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Mildly symptomatic pulmonary emboli associated with electrophysiologic procedures. Indications for anticoagulant use.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7988228     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Symptomatic pulmonary emboli complicating electrophysiologic procedures are uncommon. Asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic embolic are likely much more common. This case report highlights the problem of extensive, but mildly symptomatic, pulmonary emboli occurring as a complication of electrophysiologic procedures, including catheter ablation. The role of anticoagulation during and following electrophysiologic procedures in preventing pulmonary emboli (which can have long-term sequelae) is unknown. Currently, there appears to be no consensus regarding the use of anticoagulants either during or following electrophysiologic procedures, including those involving catheter ablation. Based on the presumed frequency and potential long-term complications of pulmonary emboli, anticoagulation during electrophysiologic procedures should be recommended.
E Hockstad; C C Gornick
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chest     Volume:  106     ISSN:  0012-3692     ISO Abbreviation:  Chest     Publication Date:  1994 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-01-10     Completed Date:  1995-01-10     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0231335     Medline TA:  Chest     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1908-11     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Cardiology Section, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis.
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MeSH Terms
Anticoagulants / therapeutic use*
Cardiac Pacing, Artificial / adverse effects*
Catheter Ablation / adverse effects*
Lung / radionuclide imaging
Pulmonary Embolism / drug therapy*,  etiology*,  radionuclide imaging
Tachycardia, Atrioventricular Nodal Reentry / therapy
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