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  1. Acute pulmonary embolism in helical computed tomography

    Pulmonary embolism is a common condition in which diagnostic and therapeutic delays contribute to substantial morbidity and mortality. Clinical diagnosis is difficult because the signs and symptoms re unspecific, and a differential diagnosis is extensive, including pneumonia or bronchitis, asthma, myocardial infraction, pulmonary edema, anxiety, dissection of the aorta, pericardial tamponade, lung cancer, primary pulmonary hypertension, rib fracture, and pneumothorax. The purpose of the study was to present the use of CT in diagnosing acute pulmonary embolism. A group of 23 patients with clinically suspected pulmonary embolism underwent CT examination with a helical CT scanner (Somatom Emotion, Siemens) before and after administration of 150 ml of Ultravist. Pulmonary embolism was found in the CT examinations of 13 patients. In two of these it was a central filling defect. Amputation of the artery was found in one. Parietal filling defect in three patients formed an acute angle with the vessel walls. Saddle emboli appearing as filling defects in the contrast column that hung over vessel bifurcations was found in two patients. In five patients,emboli were found in small segmental arteries. CT provides information not only on the pulmonary arteries, but also on the lung parenchyma, hila, mediastinum, and the heart. Alternative findings may be identified by CT chest examination, stablishing alternative diagnoses, including pulmonary disorders (such as pneumonia or fibrosis), pleural abnormalities, and cardiovascular disease (such as aortic dissection or pericardial tamponade). Another advantage of the CT is its widespread availability.(author)

  2. Acute pulmonary embolism: the clinical conundrum

    WANG Zeng-li

    2012-01-01

    Despite important advances in the diagnosis and treatment of acute pulmonary embolism (APE),assessment of risk and appropriate management of patients remains a difficult task in clinical practice.In addition to hemodynamic instability and critically clinical condition,acute right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) is a major determinant of in-hospital outcomes.The purpose of this review is to discuss the results of these recent developments.Some outcome evaluation,clinical assessment,and therapeutic implications are also included.

  3. Acute pulmonary embolism following air travel

    Ledermann, J. A.; Keshavarzian, Ali

    1983-01-01

    Three cases of pulmonary embolism following long air flight are described. There was no previous history of venous disease. The symptoms were transient in one and severe in two. The occurrence of pulmonary embolism immediately after air travel is emphasized.

  4. Multidetector computed tomography pulmonary angiography in childhood acute pulmonary embolism

    Pulmonary embolism is a life-threatening condition affecting people of all ages. Multidetector row CT pulmonary angiography has improved the imaging of pulmonary embolism in both adults and children and is now regarded as the routine modality for detection of pulmonary embolism. Advanced CT pulmonary angiography techniques developed in recent years, such as dual-energy CT, have been applied as a one-stop modality for pulmonary embolism diagnosis in children, as they can simultaneously provide anatomical and functional information. We discuss CT pulmonary angiography techniques, common and uncommon findings of pulmonary embolism in both conventional and dual-energy CT pulmonary angiography, and radiation dose considerations. (orig.)

  5. Multidetector computed tomography pulmonary angiography in childhood acute pulmonary embolism

    Tang, Chun Xiang; Zhang, Long Jiang; Lu, Guang Ming [Medical School of Nanjing University, Department of Medical Imaging, Jinling Hospital, Nanjing, Jiangsu (China); Schoepf, U.J. [Medical School of Nanjing University, Department of Medical Imaging, Jinling Hospital, Nanjing, Jiangsu (China); Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Pediatrics, Charleston, SC (United States); Chowdhury, Shahryar M. [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Pediatrics, Charleston, SC (United States); Fox, Mary A. [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States)

    2015-09-15

    Pulmonary embolism is a life-threatening condition affecting people of all ages. Multidetector row CT pulmonary angiography has improved the imaging of pulmonary embolism in both adults and children and is now regarded as the routine modality for detection of pulmonary embolism. Advanced CT pulmonary angiography techniques developed in recent years, such as dual-energy CT, have been applied as a one-stop modality for pulmonary embolism diagnosis in children, as they can simultaneously provide anatomical and functional information. We discuss CT pulmonary angiography techniques, common and uncommon findings of pulmonary embolism in both conventional and dual-energy CT pulmonary angiography, and radiation dose considerations. (orig.)

