Thromboembolic Disease

Kroenke, Kurt; Logio, Lia
August 2004
Annals of Internal Medicine;8/3/2004, Vol. 141 Issue 3, p213
Academic Journal
The article focuses on a study that was done to examine whether helical computed tomography (CT) of the pulmonary arteries is sufficiently accurate to be the primary diagnostic test for pulmonary embolism (PE). Computed tomography has several advantages over the current "gold standard" test-pulmonary arteriography-because it is noninvasive and can also detect alternative diagnoses. This study demonstrates a safe, reproducible way of quickly establishing therapeutic International Normalized ratios (INR) in relatively healthy outpatients with thrombo-embolic disease. The authors checked the INR on days 3 and 5 rather than daily.


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