In this large database analysis, after the introduction of CT pulmonary angiography, the incidence of PE increased 81%. Although case fatality rate substantially decreased by 36%, anticoagulation related complications increased 71%. All of these statistics imply significant over-diagnosis, which is consistent with clinical suspicion (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.