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Prevalence of pulmonary embolism among emergency department patients with syncope: A multicenter prospective cohort study

from Annals of Emergency Medicine via MDLinx

Combining data from two large prospective studies enrolling adults with syncope from 17 emergency departments in Canada and the United States, researchers evaluated the pulmonary embolism prevalence among ED patients with syncope. Outcomes revealed a very low prevalence of pulmonary embolism among the ED patients with syncope, including those hospitalized after syncope. They recommend clinicians to practice caution about indiscriminate investigations for pulmonary embolism despite a possible involvement of an underlying pulmonary embolism in causing syncope. more

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