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Echocardiography in the Diagnosis and Management of Pulmonary Embolism: A Limerick FREE TO VIEW

Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD, FCCP
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Harvard Medical School Boston, MA

Correspondence to: Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD, FCCP, Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 75 Francis St, Boston, MA; e-mail: sgoldhaber@partners.org

Chest. 2000;118(5):1518-1519. doi:10.1378/chest.118.5.1518
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If PE you want to detect,

And ECHO is what you select,

Why did you not plan

CT or lung scan

To prove there’s a blood flow defect?

Once diagnosis is secure,

The ECHO itself is no cure.

For prognostication,

Risk stratification,

ECHO can guide treatment for sure!

You’re still hesitating, I see.

Not certain about the RV?

For more precise measure

Than simply blood pressure,





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