  6. Comparative imaging study in experimental acute pulmonary embolism

    Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic characteristics of radionuclide pulmonary perfusion imaging, enhanced spiral computed tomography, and digital subtraction pulmonary angiography in acute experimental segmental pulmonary embolism (corresponding to human subsegmental pulmonary embolism). Methods: Acute pulmonary embolism model was established in thirteen Chinese small type pigs by injecting glutin embolus (the diameter of the embolus was 3.8 to 4.2 mm) into pulmonary artery via jugular vein, and then radionuclide pulmonary perfusion imaging, enhanced spiral computed tomography and digital subtraction pulmonary angiography were performed. The results of sensitivity and specificity of three kinds of imaging methods were compared with the pathological findings. Results: Out of 195 segmental pulmonary arteries, abnormalities were found in forty-six segmental pulmonary arteries by pathological study. Abnormalities were detected in fifty-one segmental pulmonary arteries by pulmonary perfusion imaging, with sensitivity of 87%, specificity 93%. Filling defect was demonstrated in forty-four segmental pulmonary arteries by enhanced spiral computed tomography, with sensitivity of 63%, specificity 89%. Abnormalities were displayed in forty-seven segmental pulmonary arteries by digital subtraction pulmonary angiography, with sensitivity of 98%, specificity 99%. Pulmonary perfusion imaging was superior to enhanced spiral computed tomography (P0.05). Conclusions: Pulmonary perfusion imaging is a noninvasive technique for diagnosis of pulmonary embolism which is superior to enhanced spiral computed tomography in detecting of experimental acute segmental pulmonary embolism (corresponding to human subsegmental pulmonary embolism), but the localization of embolus is more accurate by enhanced spiral computed tomography. Combination of three kinds of imaging methods may significantly improve the diagnostic accuracy for pulmonary embolism

  7. Negative spiral CT in acute pulmonary embolism

    Purpose: To retrospectively evaluate the clinical outcome of non-anticoagulated patients with clinically suspected acute pulmonary embolism (PE) and no symptoms or signs of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) following a negative contrast medium-enhanced spiral CT of the pulmonary arteries (s-CTPA). Material and Methods: During a 24-month period, 739 of 751 patients underwent s-CTPA with acceptable diagnostic quality for clinically suspected acute PE. All patients who had a CT study not positive for PE were followed up with a questionnaire, a telephone interview and review of all medical reports, including autopsies and death certificates for any episodes of venous thromboembolism (VTE) during a 3-month period. Results: PE was diagnosed in 158 patients. Of the remaining 581 patients with a negative s-CTPA, 45 patients were lost to follow-up. 88 patients were excluded because of anticoagulation treatment (cardiac disorder n=32, chronic VTE or acute symptomatic DVT n=31, PE diagnosed at pulmonary angiography n=1, thrombus prophylaxis during diagnostic work-up or other reasons than VTE n=24) and 7 patients undergoing lower extremity venous studies because of symptoms of DVT (all negative). Thus, 441 patients with a negative s-CTPA and no DVT symptoms, venous studies or anticoagulant treatment constituted the follow-up cohort. Four of these patients had proven VTE (all PE) during the 3-month follow-up period. Two of the PE episodes contributed to the patient's death. Conclusion: Patients with clinically suspected acute PE, no symptoms or signs of DVT and a negative single slice s-CTPA using 3-5 mm collimation, may safely be left without anticoagulation treatment unless they are critically ill, have a limited cardiopulmonary reserve and/or if a high clinical suspicion remains

  8. Computed tomography of acute pulmonary embolism: state-of-the-art

    Zhang, Long Jiang; Lu, Guang Ming [Medical School of Nanjing University, Department of Medical Imaging, Jinling Hospital, Nanjing, Jiangsu (China); Meinel, Felix G.; McQuiston, Andrew D.; Ravenel, James G. [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); Schoepf, U.J. [Medical School of Nanjing University, Department of Medical Imaging, Jinling Hospital, Nanjing, Jiangsu (China); Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States)

    2015-09-15

    Multidetector computed tomography (CT) plays an important role in the detection, risk stratification and prognosis evaluation of acute pulmonary embolism. This review will discuss the technical improvements for imaging peripheral pulmonary arteries, the methods of assessing pulmonary embolism severity based on CT findings, a multidetector CT technique for pulmonary embolism detection, and lastly, how to avoid overutilization of CT pulmonary angiography and overdiagnosis of pulmonary embolism. (orig.)

