The first evaluated the use of the modified Geneva score and a high sensitivity D-dimer in 441 pregnant patients.51 Women with a low or intermediate clinical probability and negative D-dimer (<500 μg/L) had pulmonary embolism excluded; all others underwent bilateral lower limb compression ultrasonography and, if this was negative, CTPA. In this study, no patients with low or moderate clinical probability score had a recurrent venous thromboembolism event in the three months of study follow-up (0%, 95% confidence interval 0.00% to 0.29%) and the dichotomized D-dimer cut-off strategy reduced the use of diagnostic imaging by 17.6% (15.9% to 19.2%) compared with the reanalysis of results with a single 500 ng/mL cut-off. Epidemiology and risk factors for pulmonary embolism in pregnancy. No difference was seen in the three month event rate of venous thromboembolism (predefined secondary outcome).93 A non-inferiority RCT of 550 patients with no Hestia criteria and negative NT-proBNP compared inpatient and outpatient treatment. Who should get long-term anticoagulant therapy for venous thromboembolism and with what? We support the position endorsed by the ISTH that a combination of low clinical probability score and negative D-dimer test can be used to exclude pulmonary embolism in patients with a history of previous venous thromboembolism, but patients with an intermediate or high clinical probability score should undergo diagnostic imaging.76, As residual defects often persist on CTPA and ventilation-perfusion lung scans six to 12 months after the initial diagnosis, interpretation of diagnostic imaging for suspected recurrent events requires prudent comparison with previous imaging to prevent over-diagnosis. In patients who have an acute pulmonary embolism within one month of expected delivery, we also suggest scheduled induction of labor but administration of unfractionated heparin at therapeutic dose until active labor to avoid prolonged interruptions of therapy. Catheter directed thrombolysis (CDT) is an alternative method for delivery of thrombolysis with potentially a lower risk of bleeding (one third the dose of thrombolytic drug compared with systemic delivery). Tijdschr Diergeneeskd. The gold standard test for diagnosis of PE remains pulmonary angiography. A recent RCT of 3062 low risk pregnancies showed that scheduled induction of labor is safe, does not increase the risk for cesarean section delivery, and had a small benefit on the primary outcome of perinatal death or severe neonatal complications (relative risk 0.80, 0.64 to 1.00).119 In patients with an acute venous thromboembolism event in the current pregnancy that occurred more than a month before the expected delivery date, we suggest a scheduled induction of labor with the last dose of LMWH administered 24 hours before. Because a history of previous venous thromboembolism is a variable in some clinical probability scores (table 1), such patients are often categorized as having a high probability, necessitating further diagnostic imaging. A controlled trial, Wells Rule and d-Dimer Testing to Rule Out Pulmonary Embolism: A Systematic Review and Individual-Patient Data Meta-analysis, Value of the ventilation/perfusion scan in acute pulmonary embolism. After this review was accepted for publication, one of these clinical trials, CARAVAGGIO, was completed and its results published; we updated the manuscript to include the details of this trial and its results. Although opinion on their usefulness diverges, right ventricular imaging and cardiac biomarkers may be considered for selecting patients who need cardiac monitoring, should close follow-up be unavailable. 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Until the past decade, VKAs were the only oral anticoagulants available for treatment of venous thromboembolism, used concurrently with parenteral anticoagulation for at least five days and until two consecutive international normalized ratio readings are between 2 and 3. Consideration of the probability of pulmonary embolism before testing (that is, pre-test probability) avoids unnecessary testing and is critical to the interpretation of results. Nevertheless, a pregnancy adapted YEARS algorithm seems to be safe and effective at reducing the need for diagnostic imaging in some patients. The composite primary outcome was 30 day pulmonary embolism or bleeding related mortality, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or intensive care unit admission.97 Although the lower than expected positive NT-proBNP concentrations (12% v 40% expected) prevented the trial from being powered to conclude non-inferiority, the primary endpoint occurred in none of the 275 patients (0%, 0% to 1.3%) who had NT-proBNP testing, compared with 3/275 patients (1.1%, 0.2% to 3.2%) in the direct discharge group (P=0.25). Suggested algorithm for management of cancer associated thrombosis. However, only 16% (compared with 33% of those without previous venous thromboembolism history) were able to have pulmonary embolism excluded without imaging tests.78 Another observational study included 516 patients with clinically suspected recurrent