Pulmonary embolism

Last updated: Tuesday, 21, December, 2010
Key InformationAppropriate Tests

Arterial blood gases. FBC, blood film; APTT as baseline for heparin therapy.

Fibrin degradation products performed in the routine mannerĀ  are unreliable in the confirmation or exclusion of the diagnosis (qualitative D-dimer).

Qualitative D-dimer may have a role in screening. Consult pathologist.

For predisposing factors see Thrombosis, Thrombophilia

See also Anticoagulant monitoring.