  9. Acute pulmonary embolism. Part 1: epidemiology and diagnosis

    R.A. Douma; P.W. Kamphuisen; H.R. Büller

    2010-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a frequently occurring, acute, and potentially fatal condition. Numerous risk factors for PE, both inherited and acquired, have been identified. Adequate diagnosis is mandatory to prevent PE-related morbidity and mortality on the one hand, and unnecessary treatment on the

  10. Acute pulmonary embolism. Part 1: Epidemiology and diagnosis

    Douma, Renée A.; Kamphuisen, Pieter W.; Büller, Harry R.

    2010-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a frequently occurring, acute, and potentially fatal condition. Numerous risk factors for PE, both inherited and acquired, have been identified. Adequate diagnosis is mandatory to prevent PE-related morbidity and mortality on the one hand, and unnecessary treatment on the

  11. Acute pulmonary embolism%急性肺栓塞

    Giancarlo Agnelli, M.D.; Cecilia Becattini, M.D., Ph.D.; 傅琳

    2010-01-01

    @@ 急性肺栓塞(acute pulmonary embolism, APE)的临床表现范围从休克(shock)或持续性低血压(sustained hypotension)到轻度呼吸困难(dyspnea).肺栓塞(pulmonary embolism)甚至有可能是无症状的,并且是在基于其他目的而实施的影像学操作中被诊断出来.APE的病死率范围从60%到<1%,取决于临床表现[1].抗凝是肺栓塞治疗的基础.

  12. Pulmonary embolism

    Pulmonary embolism is a common medical problem whose incidence is likely to increase in our aging population. Although it is life-threatening, effective therapy exists. The treatment is not, however, without significant complications. Thus, accurate diagnosis is important. Unfortunately, the clinical manifestations of pulmonary embolism are nonspecific. Furthermore, in many patients the symptoms of an acute embolism are superimposed on underlying chronic heart or lung disease. Thus, a high index of suspicion is needed to identify pulmonary emboli. Laboratory parameters, including arterial oxygen tensions and electrocardiography, are as nonspecific as the clinical signs. They may be more useful in excluding another process than in diagnosing pulmonary embolism. The first radiologic examination is the chest radiograph, but the clinical symptoms are frequently out of proportion to the findings on the chest films. Classic manifestations of pulmonary embolism on the chest radiograph include a wedge-shaped peripheral opacity and a segmental or lobar diminution in vascularity with prominent central arteries. However, these findings are not commonly seen and, even when present, are not specific. Even less specific findings include cardiomegaly, pulmonary infiltrate, elevation of a hemidiaphragm, and pleural effusion. Many patients with pulmonary embolism may have a normal chest radiograph. The chest radiograph is essential, however, for two purposes. First, it may identify another cause of the patient's symptoms, such as a rib fracture, dissecting aortic aneurysm, or pneumothorax. Second, a chest radiograph is essential to interpretation of the radionuclide V/Q scan. The perfusion scan accurately reflects the perfusion of the lung. However, a perfusion defect may result from a variety of etiologies. Any process such as vascular stenosis or compression by tumor may restrict blood flow. 84 references

  13. The Role of Ischemia Modified Albumin in Acute Pulmonary Embolism

    Zeynettin Kaya; M Kayrak; Gul, E. E.; G Altunbas; A Toker; Kiyici, A; M. Gunduz; Alibaşiç, H.; H Akilli; A Aribas

    2014-01-01

    Background: Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a life-threatening and a relatively common cardiovascular pathology. Although the pathogenesis of PE is well defined, there is no ideal diagnostic biochemical marker. Previous studies showed an increased ischemia modified albumin (IMA) levels in acute PE; however, the relationship between IMA and right ventricular (RV) dysfunction has not been examined. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of IMA and the relationship with RV d...

