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JAMA Diagnostic Test Interpretation
July 7, 2015

Computed Tomographic Pulmonary Angiography for Pulmonary Embolism

Author Affiliations
  • 1Thrombosis Program, Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 2Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Ottawa Health Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 3The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 4Université de Brest, Brest France
  • 5Division of Angiology and Hemostasis, Geneva University Hospital, Geneva, Switzerland.
JAMA. 2015;314(1):74-75. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.4970

A 67-year-old man with dyslipidemia, obesity (body mass index, 34), past tobacco use, anxiety, and borderline hypertension presented to the emergency department (ED) after 3 days of shortness of breath on exertion. He described increased anxiety and a pleuritic chest pain that began a few hours prior to his ED visit, but no hemoptysis. He had no personal history of cancer, venous thrombosis, recent surgery, trauma, or admission to hospital. His medications included fluoxetine, atorvastatin, vitamin D, magnesium, and niacin.

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