Venous thromboembolism: Potentially dangerous diagnostic pitfalls arise from diagnostic tests

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7537.364 (Published 09 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:364
  1. Oscar M Jolobe, retired geriatrician (oscarjolobe@yahoo.co.uk)
  1. Manchester M20 2RN

    EDITOR—The review of venous thromboembolism by Blanna and Lip did not draw sufficient attention to the diagnostic pitfalls that are an almost inevitable consequence of the reliance that many frontline medical staff place on diagnostic tests when differentiating between three of the most life threatening chest pain syndromes.1 These I would call the three ugly sisters—namely, pulmonary embolism, dissecting aortic …

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