  14. Pulmonary Embolism.

    Rali, Parth; Gandhi, Viral; Malik, Khalid

    2016-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism covers a wide spectrum of presentation from an asymptomatic individual to a life-threatening medical emergency. It is of paramount importance to appropriately risk stratify patients with pulmonary embolism, particularly with those who present without hypotension. Right ventricular dysfunction can evolve after a patient has received a diagnosis of pulmonary embolism, necessitating aggressive measures rather than simple anticoagulation. In this review, we discuss definition, risk stratification, pathogenesis, diagnostic approach, and management, with particular focus on massive pulmonary embolism. PMID:26919674

  15. Clinical Presentation of Acute Pulmonary Embolism: Survey of 800 Cases

    Miniati, M.; Cenci, C; Monti, S; D. Poli

    2012-01-01

    Background Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common and potentially fatal disease that is still underdiagnosed. The objective of our study was to reappraise the clinical presentation of PE with emphasis on the identification of the symptoms and signs that prompt the patients to seek medical attention. Methodology/Principal Findings We studied 800 patients with PE from two different clinical settings: 440 were recruited in Pisa (Italy) as part of the Prospective Investigative Study of Acute Pulmona...

  16. MDCT for the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism

    Schaefer-Prokop, C. [Dept. of Radiology, Academic Medical Center (AMC), Univ. of Amsterdam (Netherlands); Prokop, M. [Dept. of Radiology, Utrecht Medical Center (UMC), Univ. of Utrecht (Netherlands)

    2005-11-15

    With the advent of multidetector CT, pulmonary CT angiography (MD-CTPA) has substantially gained in spatial resolution and is the accepted method of choice to diagnose and rule out acute pulmonary embolism down to the subsegmental level. This article review means to optimize scanning technique and contrast injection protocols dependent on the scanner type used. It summarizes recent publications on the performance of MD-CTPA with special emphasis on the diagnostic accuracy, interpretation and clinical role of (isolated) peripheral emboli. Diagnostic algorithms are outlined that describe the role of CT in context with the pretest probability, the D-Dimer, lower limb sonography and scintigraphy. (orig.)

  17. [Acute massive pulmonary embolism in a patient using clavis panax].

    Yüksel, Isa Oner; Arslan, Sakir; Cağırcı, Göksel; Yılmaz, Akar

    2013-06-01

    In recent years, the use of herbal combinations, plant extracts or food supplements has increased in our country and all over the world. However, there is not enough data to determine the effective doses of these substances in the composition of herbal preparations, or their effects on metabolism and drug interactions. With the widespread use of herbal combinations, life-threatening side effects and clinical manifestations that arise from them have been reported. Herein we present a case with acute massive pulmonary embolism while using an herbal combination in the context of Tribulus terrestris, Avena sativa and Panax ginseng. A 41-year-old man was admitted to the emergency department with the complaint of sudden onset of dyspnea and syncope. As a result of investigations (blood gases, echocardiography, ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy) he was diagnosed with an acute massive pulmonary embolism. The patient's use of panax did not pose as a risk factor for the pulmonary embolism. He was given thrombolytic therapy and shortness of breath improved. At the pre-discharge the patient was informed of the risks associated with the herbal combination, especially panax. Coumadin was started and he was discharged for the INR checks to come. PMID:23760126

  18. CT pulmonary angiography findings that predict 30-day mortality in patients with acute pulmonary embolism

    Bach, Andreas Gunter, E-mail: mail@andreas-bach.de [Department of Radiology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Ernst-Grube-Str. 40, 06120 Halle (Germany); Nansalmaa, Baasai; Kranz, Johanna [Department of Radiology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Ernst-Grube-Str. 40, 06120 Halle (Germany); Taute, Bettina-Maria [Department of Internal Medicine, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Ernst-Grube-Str. 40, 06120 Halle (Germany); Wienke, Andreas [Institute of Medical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Informatics, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Magdeburger-Str. 8, 06112 Halle (Germany); Schramm, Dominik; Surov, Alexey [Department of Radiology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Ernst-Grube-Str. 40, 06120 Halle (Germany)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • In patients with acute pulmonary embolism contrast reflux in inferior vena cava is significantly stronger in non-survivors (odds ratio 3.29; p < 0.001). • This finding is independent from the following comorbidities: heart insufficiency and pulmonary hypertension. • Measurement of contrast reflux is a new and robust radiologic method for predicting 30-day mortality in patients with acute pulmonary embolism. • Measurement of contrast reflux is a better predictor of 30-day mortality after acute pulmonary embolism than any other existing radiologic predictor. This includes thrombus distribution, and morphometric measurements of right ventricular dysfunction. - Abstract: Purpose: Standard computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) can be used to diagnose acute pulmonary embolism. In addition, multiple findings at CTPA have been proposed as potential tools for risk stratification. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to examine the prognostic value of (I) thrombus distribution, (II) morphometric parameters of right ventricular dysfunction, and (III) contrast reflux in inferior vena cava on 30-day mortality. Material and methods: In a retrospective, single-center study from 06/2005 to 01/2010 365 consecutive patients were included. Inclusion criteria were: presence of acute pulmonary embolism, and availability of 30-day follow-up. A review of patient charts and images was performed. Results: There were no significant differences between the group of 326 survivors and 39 non-survivors in (I) thrombus distribution, and (II) morphometric measurements of right ventricular dysfunction. However, (III) contrast reflux in inferior vena cava was significantly stronger in non-survivors (odds ratio 3.29; p < 0.001). Results were independent from comorbidities like heart insufficiency and pulmonary hypertension. Conclusion: Measurement of contrast reflux is a new and robust method for predicting 30-day mortality in patients with acute pulmonary

