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The Significance of Pulmonary Artery Size in Pulmonary Hypertension

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Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Mayo Clinic, 4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA
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Diagnostic Radiology, Mayo Clinic, 4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA
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Diseases 2014, 2(3), 243-259; https://doi.org/10.3390/diseases2030243
Received: 12 June 2014 / Revised: 21 July 2014 / Accepted: 25 July 2014 / Published: 31 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH))
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) has been found to have significant morbidity and mortality. The treatment of PH has advanced considerably with increasingly more effective and safer options. With an increasing effort to diagnose patients early, non-invasive techniques are often used to screen those patients likely to have PH. Computerized tomography (CT) chest scans are increasingly utilized in the evaluation of patients with exertional dyspnea, including those with suspected PH. The main role of the CT scan is to evaluate for any associated underlying diseases. There have been attempts to address the utility of CT to predict the presence of PH. This article reviews previously published investigations to summarize the relationship between pulmonary artery dimensions and PH to determine both the strength of the correlation and its discriminatory ability for use in clinical practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: pulmonary hypertension; pulmonary artery diameter; computed tomography; lung; diagnosis; screening pulmonary hypertension; pulmonary artery diameter; computed tomography; lung; diagnosis; screening
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Ussavarungsi, K.; Whitlock, J.P.; Lundy, T.A.; Carabenciov, I.D.; Burger, C.D.; Lee, A.S. The Significance of Pulmonary Artery Size in Pulmonary Hypertension. Diseases 2014, 2, 243-259.

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