Bennett E. Ojserkis, MD
To the Editors: As a pulmonologist in a community hospital, it was refreshing to see that the algorithm described by Kelley and associates (1) matched our method of evaluating patients with suspected thromboembolic disease. We are often frustrated because radiologists in our community are frequently more enamored than are we of the reliability of "low probability" lung scans. In our community hospitals, Doppler ultrasound of the veins of the lower extremities is more widely available than are plethysmographic studies.
I solicit the authors' opinion on several topics. First, does the current evidence support a role for Doppler ultrasound with compression
Ojserkis BE. Diagnosing Pulmonary Embolism. Ann Intern Med. ;115:833–834. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-10-833_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(10):833-834.
Emergency Medicine, Pulmonary Embolism, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Venous Thromboembolism.
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