  19. CT pulmonary angiography findings that predict 30-day mortality in patients with acute pulmonary embolism

    Highlights: • In patients with acute pulmonary embolism contrast reflux in inferior vena cava is significantly stronger in non-survivors (odds ratio 3.29; p < 0.001). • This finding is independent from the following comorbidities: heart insufficiency and pulmonary hypertension. • Measurement of contrast reflux is a new and robust radiologic method for predicting 30-day mortality in patients with acute pulmonary embolism. • Measurement of contrast reflux is a better predictor of 30-day mortality after acute pulmonary embolism than any other existing radiologic predictor. This includes thrombus distribution, and morphometric measurements of right ventricular dysfunction. - Abstract: Purpose: Standard computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) can be used to diagnose acute pulmonary embolism. In addition, multiple findings at CTPA have been proposed as potential tools for risk stratification. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to examine the prognostic value of (I) thrombus distribution, (II) morphometric parameters of right ventricular dysfunction, and (III) contrast reflux in inferior vena cava on 30-day mortality. Material and methods: In a retrospective, single-center study from 06/2005 to 01/2010 365 consecutive patients were included. Inclusion criteria were: presence of acute pulmonary embolism, and availability of 30-day follow-up. A review of patient charts and images was performed. Results: There were no significant differences between the group of 326 survivors and 39 non-survivors in (I) thrombus distribution, and (II) morphometric measurements of right ventricular dysfunction. However, (III) contrast reflux in inferior vena cava was significantly stronger in non-survivors (odds ratio 3.29; p < 0.001). Results were independent from comorbidities like heart insufficiency and pulmonary hypertension. Conclusion: Measurement of contrast reflux is a new and robust method for predicting 30-day mortality in patients with acute pulmonary

  20. [Pulmonary embolism].

    Söffker, Gerold; Kluge, Stefan

    2015-01-01

    Acute pulmonary embolism is an important differential diagnosis of acute chest pain. The clinical signs are often non-specific. However, diagnosis and therapy must be done quickly in order to reduce morbidity and mortality. The new (2014) European guidelines for acute pulmonary embolism (PE) focus on risk-adapted diagnostic algorithms and prognosis adapted therapy concepts. According to the hemodynamic presentation the division in a high-risk group (unstable patient with persistent hypotension or shock) or in non-high-risk groups (hemodynamically stable) was proposed. In the high-risk group the immediate diagnosis is usually done by multidetector spiral computed tomography (MDCT) and primarily the medical therapy of right ventricular dysfunction and thrombolysis is recommended.In the non-high-risk group, this is subdivided into an intermediate-risk group and low-risk group, the diagnosis algorithm based on the PE-pretest probability--determined by validated scores. Moreover, the diagnosis is usually secured by MDCT--the new gold standard in the PE-diagnosis, scores, or it can be primarily ruled out due to the high negative predictive value of D-dimer determination. To improve the prognostic risk stratification in non-high-risk group patients the additional detection of right ventricular dysfunction (MDCT, echocardiography), cardiac biomarkers (troponin, NT proBNP) and validated scores (e.g. Pulmonary Embolism Severity Index) is recommended. Therefore, the intermediate-risk group can be further subdivided. For treatment of non-high-risk group patients, the initial anticoagulation (except those with severe renal insufficiency) using low molecular weight heparin/fondaparinux and conversion to vitamin-K antagonists or alternatively with direct oral anticoagulants (DOAK) is recommended. Hemodynamically stable patients with right ventricular dysfunction and myocardial ischemia (Intermediate-high-risk group patients) but with clinically progressive hemodynamic

