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Massive pulmonary embolism: percutaneous emergency treatment using an aspirex thrombectomy catheter.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19727938     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Massive pulmonary embolism (PE) is a life-threatening condition with a high early mortality rate caused by acute right ventricular failure and cardiogenic shock. A 51-year-old woman with a massive PE and contraindication for thrombolytic therapy was treated with percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy using an Aspirex 11F catheter (Straub Medical AG, Wangs, Switzerland). The procedure was successfully performed and showed a good immediate angiographic result. The patient made a full recovery from the acute episode and was discharged on heparin treatment. Our case report indicates that in patients with contraindications to systemic thrombolysis, catheter thrombectomy may constitute a life-saving intervention for massive PE.
Peter Popovic; Matjaz Bunc
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2009-08-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cardiovascular and interventional radiology     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1432-086X     ISO Abbreviation:  Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-07     Completed Date:  2011-01-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003538     Medline TA:  Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1052-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Radiology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Zaloska, 7-1525, Slovenia.
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MeSH Terms
Angiography / methods
Emergency Treatment
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Pulmonary Embolism / radiography*,  surgery*
Risk Assessment
Severity of Illness Index
Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive / methods
Thrombectomy / instrumentation*,  methods
Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods
Treatment Outcome

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