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do you know what blood test was done? was it the D dimer test?
well, this means that the D dimer test was negative
this goes strongly against pulmonary embolism
it does not rule it out completely though
a CT angiography is needed for final confirmation
PE can be difficult to diagnose and requires a number of clinical and radiological results
ok, well I'm going to my primary tomorrow and I'll ask her about the CT
the D dimer is the first test and if it is negative, the likelyhood of PE diminishes greatly
yes, to be absolutely sure, the CT angiography is needed
this will be confirmatory
since you have a suspicion of PE, and specially because of your history of surgery, you can have this done
That would certainly make me feel a lot better
meanwhile of course continue the medicines
thats right, it will give a certainty
wish you good health and a quick recovery
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