pulmonary embolism while not on anticoagulation therapy.79 This diagnostic strategy excluded pulmonary embolism on the basis of a Wells pulmonary embolism score of 4 or lower (“pulmonary embolism unlikely”) and a negative D-dimer test; all other patients underwent CTPA. Identifying at-risk patients is key to diagnosis in small animals. A need for greater recognition of patients’ psychological wellness and research into potential targeted supports clearly exists. Thrombolytic therapy, either systemic (most common) or directed by a catheter into the pulmonary arteries, can be used to accelerate the resolution of acute pulmonary embolism, lower pulmonary artery pressure, and increase arterial oxygenation.123 Five per cent of patients with acute pulmonary embolism will present with hemodynamic compromise with systolic blood pressure persistently less than 90 mm Hg; they represent the subgroup at the highest risk for early mortality from pulmonary embolism, thus standing to benefit the most from thrombolytic therapy.124 Bleeding is the major limitation of thrombolytic therapy, with major bleeding rates reported to be 10% or greater.125 Overall, a systolic blood pressure persistently less than 90 mm Hg for at least 15 minutes and without high risk for bleeding is considered to be an indication for immediate treatment with systemic thrombolytic therapy.1415 This recommendation, however, is based on poor quality evidence, likely because of challenges in studying patients presenting with acute instability. An RCT comparing CTPA and ventilation-perfusion lung scanning found that CTPA detected 5% (1.1% to 8.9%) more pulmonary embolisms, but patients in whom pulmonary embolism was excluded by a diagnostic algorithm based on ventilation-perfusion lung scanning did not have a higher three month incidence of venous thromboembolism during follow-up: 2/561 (0.4%) patients randomized to CTPA versus 6/611 (1.0%) patients undergoing ventilation-perfusion lung scan (difference −0.6%, −1.6% to 0.3%).46 This calls into question the clinical significance of these pulmonary embolisms “missed” by ventilation-perfusion lung scans. All DOACs are substrates of P-glycoprotein; apixaban and rivaroxaban are also substrates of cytochrome P450 (CYP3A4), whereas edoxaban and dabigatran are not. Ann Intern Med 201844, On the basis of a meta-analysis of observational and randomized studies, a normal CTPA is associated with a pooled incidence of venous thromboembolism at three months of 1.2% (0.8% to 1.8%) and negative predictive value of 98.8% (98.2% to 99.2%).45 A ventilation-perfusion lung scan in a validated diagnostic algorithm performs equally well as CTPA in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism.464748 Patients with pulmonary embolism excluded by a diagnostic algorithm combining ventilation-perfusion lung scan, D-dimer, compression ultrasound, and clinical probability score had an incidence of venous thromboembolism at three months of 0.1% (0.0% to 0.7%) with a negative predictive value of 99.5% (99.1% to 100%).48. Pregnancy alone does not increase the occurrence of non-diagnostic imaging results, and both ventilation-perfusion lung scans and CTPA are safe and accurate diagnostic imaging modalities in pregnancy.5354 Fetal exposure to radiation is well under acceptable limits for both tests.53 Given the younger age, and thus longer lifetime risk for secondary malignancies, we favor the use of ventilation-perfusion lung scans in pregnant women, a position similar to the American Society of Hematology guidelines.53 First investigating for DVT with compression ultrasonography can be considered in patients who have symptoms suggestive of a DVT. The duration of treatment depends on the presence or absence of risk factors at the time of diagnosis of the index pulmonary embolism (see box 1).  |  The availability, and careful review with an experienced radiologist, of previous imaging and ideally baseline imaging performed six to 12 months after an acute pulmonary embolism is advised when evaluating a patient for recurrent pulmonary embolism and has been shown to be a safe and accurate approach.84 We routinely do a baseline ventilation-perfusion lung scan six to 12 months after an acute pulmonary embolism. A Randomized Clinical Trial, Early discharge and home treatment of patients with low-risk pulmonary embolism with the oral factor Xa inhibitor rivaroxaban: an international multicentre single-arm clinical trial, Subsegmental pulmonary embolism diagnosed by computed tomography: incidence and clinical implications. Pulmonary angiography is the gold standard test. The annual risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism in women at low risk was 1.6% (0.3% to 4.6%) in the derivation cohort and 3% (1.8% to 4.8%) in the validation cohort. Major bleeding was the primary safety outcome and occurred with similar frequency in each apixaban group (hazard ratio 0.25 (0.03 to 2.24) for apixaban 5 mg versus placebo and 0.49 (0.09 to 2.64) for apixaban 2.5 mg versus placebo). Genetic counseling should be offered to patients undergoing testing, with acknowledgment of the psychological effects such results