Potential of an age adjusted D-dimer cut-off value to improve the exclusion of pulmonary embolism in older patients: a retrospective analysis of three large cohorts

@inproceedings{Douma2010PotentialOA,
  title={Potential of an age adjusted D-dimer cut-off value to improve the exclusion of pulmonary embolism in older patients: a retrospective analysis of three large cohorts},
  author={R. Douma and Gregoire Le Gal and Maaike S{\"o}hne and M. Righini and Pieter Willem Kamphuisen and A Perrier and Marieke J. H. A. Kruip and Henri Bounameaux and Harry Roger B{\"u}ller and P M Roy},
  booktitle={BMJ},
  year={2010}
}
OBJECTIVES In older patients, the the D-dimer test for pulmonary embolism has reduced specificity and is therefore less useful. In this study a new, age dependent cut-off value for the test was devised and its usefulness with older patients assessed. DESIGN Retrospective multicentre cohort study. SETTING General and teaching hospitals in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Patients 5132 consecutive patients with clinically suspected pulmonary embolism. INTERVENTION… CONTINUE READING
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