Chronic pulmonary thromboembolism
Pulmonary and Critical Care
Chronic pulmonary thromboembolism is a rare but treatable cause of pulmonary hypertension. We are describing two patients with limited mobility and dyspnoea. Neither of the patients had clinical evidence of deep vein thrombosis. A high level of clinical suspicion is required for the diagnosis. Spiral CT scan establishes the diagnosis avoiding the need for pulmonary angiography. Surgical endarterectomy is the treatment of choice. Life-long anticoagulation therapy is recommended for patients in whom surgery cannot be performed. Untreated, the condition carries a high mortality.
Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan
Hussain, S. F.
(2003). Chronic pulmonary thromboembolism. Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, 13(9), 538-539.
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