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Using the Alveolar Dead-Space Fraction and D-Dimer to Screen a Patient for Pulmonary Embolism

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Pulmonology & Critical Care

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Description:

The presence of a normal alveolar dead-space fraction and a sensitive plasma D-dimer assay can exclude pulmonary embolism in most patients seen in the Emergency Department. This can help identify a subset of patients for whom imaging studies are warranted. The primary author is from the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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