Volumetric capnography as a noninvasive diagnostic procedure in acute pulmonary thromboembolism* Capnografia volumétrica como auxílio diagnóstico não-invasivo no tromboembolismo pulmonar agudo

Abstract

Pulmonary thromboembolism is a common condition. Its diagnosis usually requires pulmonary scintigraphy, computed angiotomography, pulmonary arteriography and, in order to rule out other diagnoses, the measurement of D-dimer levels. Due to the fact that these diagnostic methods are not available in most Brazilian hospitals, the validation of other diagnostic techniques is of fundamental importance. We describe a case of a woman with chronic pulmonary hypertension who experienced a pulmonary thromboembolism event. Pulmonary scintigraphy, computed angiotomography and pulmonary arteriography were used in the diagnosis. The D-dimer test result was positive. Volumetric capnography was performed at admission and after treatment. The values obtained were compared with the imaging test results.

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@inproceedings{Moreira2008VolumetricCA, title={Volumetric capnography as a noninvasive diagnostic procedure in acute pulmonary thromboembolism* Capnografia volumétrica como auxílio diagnóstico não-invasivo no tromboembolismo pulmonar agudo}, author={Marcos Mello Moreira and Renato Giuseppe Giovanni Terzi and M{\^o}nica Corso Pereira and Tiago de Melo Araujo and Ilma Aparecida Paschoal}, year={2008} }