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Accuracy of the D-Dimer Assay for the Exclusion of Pulmonary Embolism in a High Risk Oncologic Population

2014-08-27 03:32:57 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The purpose of this study is to see if a blood test (D-dimer) is as precise as the CT scan for the detection of clots.

A pulmonary embolism is an obstruction of the blood vessels in your lungs usually due to a blood clot that travels to the lungs usually from the leg. Research has shown that the results of a specific blood test (D-dimer) can be used instead of a CT scan to diagnose clots. D-dimer is a valuable diagnostic marker in either detecting the presence of or monitoring the progress of blood clots. D-dimer assays have proven to be a beneficial diagnostic tool in the evaluation of patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE).

Study Design

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective

Conditions

Cancer

Intervention

CT pulmonary angiogram and d-dimer draw

Location

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York
New York
United States
10065

Status

Active, not recruiting

Source

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:32:57-0400

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Hypertrophy and dilation of the RIGHT VENTRICLE of the heart that is caused by PULMONARY HYPERTENSION. This condition is often associated with pulmonary parenchymal or vascular diseases, such as CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE and PULMONARY EMBOLISM.

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Narrowing below the PULMONARY VALVE or well below it in the infundibuluar chamber where the pulmonary artery originates, usually caused by a defective VENTRICULAR SEPTUM or presence of fibrous tissues. It is characterized by restricted blood outflow from the RIGHT VENTRICLE into the PULMONARY ARTERY, exertional fatigue, DYSPNEA, and chest discomfort.

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Backflow of blood from the PULMONARY ARTERY into the RIGHT VENTRICLE due to imperfect closure of the PULMONARY VALVE.

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