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4030 Accuracy of the Diagnosis of Subsegmental Pulmonary Embolism Among General Radiologists

Program: Oral and Poster Abstracts
Session: 332. Thrombosis and Anticoagulation: Clinical and Epidemiological: Poster III
Hematology Disease Topics & Pathways:
Research, Clinical Practice (Health Services and Quality), Clinical Research, patient-reported outcomes
Monday, December 11, 2023, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Osama Batayneh, MD1, Ambreen Ijaz, MD2*, Ahmad Toumar, MD3*, Jessica Meek, MD4*, Houda Abdelrahman, MD4*, Stephanie Haddad, DO4* and Taro Minami, MD5*

1Upstate Cancer Center, Division of Hematology/Oncology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
2Division of Hematology and Oncology, Kent Hospital, Care New England, RI, Warwick, RI
3Department of Medicine, Kent Hospital, Care New England, RI, Warwick, RI
4Department of Medicine, Kent Hospital, Care New England, RI, warwick, RI
5Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Kent Hospital, Care New England, RI, Warwick, RI


Diagnosis and treatment of subsegmental pulmonary embolism (SSPE) are challenging. Contrary to segmental PE, little is known about the accuracy of the diagnosis of SSPE


A retrospective matched cohort study was conducted at a university-affiliated community hospital. Computed tomographic angiography (CTAs) were reviewed from August 2018 to December 2021. Patients who were 18-year-old or older with the diagnosis of SSPE were included. Patients with a concurrent segmental PE or deep venous thrombosis (DVT) were excluded. Another radiologist reviewed each CTA.


Total of 43 patients with SSPE without segmental PE were identified. The mean age of subjects was 67 years. 24 (56%) patients were males, and 41 (95%) were white. 42 (97%) of CTAs were performed for suspected PE. One case was found incidentally. Forty patients (93%) received therapeutic anticoagulation. Three patients (7%) were discharged from the Emergency Department (ED) without therapeutic anticoagulation. The average duration of anticoagulation therapy was four-months. Another radiologist's review of the CTA on admission revealed a discordant diagnosis: 13 out of 43 (30%) cases were reported negative for SSPE. One case was reported for segmental PE


The accuracy of the diagnosis of SSPE is low as the discordance rate by different radiologists is high. More studies are needed to establish the diagnosis and guide treatment of SSPE.

Disclosures: No relevant conflicts of interest to declare.

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