In this systematic review, researchers found that 32% of patients with DVT and no PE symptoms had diagnostic evidence of PE. Although the authors conclude that routine PE screening in patients with DVT may be advantageous, this is only true if it will change the short or long term management of the patient (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.