  1. The Role of ischemia modified albumin in acute pulmonary embolism

    Zeynettin Kaya

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Acute pulmonary embolism (PE is a life-threatening and a relatively common cardiovascular pathology. Although the pathogenesis of PE is well defined, there is no ideal diagnostic biochemical marker. Previous studies showed an increased ischemia modified albumin (IMA levels in acute PE; however, the relationship between IMA and right ventricular (RV dysfunction has not been examined. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of IMA and the relationship with RV dysfunction in acute PE. Materials and Methods : A total of 145 patients (70 females with suspected acute PE was enrolled to the study. Eighty-nine patients were diagnosed with acute PE via computed tomographic pulmonary angiography. Sixty-five patients with similar demographic and clinical characteristics were assigned to the control group. All patients were evaluated for RV dysfunction using transthoracic echocardiography. Results: Serum IMA levels were significantly increased in acute PE compared with control group (0.41 ± 0.06 vs. 0.34 ± 0.11, P = 0.001. There was no relationship between serum IMA levels and RV dysfunction. IMA levels were positively correlated with shock index and heart rate. Receiver operating curve analysis demonstrated that serum IMA levels higher than 0.4 put the diagnosis at sensitivity of 53.85% and at specificity of 85.96%. Conclusions: Although IMA levels are increased in patients with acute PE, it failed to predict RV dysfunction.

  2. Anticoagulant treatment for acute pulmonary embolism: a pathophysiology-based clinical approach.

    Agnelli, Giancarlo; Becattini, Cecilia

    2015-04-01

    The management of patients with acute pulmonary embolism is made challenging by its wide spectrum of clinical presentation and outcome, which is mainly related to patient haemodynamic status and right ventricular overload. Mechanical embolic obstruction and neurohumorally mediated pulmonary vasoconstriction are responsible for right ventricular overload. The pathophysiology of acute pulmonary embolism is the basis for risk stratification of patients as being at high, intermediate and low risk of adverse outcomes. This risk stratification has been advocated to tailor clinical management according to the severity of pulmonary embolism. Anticoagulation is the mainstay of the treatment of acute pulmonary embolism. New direct oral anticoagulants, which are easier to use than conventional anticoagulants, have been compared with conventional anticoagulation in five randomised clinical trials including >11 000 patients with pulmonary embolism. Patients at high risk of pulmonary embolism (those with haemodynamic compromise) were excluded from these studies. Direct oral anticoagulants have been shown to be as effective and at least as safe as conventional anticoagulation in patients with pulmonary embolism without haemodynamic compromise, who are the majority of patients with this disease. Whether these agents are appropriate for the acute-phase treatment of patients at intermediate-high risk pulmonary embolism (those with both right ventricle dysfunction and injury) regardless of any risk stratification remains undefined. PMID:25700388

  3. Acute pulmonary embolism during an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography

    Nate P Painter

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A 76-year-old female patient presented for an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP for the removal of a biliary stent and lithotripsy. During the procedure, an acute drop in the end-tidal CO 2 , followed by cardiovascular collapse prompted the initiation of the advanced cardiac life support protocol. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE demonstrated direct evidence of pulmonary embolism. The patient was promptly treated with thrombolytic therapy and subsequently discharged home on oral warfarin therapy, with no noted sequelae. Although, there have been case reports of air embolism during an ERCP presenting with cardiovascular collapse, to the best of our knowledge, there are no reported cases of acute pulmonary embolus during this procedure. While the availability of TEE in the operating suites is quite common, quick access and interpretation capabilities in remote locations may not be as common. With the expansion of anesthesia services outside of the operating rooms, it may be prudent to develop rapid response systems that incorporate resources such as TEE and trained personnel to deal with such emergent situations.

