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Thrombolytic Therapy in a Patient With Suspected Pulmonary Embolism and a Negative CTPA. An Unsuspected Outcome.
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PMID:  21255493     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
We report a case of a 62-year-old male who presented to our intensive care unit with hypoxemia six hours after retinal surgery. He had a negative computed tomography pulmonary angiogram (CTPA) but an echocardiogram done emergently revealed McConnell's sign. He was thrombolysed and had rapid improvement in oxygenation and hemodynamics. Thrombolysis in hemodynamically unstable pulmonary embolism (PE) is not controversial, but most algorithms require confirmation of the diagnosis. Our patient had a negative CTPA but was thrombolysed based on the clinical picture. Autopsy confirmed the diagnosis of multiple pulmonary emboli and unexpectedly discovered a patent foramen ovale (PFO) that explained paradoxical embolism to the brain.
Urvashi Vaid; Michael Baram; Paul E Marik
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-1-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiratory care     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0020-1324     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
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Created Date:  2011-1-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7510357     Medline TA:  Respir Care     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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