can have.63646566, Antiphospholipid syndrome is a thrombophilia that should be considered separately. These data suggest that patients with a first unprovoked venous thromboembolism are at substantial risk for recurrent thrombosis, and this should guide decisions on extended anticoagulation therapy. Registry studies found that up to 17% of patients die within three months of diagnosis of venous thromboembolism,5 although many of these deaths may be due to associated comorbidities rather than direct causation. If topic advances were not fully covered by a systematic review, meta-analysis, or RCT, we included observational studies or expert consensus and opinion. Although DSA pulmonary angiography is the gold standard for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism, CTPA is the first choice for acute pulmonary embolism in emergency patients. The ISTH Scientific Subcommittee suggests evaluating patients’ risk for recurrent venous thromboembolism.14 In patients with less than 5% risk at one year or less than 15% at five years, the recommendation is to stop anticoagulation. The choice of anticoagulant should be made on an individual basis and in consultation with a pharmacist for assessment of drug-drug interactions.112 A list of common drug-drug interactions for direct Xa inhibitors can be found in the Canadian expert consensus.112 The initial phase of cancer associated pulmonary embolism treatment requires use of parenteral anticoagulation (LMWH, fondaparinux) or rivaroxaban in patients without significant renal impairment, according to the algorithm proposed. Most blood clots following acute pulmonary embolism over a period of time get absorbed. Prompt initiation of anticoagulation while awaiting investigations is prudent because of the high risk of early mortality with untreated pulmonary embolism.282930 Although this approach for starting anticoagulation in patients in whom a pulmonary embolism is suspected has been shown to be safe in outpatient settings,31 risks of bleeding and overuse of diagnostic tests remain. Adapted from Carrier M, et al. Despite major advances in the management of pulmonary embolism, up to half of patients report chronic functional limitations. USA.gov.  |  In those with minor transient risk factors such as hormone associated pulmonary embolism, the risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism is approximately 15% at five years and consideration of the risks of anticoagulation related major bleeding is important when recommending extended treatment in this intermediate group. A health sciences librarian did all the searches. Lockwood AJ, Sinnott-Stutzman VB, Mouser PJ, Tsai SL. Limitations of EINSTEIN CHOICE are centered on the predominantly provoked venous thromboembolism population (60% of participants). Three CanVECTOR patient partners were consulted for the preparation of the manuscript and were asked to review a proposed outline of topics to include and provided their contributions and feedback. In the PIOPED study, 17% of patients had defects isolated to the subsegmental pulmonary arteries, which corresponds to a “low probability” ventilation-perfusion lung scan.32 In observational studies, these low probability ventilation-perfusion patients were not treated if bilateral leg compression ultrasonography and serial compression ultrasonography were performed.48 This was shown to be a safe strategy and remains the current management of such patients.16 A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies and RCTs showed that the rate of subsegmental pulmonary embolism was higher when multi-row detector computed tomography was used compared with single detector computed tomography, but the three month incidence of recurrent venous thromboembolism in patients left untreated was the same in both groups (0.9% (0.4% to 1.4%) and 1.1% (0.7% to 1.4%) for single and multi-row detectors respectively), suggesting that the extra subsegmental pulmonary embolisms detected may not have the same clinical significance.99 Similarly, another systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies and RCTs showed no difference between patients with subsegmental pulmonary embolism who were treated with anticoagulation and those not treated for the pooled outcomes of three month incidence of recurrent venous thromboembolism (5.3% (1.6% to 10.9%) treated, 3.9% (4.8% to 13.4%) untreated) and all cause mortality (2.1% (3.4% to 5.2%) treated, 3.0% (2.8% to 8.6%) untreated).103 The diagnosis of subsegmental pulmonary embolism is complicated by low inter-observer agreement between radiologists and the recognition that many subsegmental pulmonary embolisms are interpreted as false positives by more experienced radiologists.100 Collectively, this has led to the recommendation that subsegmental pulmonary embolism in the absence of DVT may not need to be treated with anticoagulation.14 Until further research is completed, we suggest that isolated subsegmental pulmonary embolism on CTPA, in the absence of cancer or high risk features such as poor cardiopulmonary reserve, may be approached as one would a non-diagnostic ventilation-perfusion lung scan: