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Scan Technology Tied to Overtreatment of Clots in Lungs
Date:5/9/2011

a university news release.

The frequency of presumed complications of anticoagulation for PE was stable before CTPA, but increased 71 percent (from 3.1 to 5.3 per 100,000) after CTPA became available, the study authors explained.

The problem of overdiagnosis and overtreatment of PE is likely to continue to grow, according to the study authors. They called for further research to determine whether some PE patients with small clots can safely forgo anticoagulation treatment.

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The Society for Vascular Surgery has more about pulmonary embolism.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Boston University Medical Center, news release, May 9, 2011


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