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The Diagnosis and Management of Venous Thromboembolism

The differential diagnosis for acute PE is broad and includes a number of cardiopulmonary diseases and, occasionally, intra-abdominal processes may be mimicked by PE. Hypoxemia is extremely common but not always...
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Course Authors

Victor F. Tapson, M.D.

Dr. Tapson is Professor of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine. Within the past 12 months, Dr. Tapson has received research grant support from Actelion, Cotherix, Encysive, Pfizer, Sanofi Aventis and United Therapeutics, and has been a consultant for Actelion, Sanofi Aventis and United Therapeutics.

This activity is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Sanofi Aventis.

Estimated course time: 1 hour(s).

Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and InterMDnet. Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this Cyberounds®, you should be able to:

  • Describe underlying risk factors for venous thromboembolism

  • Describe appropriate diagnostic approaches to suspected acute DVT and PE

  • Discuss the mechanism of action of various anticoagulants

  • Discuss the side-effect profiles of warfarin, UFH and LMWH

  • Discuss results of clinical trials in VTE prevention and treatment.



This conference may include discussion of commercial products and services.

The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the sponsor or its publisher. Please review complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combination of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings and adverse effects before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.


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