with baseline and serial bilateral leg compression ultrasonography and no anticoagulation treatment unless DVT is found. Treatment Unfractionated heparin and LMWH are safest during pregnancy as they do not cross the placenta; LMWH is the mainstay of treatment owing to its once daily dosing and self-administered subcutaneous route. Parenteral anticoagulation with low molecular weight heparin (LMWH), fondaparinux, or intravenous unfractionated heparin is typically used in patients admitted to hospital for initial management of pulmonary embolism. Acute pulmonary embolism may occur rapidly and unpredictably and may be difficult to diagnose. Duration of therapy for acute venous thromboembolism in cancers patients is usually six months, and extended treatment is individualized on the basis of the patient’s cancer status and treatments (box 3). K antagonist oral anticoagulants, and with other non-vitamin K antagonist antithrombotic drugs. Thrombolytic therapy for PTE remains controversial but may be indicated in hemodynamically unstable acute PTE. Prolonged use of LMWH dominated the cancer associated venous thromboembolism field for a long time, on the basis of the results of trials comparing LMWH and VKAs.114 Since then, four RCTs have compared DOACs and LMWH in patients with cancer associated venous thromboembolism. How can clinicians recognize and manage the long term sequelae of pulmonary embolism such as chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension and post-pulmonary embolism syndrome? Pulmonary embolism can be difficult to diagnose, especially in people who have underlying heart or lung disease. Three year follow-up in PEITHO showed no effect of thrombolysis therapy on residual dyspnea, right ventricular dysfunction, or overall mortality.126. The ADAM VTE trial randomized 300 patients to either apixaban or LMWH for six months’ treatment of cancer associated venous thromboembolism.117 Recurrent thrombosis was more common in the LMWH group (hazard ratio 0.099, 0.013 to 0.780). PTE is associated with numerous predisposing conditions causing hypercoagulability, blood flow stasis, or endothelial injury. However, about 5% of time, large multiple blood clots and recurrent pulmonary embolism from 'deep vein thrombosis' do not get absorbed and continue to block the blood supply to the lungs. The most commonly used clinical probability scores were derived in, and are therefore generalizable to, cohorts that included patients with previous venous thromboembolism. DOACs are given at fixed doses and do not necessitate routine laboratory monitoring (table 3).105 Each DOAC has been deemed non-inferior to the VKA/LMWH combination in phase III RCTs for the prevention of symptomatic recurrent venous thromboembolism in patients with an acute venous thromboembolism). Fifty per cent of venous thromboembolism events are associated with a transient risk factor, such as recent surgery or hospital admission for medical illness, 20% are associated with cancer, and the remainder are associated with minor or no risk factors and are thus classified as unprovoked.23Box 1 summarizes common risk factors for venous thromboembolism.1924 Despite comprehensive literature on the epidemiology of venous thromboembolism and its risk factors, public awareness is poor compared with other health conditions with comparable incidence. Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) ventilation-perfusion scanning is proposed as an alternative to planar ventilation-perfusion scanning, as this technique may reduce the proportion of non-diagnostic results. On the basis of this evidence, we support the recommendations for outpatient management of pulmonary embolism.1416 The identification and outpatient management of appropriate pulmonary embolisms will represent a significant cost savings without compromise to patient safety.98. Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov, Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus, Find NCBI SARS-CoV-2 literature, sequence, and clinical content: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sars-cov-2/. The pulmonary artery has the critical job of carrying blood to the lungs to be replenished with oxygen, so an obstruction of blood flow within this blood vessel affects the lungs and the heart, and produces symptoms of low oxygen in the rest of the body. Apixaban at both doses resulted in fewer recurrent primary outcome events compared with placebo (hazard ratio 0.36 (0.25 to 0.53) for apixaban 5 mg versus placebo and 0.33 (0.22 to 0.48) for apixaban 2.5 mg versus placebo). Ongoing studies such as RENOVE (NCT03285438) are evaluating extended therapy of full dose DOAC compared with reduced dose DOAC for patients with unprovoked index venous thromboembolism. Antiphospholipid syndrome is thought to be associated with a high risk for both recurrent venous thromboembolism and arterial thrombosis.67 The presence of persistently elevated antiphospholipid antibodies with a first venous thromboembolism is an acceptable indication for indefinite duration of anticoagulation.1667 A diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome is made on the basis