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D-dimer assay may not be reliable to rule out pulmonary embolism in COVID-19 patients

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The plasma D-dimer assay has long been used, in association with clinical prediction scores, to rule out pulmonary embolism (PE) in critically ill patients. However, a new study suggests that it may not be an appropriate test for patients hospitalized with COVID-19.The study revealed that all hospitalized patients with COVID-19 and evidence of PE on radiographic evaluation had plasma D-dimer levels of 0.05 μg/mL or more, the cutoff for diagnosis.From a sample of 1541 patients hospitalized wit...
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