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This is a little known and underestimated disease that affects 4 million people each year in developed countries.
The two primary forms of thromboembolism are venous thrombosis, or phlebitis, and pulmonary embolism. In 70% of cases, a pulmonary embolism is caused by a blood clot that migrates from the lower limbs (venous thrombosis) towards the lungs.
This is a life-threatening emergency that presents non-specific clinical signs (chest pain, respiratory trouble, etc.), making diagnosis difficult.
Given the severity of this disease, the quality of in vitro diagnostic tests is crucial.
For instance, a negative result from the VIDAS® D-Dimer Exclusion™ test – which detects even tiny parts of a clot and is considered by experts to be the test of reference – enables a diagnosis of venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism to be excluded with 99.9% certainty. Time-consuming and costly investigations (such as CT and Doppler scans) and unnecessary anticoagulant therapy can thus be avoided.