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Diagnosing Acute Pulmonary Embolism: The Christopher Study 

Diagnosing Acute Pulmonary Embolism: The Christopher Study
Diagnosing Acute Pulmonary Embolism: The Christopher Study

Michael E. Hochman

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date: 15 July 2020

This chapter, found in the chest pain section of the book, provides a succinct synopsis of a key study examining the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism. This summary outlines the study methodology and design, major results, limitations and criticisms, related studies and additional information, and clinical implications. The study showed that a simple protocol involving clinical criteria (the modified Wells criteria), D-dimer testing, and CT can safely and effectively exclude acute pulmonary embolism in patients who are clinically suspected of the condition. In addition to outlining the most salient features of the study, a clinical vignette and imaging example are included in order to provide relevant clinical context.

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