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Am Fam Physician. 2004 Oct 15;70(8):1454.

The article “DVT and Pulmonary Embolism: Part 1. Diagnosis” (June 15, 2004, page 2829) contained an error in the Wells clinical prediction rule for pulmonary embolism. On page 2834, in Table 3, the third entry was incorrectly given as “Heart rate less than 100 beats per minute” when it should have stated “Heart rate greater than 100 beats per minute.” The online version of this article has been corrected, and the corrected table is reprinted below.

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TABLE 3

Wells Clinical Prediction Rule for PE

Clinical featurePoints

Clinical symptoms of DVT

3

Other diagnosis less likely than PE

3

Heart rate greater than 100 beats per minute

1.5

Immobilization or surgery within past 4 weeks

1.5

Previous DVT or PE

1.5

Hemoptysis

1

Malignancy

1

Total points:


PE = pulmonary embolism; DVT = deep venous thrombosis.

Risk score interpretation (probability of DVT): >6 points: high risk (78.4%); 2 to 6 points: moderate risk (27.8%); <2 points: low risk (3.4%)

Adapted with permission from Wells PS, Anderson DR, Rodger M, Ginsberg JS, Kearon C, Gent M, et al. Derivation of a simple clinical model to categorize patients’ probability of pulmonary embolism: increasing the model utility with the SimpliRED D-dimer. Thromb Haemost 2000;83:418.

TABLE 3

Wells Clinical Prediction Rule for PE

Clinical featurePoints

Clinical symptoms of DVT

3

Other diagnosis less likely than PE

3

Heart rate greater than 100 beats per minute

1.5

Immobilization or surgery within past 4 weeks

1.5

Previous DVT or PE

1.5

Hemoptysis

1

Malignancy

1

Total points:


PE = pulmonary embolism; DVT = deep venous thrombosis.

Risk score interpretation (probability of DVT): >6 points: high risk (78.4%); 2 to 6 points: moderate risk (27.8%); <2 points: low risk (3.4%)

Adapted with permission from Wells PS, Anderson DR, Rodger M, Ginsberg JS, Kearon C, Gent M, et al. Derivation of a simple clinical model to categorize patients’ probability of pulmonary embolism: increasing the model utility with the SimpliRED D-dimer. Thromb Haemost 2000;83:418.



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