Westermark's sign of pulmonary embolism--well known but frequently overlooked.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/559237
Title:
Westermark's sign of pulmonary embolism--well known but frequently overlooked.
Authors:
Tsvetanova, Z; Logan, H
Citation:
Westermark's sign of pulmonary embolism--well known but frequently overlooked. 2015, 108 (1):27 Ir Med J
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
Jan-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/559237
PubMed ID:
25702355
Abstract:
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is frequently a difficult diagnosis because of non-specific symptoms that can lead to misdiagnosis 1 . We report a patient with PE successfully diagnosed and treated, whose CXR showed Westermark’s sign of pulmonary embolism. Westermark’s sign is distal oligaemia in the affected area of the lung due to a reduction in size of vessels distal to a PE 2 . It has a low sensitivity (14%) and high specificity (92%) for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism 3 . Its high specificity for PE makes it a sign well worth being aware of and in this case described its early recognition may led to early treatment and to prevention of cardiovascular insult.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
PULMONARY EMBOLISM
MeSH:
Adult; Electrocardiography; Fibrinolytic Agents; Humans; Male; Pulmonary Embolism
ISSN:
0332-3102

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorTsvetanova, Zen
dc.contributor.authorLogan, Hen
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-08T13:44:06Zen
dc.date.available2015-07-08T13:44:06Zen
dc.date.issued2015-01en
dc.identifier.citationWestermark's sign of pulmonary embolism--well known but frequently overlooked. 2015, 108 (1):27 Ir Med Jen
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102en
dc.identifier.pmid25702355en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/559237en
dc.description.abstractPulmonary embolism (PE) is frequently a difficult diagnosis because of non-specific symptoms that can lead to misdiagnosis 1 . We report a patient with PE successfully diagnosed and treated, whose CXR showed Westermark’s sign of pulmonary embolism. Westermark’s sign is distal oligaemia in the affected area of the lung due to a reduction in size of vessels distal to a PE 2 . It has a low sensitivity (14%) and high specificity (92%) for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism 3 . Its high specificity for PE makes it a sign well worth being aware of and in this case described its early recognition may led to early treatment and to prevention of cardiovascular insult.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Irish medical journalen
dc.subjectPULMONARY EMBOLISMen
dc.subject.meshAdulten
dc.subject.meshElectrocardiographyen
dc.subject.meshFibrinolytic Agentsen
dc.subject.meshHumansen
dc.subject.meshMaleen
dc.subject.meshPulmonary Embolismen
dc.titleWestermark's sign of pulmonary embolism--well known but frequently overlooked.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen
dc.description.fundingNo fundingen
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren
dc.description.peer-reviewpeer-reviewen

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