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Crit Care. 2010;14(1):110. doi: 10.1186/cc8838. Epub 2010 Jan 27.

Splendors and miseries of expired CO2 measurement in the suspicion of pulmonary embolism.

Abstract

Capnography has been studied for decades as a potential diagnostic tool for suspected pulmonary embolism. Despite technological refinements and its combination with other non-invasive instruments, no evidence to date allows recommending the use of expired carbon dioxide measurement as a rule-out test for pulmonary embolism without additional radiological testing. Further investigations are, however, still warranted.

PMID:
20156311
PMCID:
PMC2875509
DOI:
10.1186/cc8838
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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