DENNIS BAUMAN, M.D.
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To the editor: In their recent paper "Diagnostic Sensitivity of Laboratory Findings in Acute Pulmonary Embolism" (Ann Intern Med 74:161-166, 1971) Szucs and associates state that:
We believe that the sensitivity of the lung scan and the arterial PO2 permits exclusion of the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism if either test is normal.
We recently cared for a patient with a well-documented acute pulmonary embolis and a normal arterial PO2.
Mr. M.S., a 40-year-old man, underwent medial menisectomy on 4 June 1971. His convalescence was uneventful until early on the morning of 19 June, when he noticed the sudden onset
BAUMAN D. Pulmonary Embolism and PO2. Ann Intern Med. 1971;75:806–807. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-75-5-806_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(5):806-807.
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