Pulmonary embolism An update

Aust Fam Physician. 2017 Nov;46(11):816-820.


Background: Pulmonary embolism is a common condition and can be the source of significant morbidity and mortality.

Objective: This article reviews the approach to the diagnostic assessment and management of patients with suspected pulmonary embolism.

Discussion: Various clinical decision rules and algorithms are available to assist in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism, and the Wells score and Pulmonary Embolism Rule-out Criteria rule are presented in this article. The utility of D-dimer testing and the role of imaging to confirm the diagnosis are also discussed. Treatment options once pulmonary embolism is confirmed are presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Embolism / diagnosis*
  • Pulmonary Embolism / physiopathology*
  • Pulmonary Embolism / therapy*
  • Risk Factors