Factors associated with correct antemortem diagnosis of major pulmonary embolism.

@article{Goldhaber1982FactorsAW,
  title={Factors associated with correct antemortem diagnosis of major pulmonary embolism.},
  author={Samuel Z. Goldhaber and Charles H Hennekens and DenisA. Evans and Eric C. Newton and John Godleski},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  year={1982},
  volume={73 6},
  pages={
          822-6
        }
}
Difficulties persist in the accurate clinical diagnosis of major pulmonary embolism despite the availability of lung scans and pulmonary angiography. To evaluate factors associated with the correct antemortem diagnosis of pulmonary embolism, we reviewed all 1,455 autopsy reports at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital from 1973 to 1977. Of 54 patients identified with anatomically major pulmonary embolism at autopsy, 16 (30 percent) had correct antemortem diagnosis. Accuracy was far greater in… CONTINUE READING
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