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Current Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism in Primary Care: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physicians

Journal Article

A Qaseem, V Snow, P Barry, ER Hornbake, JE Rodnick, T Tobolic, B Ireland, JB Segal, EB Bass, KB Weiss, L Green, Douglas K. Owens, Joint American Academy of Family Physicians/American College of Physicians Panel on Deep Venous Thrombosis/Pulmnary Embolism

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Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 146 no. 6, page(s) 454-458
March 2007

This guideline summarizes the current approaches for the diagnosis of venous thromboembolism. The importance of early diagnosis to prevent mortality and morbidity associated with venous thromboembolism cannot be overstressed. This field is highly dynamic, however, and new evidence is emerging periodically that may change the recommendations. The purpose of this guideline is to present recommendations based on current evidence to clinicians to aid in the diagnosis of lower extremity deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.