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Diagnosing pulmonary embolism

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 27 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:814
  1. A G Fennerty, Consultant physiciana
  1. a Southern General Hospital NHS Trust, Glasgow G51 4TF

    Editor—The letters commenting on my review on the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism merit a reply.1 2 My first comment concerns the morbidity of anticoagulant treatment. A study by the British Thoracic Society showed a mortality of 0.1%, with serious bleeding in 6/1000 patient months.3 Most published studies of mortality and morbidity refer to long term treatment with anticoagulants, but even recent studies of the treatment of atrial fibrillation in which the target …

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