Articles tagged "D-dimer"

New Recommendations for Evaluation of Patients with Suspected Acute Pulmonary Emboli

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

The American College of Physicians has just released clinical practice guidelines on how to evaluate patients with a suspected acute PE.

MRI is useful to distinguish between residual clot versus acute recurrent DVT

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Frequently the combination of a serum D-dimer level and compression ultrasound testing can differentiate between a residual venous clot and an acute recurrent DVT. However, sometimes the results are equivocal and in these situations an MRI direct thrombus imaging can help distinguish a residual clot from a recurrent DVT.