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Editor's Correspondence
March 25, 2002

Does Anticoagulant Therapy Reduce Mortality of Acute Pulmonary Embolism?

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(6):720. doi:

I am very concerned about the opinion stated by David K. Cundiff in the September 24, 2001, issue of the ARCHIVES.1 Though Dr Cundiff does raise some very interesting statistical observations, I would be hard-pressed given the current guidelines to not treat a patient who has had acute pulmonary embolus with anticoagulation for 6 months. I think that this opinion should at least have had a counterbalancing editorial to put it in context with current guidelines. Left unchallenged, this creates a significant problem for all physicians who deal with patients with pulmonary emboli, and I would have thought that you would have counterbalanced this.

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