-2010, 10 PPAS cases were available from the Cleveland Clinic (CC) institutional database and another 381 cases were reported in the literature...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Deisy Barrios, Vladimir Rosa-Salazar, Raquel Morillo, Rosa Nieto, Sara Fernández, José Luis Zamorano, Manuel Monreal, Adam Torbicki, Roger D Yusen, David Jiménez
BACKGROUND: For patients diagnosed with acute pulmonary embolism (PE), the prognostic significance of concomitant right heart thrombi (RHT) lacks clarity. METHODS: We performed a meta-analysis of studies that enrolled patients with acute PE to assess the prognostic value of echocardiography-detectable RHT for the primary outcome of short-term all-cause mortality, and the secondary outcome of short-term PE-related mortality. We conducted unrestricted searches of Pubmed and Embase from 1980 through January 31, 2016 and used the terms "right heart thrombi", "pulmonary embolism", and "prognos*"...
October 13, 2016: Chest
Ivan Co, Wesley Eilbert, Terry Chiganos
BACKGROUND: The electronic medical record is a relatively new technology that allows quick review of patients' previous medical records, including previous electrocardiograms (ECGs). Previous studies have evaluated ECG patterns predictive of pulmonary embolism (PE) at the time of PE diagnosis, though none have examined ECG changes in these patients when compared with their previous ECGs. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to identify the most common ECG changes in patients with known PE when their ECGs were compared with their previous ECGs...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Andrés M Bur, Jason A Brant, Carolyn L Mulvey, Elizabeth A Nicolli, Robert M Brody, John P Fischer, Steven B Cannady, Jason G Newman
Importance: Unplanned hospital readmission is costly and in recent years has become a focus of health care legislation intended to reduce health care expenditures. Greater understanding of which perioperative complications are associated with hospital readmission after surgery for head and neck cancer is needed to reduce unplanned readmissions. Objective: To determine which clinical risk factors and complications are associated with 30-day unplanned readmission after surgery for malignant neoplasms of the head and neck...
October 13, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Eric S Daniel, Anastasia E Dean, Mingjoe Lim, Mobin Master, Peter Gibbs, Ian Faragher
BACKGROUND: Studies have suggested a benefit from extended venous thromboprophylaxis post-operatively in colorectal cancer with an assumed base rate of zero venous thromboembolic events prior to treatment. We aim to establish the incidence of pulmonary embolism in patients with newly diagnosed stage III or IV colorectal cancer prior to any treatment. METHOD: Consecutive patients presenting to a single health service with a new diagnosis of stage III or IV colorectal cancer were identified from a prospective database, for the period between January 2011 and September 2014...
October 9, 2016: ANZ Journal of Surgery
Jessyca Couto Otoni, Julia Noschang, Thábata Yaedu Okamoto, Diego Rosseman Vieira, Michel Souto Mayor Petry, Lucas de Araujo Ramos, Paula Nicole Vieira Pinto Barbosa, Almir Galvão Vieira Bitencourt, Rubens Chojniak
To evaluate the imaging methods used at the emergency department (ED) of a cancer center, with emphasis on computed tomography (CT). A descriptive, retrospective, single-center study was conducted by reviewing imaging exams and medical records, after approval of the institution's Ethics Review Board. The demographic data, cancer history, and imaging exam requested were evaluated for all patients and the indications and results of head, chest, and abdominopelvic CT scans were also evaluated. During the study period, there were 8710 visits to the ED, and 5999 imaging studies were requested in 3788 patients (43...
October 8, 2016: Emergency Radiology
Hyoung Soo Choi, Chang Won Choi, Heon Min Kim, Hye Won Park
BACKGROUND: While venous thromboembolism (VTE) is uncommon, its incidence is increasing in children. We aimed to evaluate the incidence, risk factors, treatment, and outcome of pediatric VTE cases at a single tertiary hospital in Korea. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the records of consecutive pediatric VTE patients admitted to the Seoul National University Bundang Hospital between April 2003 and March 2016. RESULTS: Among 70,462 hospitalizations, 25 pediatric VTE cases were identified (3...
