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Diagnosis and management of pulmonary embolism in the elderly

Published inEuropean journal of internal medicine, vol. 25, no. 4, p. 343-349
Publication date2014
Abstract

Elderly patients are a population not only at particularly high risk of venous thromboembolism including pulmonary embolism (PE), but also at high risk of adverse clinical outcomes and treatment-related complications. Major progresses have been achieved in the diagnosis and treatment of PE over the last two decades. Nevertheless, some of elderly patients' specificities still represent important challenges in the management of PE in this population, from its suspicion to its diagnosis and treatment, and are discussed in this review. Perspectives for the future are from a diagnostic point of view the potential implementation of age-adjusted d-dimer cut-offs that will allow ruling out PE in a greater proportion of elderly patients without the need for thoracic imaging. From a therapeutic point of view, acquisition of post-marketing clinical experience with the use of new oral anticoagulants is still necessary, and in the meantime, these drugs should be prescribed with great caution in thoroughly selected elderly patients.

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ROBERT-EBADI, Helia, RIGHINI, Marc Philip. Diagnosis and management of pulmonary embolism in the elderly. In: European journal of internal medicine, 2014, vol. 25, n° 4, p. 343–349. doi: 10.1016/j.ejim.2014.03.009
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