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Figure 2.

Proposed Diagnostic Algorithm for Patients with Suspected High-Risk PE in the Absence of Shock or Hypotension.

a Two alternative classification schemes may be used for clinical probability assessment, i.e. a three-level scheme (clinical probability defined as low, intermediate, or high) or a two-level scheme (PE unlikely or PE likely). When using a moderately sensitive assay, D-dimer measurement should be restricted to patients with low clinical probability or a PE-unlikely classification, while highly sensitive assays may also be used in patients with intermediate clinical probability of PE due to a higher sensitivity and negative predictive value.

b Treatment refers to anticoagulation treatment for PE.

c CT angiogram is considered diagnostic of PE if it shows PE at the segmental or more proximal level.

d In case of a negative CT angiogram in patients with high clinical probability, further investigation may be considered before withholding PE-specific treatment.

CT, computed tomographic; PE, pulmonary embolism.

RMMJ Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal Rambam Health Care Campus 2014 October; 5(4): e0040. ISSN: 2076-9172
Published online 2014 October 29. doi: 10.5041/RMMJ.10174