September 2016: Blood Research
Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism (PE) affects >600,000 patients per year in the United States. Evaluation includes clinical decision rules, laboratory tests, and several imaging modalities. The diagnosis of PE has risen in recent years, particularly subsegmental PE (SSPE). Controversy exists concerning the diagnosis and treatment of these lesions. OBJECTIVE: We sought to provide emergency physicians with a review of the controversies surrounding PE testing and the diagnosis and treatment of SSPE...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
L M Van der Pol, A T A Mairuhu, C Tromeur, F Couturaud, M V Huisman, F A Klok
Because pregnant women have an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and at the same time normal pregnancy is associated with symptoms, mimicking those present in the setting of acute pulmonary embolism (PE), the latter diagnosis is frequently suspected in this patient category. Since imaging tests expose both mother and foetus to ionizing radiation, the ability to rule out PE based on non-radiological diagnostic tests is of paramount importance. However, clinical decision rules have only been scarcely evaluated in the pregnant population with suspected PE, while D-dimer levels lose diagnostic accuracy due to a physiological increase during normal pregnancy...
September 29, 2016: Blood Reviews
Michael T Booker, John O Johnson
PURPOSE: Optimizing the utilization of CT pulmonary angiogram (CTPA) for the diagnosis and workup of acute chest pain can provide an opportunity to reduce unnecessary radiation and health care system expense. METHODS: An attempt to improve CTPA utilization began by measuring overall department and clinician-specific utilization. This was bolstered by retrospectively evaluating patient charts for pulmonary embolism scoring criteria and D-dimer utilization so as to better understand gaps in diagnostic workup...
October 4, 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
Yunkyoung Lee, Hyun Jung Kim, Heeyoung Yoon, Chang Min Choi, Yeon Mok Oh, Sang Do Lee, Chae Man Lim, Woo Sung Kim, Younsuck Koh, Jae Seung Lee
Pulmonary artery sarcomas (PAS) are rare malignant neoplasms. Right heart failure due to tumour location is the main cause of death in PAS patients. The hemodynamic influence of PAS may effect prognosis, but this has not been proven. We aimed to identify the clinical characteristics and prognostic factors of PAS in Korea, their association with pulmonary hypertension (PH). PAS patients treated at the Asan Medical Center between 2000 and 2014 were reviewed. We examined demographic characteristics, diagnostic and treatment modalities...
November 2016: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Alexander T Cohen, Anja Katholing, Stephan Rietbrock, Luke Bamber, Carlos Martinez
Population studies on the incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with active cancer are limited. An observational cohort study was undertaken to estimate the incidence of first and recurrent VTE. The source population consisted of all patients in the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink, with additional information on hospitalisation and cause of death, between 2001 and 2011. A cancer-related clinical diagnosis or therapy within the 90 days before or after a VTE constituted an active-cancer-associated VTE...
October 6, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Akhilesh K Sista, Larry E Miller, Susan R Kahn, Jeffrey A Kline
Long-term right ventricular (RV) function, functional capacity, exercise capacity, and quality of life following pulmonary embolism (PE), and the impact of thrombolysis, are unclear. A systematic review of studies that evaluated these outcomes with ⩾ 3-month mean follow-up after PE diagnosis was performed. For each outcome, random effects meta-analyses were performed. Twenty-six studies (3671 patients) with 18-month median follow-up were included. The pooled prevalence of RV dysfunction was 18.1%. Patients treated with thrombolysis had a lower, but not statistically significant, risk of RV dysfunction versus those treated with anticoagulation (odds ratio: 0...
October 5, 2016: Vascular Medicine
Xijin Mao, Shanshan Wang, Xingyue Jiang, Lin Zhang, Wenjian Xu
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism has become the third most common cardiovascular disease, which can seriously harm human health. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the diagnostic value of dual-source computerized tomography (CT) and perfusion imaging for peripheral pulmonary embolism. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-two patients with suspected pulmonary embolism underwent dual-source CT exams. To compare the ability of pulmonary embolism detection software (PED) with CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in determining the presence, numbers, and locations of pulmonary emboli, the subsequent images were reviewed by two radiologists using both imaging modalities...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
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