  4. Acute pulmonary embolism during an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography.

    Painter, Nate P; Kumar, Priya A; Arora, Harendra

    2014-01-01

    A 76-year-old female patient presented for an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) for the removal of a biliary stent and lithotripsy. During the procedure, an acute drop in the end-tidal CO 2 , followed by cardiovascular collapse prompted the initiation of the advanced cardiac life support protocol. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) demonstrated direct evidence of pulmonary embolism. The patient was promptly treated with thrombolytic therapy and subsequently discharged home on oral warfarin therapy, with no noted sequelae. Although, there have been case reports of air embolism during an ERCP presenting with cardiovascular collapse, to the best of our knowledge, there are no reported cases of acute pulmonary embolus during this procedure. While the availability of TEE in the operating suites is quite common, quick access and interpretation capabilities in remote locations may not be as common. With the expansion of anesthesia services outside of the operating rooms, it may be prudent to develop rapid response systems that incorporate resources such as TEE and trained personnel to deal with such emergent situations. PMID:24732617

  5. Surgical treatment of acute pulmonary embolism--a 12-year retrospective analysis

    Lehnert, Per; Møller, Christian H; Carlsen, Jørn;

    2012-01-01

    Surgical embolectomy for acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is considered to be a high risk procedure and therefore a last treatment option. We wanted to evaluate the procedures role in modern treatment of acute PE.......Surgical embolectomy for acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is considered to be a high risk procedure and therefore a last treatment option. We wanted to evaluate the procedures role in modern treatment of acute PE....

  6. [Acute pulmonary embolism: beware of the wolf in sheep's clothing].

    Klok, Frederikus A; Vahl, Jelmer E; Huisman, Menno V; van Dijkman, Paul R M

    2012-01-01

    Two male patients aged 57 and 73 were referred to the cardiologist because of progressive dyspnoea. In one patient, the general practitioner had previously adopted an expectative policy because of a clean chest X-ray. At presentation after 4 weeks, the patient was diagnosed with and treated for acute coronary syndrome because of minor ECG abnormalities. Additional CT scanning showed a large saddle embolus. Despite adequate treatment, the patient suffered an electrical asystole and died. The other patient underwent ECG, bicycle ergometry, MRI adenosine, echocardiography and lung function tests over a period of 5 weeks before pulmonary embolism (PE) was diagnosed. As the signs and symptoms of PE are largely non-specific, diagnostic delay is common, with risk of poor clinical outcome. PE should at least be considered whenever a patient presents with acute or worsening breathlessness, chest pain, circulatory collapse or coughing, particularly in the presence of known thrombotic risk factors or when there is no clear alternative. PMID:22296892

  7. Investigating suspected acute pulmonary embolism - what are hospital clinicians thinking?

    McQueen, A.S. [Department of Radiology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne (United Kingdom)], E-mail: andrewmcqueen7@hotmail.com; Worthy, S. [Department of Radiology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne (United Kingdom); Keir, M.J. [Department of Medical Physics, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne (United Kingdom)

    2008-06-15

    Aims: To assess local clinical knowledge of the appropriate investigation of suspected acute pulmonary embolism (PE) and this compare with the 2003 British Thoracic Society (BTS) guidelines as a national reference standard. Methods: A clinical questionnaire was produced based on the BTS guidelines. One hundred and eight-six participants completed the questionnaires at educational sessions for clinicians of all grades, within a single NHS Trust. The level of experience amongst participants ranged from final year medical students to consultant physicians. Results: The clinicians were divided into four groups based on seniority: Pre-registration, Junior, Middle, and Senior. Forty-six point eight percent of all the clinicians correctly identified three major risk factors for PE and 25.8% recognized the definition of the recommended clinical probability score from two alternatives. Statements regarding the sensitivity of isotope lung imaging and computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) received correct responses from 41.4 and 43% of participants, respectively, whilst 81.2% recognized that an indeterminate ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy (V/Q) study requires further imaging. The majority of clinicians correctly answered three clinical scenario questions regarding use of D-dimers and imaging (78, 85, and 57.5%). There was no statistically significant difference between the four groups for any of the eight questions. Conclusions: The recommended clinical probability score was unfamiliar to all four groups of clinicians in the present study, and the majority of doctors did not agree that a negative CTPA or isotope lung scintigraphy reliably excluded PE. However, questions based on clinical scenarios received considerably higher rates of correct responses. The results indicate that various aspects of the national guidelines on suspected acute pulmonary embolism are unfamiliar to many UK hospital clinicians. Further research is needed to identify methods to improve

