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Time trends in pulmonary embolism in the United States: evidence of overdiagnosis.

Wiener RS, Schwartz LM, Woloshin S. Time trends in pulmonary embolism in the United States: evidence of overdiagnosis. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(9):831-7. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.178.

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May 25, 2011
Wiener RS, Schwartz LM, Woloshin S. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171:831-7.

Since the introduction of new diagnostic technologies in the late 1990s, pulmonary embolism diagnoses have increased, but mortality from pulmonary embolisms has not decreased. This combination of findings likely represents overdiagnosis—either due to false-positive diagnoses or detection (and treatment) of clinically insignificant clots.

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Wiener RS, Schwartz LM, Woloshin S. Time trends in pulmonary embolism in the United States: evidence of overdiagnosis. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(9):831-7. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.178.