Current Research in Medicine

State of the Art: Practical Approach for Diagosis of Pulmonary Embolism

Narat Srivali, Supawat Ratanapo, Promporn Suksaranjit, Wisit Cheungpasitporn and Daych Chongnarungsin

DOI : 10.3844/amjsp.2012.141.146

Current Research in Medicine

Volume 3, Issue 2

Pages 141-146

Abstract

Pulmonary embolism is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular related death beside myocardial infarction and stroke. Contrary to stroke and myocardial infarction, diagnosis of pulmonary embolism is considered to be much more difficult and complicated compare with the treatment once diagnosis is confirmed. Multiple diagnostic studies including clinical scoring, serum biomarker and diagnostic imaging were developed to help clinician rule in or rule out pulmonary embolism. In this article, we discussed the advantage and disadvantage of these tests and a practical way to choose the right test to diagnose pulmonary embolism.

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© 2012 Narat Srivali, Supawat Ratanapo, Promporn Suksaranjit, Wisit Cheungpasitporn and Daych Chongnarungsin. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.