Jerry V. Glowniak, MD
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The article by Kelley and colleagues (1) reviewed a large body of data on the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis of the lower extremities. The authors failed to mention, however, a useful and readily available technique for diagnosing deep venous thrombosis of the lower extremity, namely, nuclear venography. Because lung perfusion scanning can be done by injecting macroaggregated albumin through any peripheral vein, one can inject the tracer through veins in the feet and image the deep venous system as the tracer travels to the lungs. The technique requires only a few extra minutes and entails no
Glowniak JV. Nuclear Venography. Ann Intern Med. ;114:994. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-11-994_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(11):994.
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