of laboratory and clinical criteria.68 Laboratory criteria include the presence of at least one associated antibody on two or more occasions and at least 12 weeks apart: lupus anticoagulant (detected according to the guidelines of the International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis (ISTH)),69 anti-β2-glycoprotein I (>99th centile of controls), or anti-cardiolipin antibodies (>40 GPL units or >99th centile of controls). Tinzaparin ou Heparin Standard: Evaluation dans l’Embolie Pulmonaire Study. For those patients included in the more recent large randomized controlled trials (RCTs), the three month all cause mortality has been approximately 2%.6789. Box 2 shows the DOAC dosing options for extended treatment, including continuation of the same dosing as for long term treatment or reduced dosing for rivaroxaban and apixaban. Major bleeding events were mostly seen in the subgroup of patients with upper gastrointestinal tract malignancies. PTE therapy consists of supportive treatment combined with appropriate, individualized thromboembolic pharmacotherapy for acute treatment and chronic management. These topics included inferior vena cava filters, bleeding and anticoagulation, post-thrombotic syndrome, post-pulmonary embolism syndrome, chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, quality of life and patient experience, cancer, inherited thrombophilia, and antiphospholipid syndrome. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that occurs in the lungs. Thrombolytic therapy, either systemic (most common) or directed by a catheter into the pulmonary arteries, can be used to accelerate the resolution of acute pulmonary embolism, lower pulmonary artery pressure, and increase arterial oxygenation.123 Five per cent of patients with acute pulmonary embolism will present with hemodynamic compromise with systolic blood pressure … If thrombophilia testing is used, it should be done after completion of treatment for an acute venous thromboembolism event and preferably in the absence of anticoagulation therapy, as false positive results are associated with warfarin (protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency), heparin (lupus anticoagulant), and DOACs (lupus anticoagulant).56 We suggest that inherited thrombophilia testing should not be done when venous thromboembolism is associated with a strong provoking factor, as such patients have a low risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism, even when an inherited thrombophilia is identified.60 We also suggest that thrombophilia testing should not be done in patients with unprovoked venous thromboembolism who already have an indication for long term anticoagulation (based on sex or risk predictions scores). Anticoagulation therapy for confirmed acute pulmonary embolism is the mainstay of treatment and can be divided into three phases: initial phase from zero to seven days, long term therapy from one week to three months, and extended therapy from three months to indefinite.14Box 2 shows anticoagulation options and dosing during each phase. Computed tomography pulmonary angiography may replace selective pulmonary angiography as the imaging technique of choice for PTE diagnosis. In the remaining patients with unprovoked venous thromboembolism and no indication for indefinite anticoagulation, we suggest discussing inherited thrombophilia testing with them. PE can be classified as massive or submassive pulmonary embolism. MAF guided the writing of the full manuscript. The primary safety outcome of major bleeding was not different for either dose of rivaroxaban compared with aspirin (hazard ratio 2.01 (0.50 to 8.04) for rivaroxaban 20 mg compared with aspirin and 1.64 (0.39 to 6.84) for rivaroxaban 10 mg compared with aspirin). Mortality rates in small animals are unknown. The strategy was able to exclude pulmonary embolism without imaging tests in only 17% of patients. Despite a decade of advances, however, pulmonary embolism continues to have important long term consequences for patients, including chronic dyspnea, diminished exercise capacity, and effects on quality of life. 2019 Sep 3;81(9):1259-1265. doi: 10.1292/jvms.19-0082. Pulmonary embolism is a common and potentially fatal cardiovascular disorder that must be promptly diagnosed and treated. LD, LAC, and MAF are investigators of the Canadian Venous Thromboembolism Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research (CanVECTOR) Network; the Network receives grant funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Funding Reference: CDT-142654). Comparison of guideline recommendations from ASH*, CHEST†, and ESC‡ for diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary embolism. The most common source of pulmonary emboli is deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the lower limbs. J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). DOAC=direct oral anticoagulant; LMWH=low molecular weight heparin. Diagnostic management studies have either excluded or included very few pregnant women, and safe diagnostic strategies were lacking until recently. 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