  8. Investigating suspected acute pulmonary embolism - what are hospital clinicians thinking?

    Aims: To assess local clinical knowledge of the appropriate investigation of suspected acute pulmonary embolism (PE) and this compare with the 2003 British Thoracic Society (BTS) guidelines as a national reference standard. Methods: A clinical questionnaire was produced based on the BTS guidelines. One hundred and eight-six participants completed the questionnaires at educational sessions for clinicians of all grades, within a single NHS Trust. The level of experience amongst participants ranged from final year medical students to consultant physicians. Results: The clinicians were divided into four groups based on seniority: Pre-registration, Junior, Middle, and Senior. Forty-six point eight percent of all the clinicians correctly identified three major risk factors for PE and 25.8% recognized the definition of the recommended clinical probability score from two alternatives. Statements regarding the sensitivity of isotope lung imaging and computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) received correct responses from 41.4 and 43% of participants, respectively, whilst 81.2% recognized that an indeterminate ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy (V/Q) study requires further imaging. The majority of clinicians correctly answered three clinical scenario questions regarding use of D-dimers and imaging (78, 85, and 57.5%). There was no statistically significant difference between the four groups for any of the eight questions. Conclusions: The recommended clinical probability score was unfamiliar to all four groups of clinicians in the present study, and the majority of doctors did not agree that a negative CTPA or isotope lung scintigraphy reliably excluded PE. However, questions based on clinical scenarios received considerably higher rates of correct responses. The results indicate that various aspects of the national guidelines on suspected acute pulmonary embolism are unfamiliar to many UK hospital clinicians. Further research is needed to identify methods to improve

  9. Value of the ventilation/perfusion scan in acute pulmonary embolism: Results of the prospective investigation of pulmonary embolism diagnosis (PIOPED)

    To determine the sensitivities and specificities of ventilation/perfusion lung scans for acute pulmonary embolism, a random sample of 933 of 1,493 patients was studied prospectively. Nine hundred thirty-one underwent scintigraphy and 755 underwent pulmonary angiography; 251 (33%) of 755 demonstrated pulmonary embolism. Almost all patients with pulmonary embolism had abnormal scans of high, intermediate, or low probability, but so did most without pulmonary embolism. Of 116 patients with high-probability scans and definitive angiograms, 102 (88%) had pulmonary embolism, but only a minority with pulmonary embolism had high-probability scans. Of 322 with intermediate-probability scans and definitive angiograms, 105 (33%) had pulmonary embolism. Follow-up and angiography together suggest pulmonary embolism occurred among 12% of patients with low-probability scans. Clinical assessment combined with the ventilation/perfusion scan established the diagnosis or exclusion of pulmonary embolism only for a minority of patients--those with clear and concordant clinical and ventilation/perfusion scan findings

  10. Severity assessment of acute pulmonary embolism: evaluation using helical CT

    The objective was to evaluate the helical CT (HCT) criteria that could indicate severe pulmonary embolism (PE). In a retrospective study, 81 patients (mean age 62 years) with clinical suspicion of PE explored by HCT were studied. The patients were separated into three different groups according to clinical severity and treatment decisions: group SPE included patients with severe PE based on clinical data who were treated by fibrinolysis or embolectomy (n=20); group NSPE included patients with non-severe PE who received heparin (n=30); and group WPE included patients without PE (n=31). For each patient we calculated a vascular obstruction index based on the site of obstruction and the degree of occlusion in the pulmonary artery. We noted the HCT signs, i.e., cardiac and pulmonary artery dimensions, that could indicate acute cor pulmonale. According to multivariate analysis, factors significantly correlated with the severity of PE were: the vascular obstruction index (group SPE: 54%; group NSPE: 24%; p<0.001); the maximum minor axis of the left ventricle (group SPE: 30.2 mm; group NSPE: 40.4 mm; p<0.001); the diameter of the central pulmonary artery (group SPE: 32.4 mm; group NSPE: 28.3 mm; p<0.001); the maximum minor axis of the right ventricle (group SPE: 47.5 mm; group NSPE: 42.7 mm; p=0.029); the right ventricle/left ventricle minor axis ratio (group SPE: 1.63; group NSPE: 1.09; p<0.0001). Our data suggest that hemodynamic severity of PE can be assessed on HCT scans by measuring four main criteria: the vascular obstruction index; the minimum diameter of the left ventricle; the RV:LV ratio; and the diameter of the central pulmonary artery. (orig.)

  11. Clinical presentation of acute pulmonary embolism: survey of 800 cases.

    Massimo Miniati

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism (PE is a common and potentially fatal disease that is still underdiagnosed. The objective of our study was to reappraise the clinical presentation of PE with emphasis on the identification of the symptoms and signs that prompt the patients to seek medical attention. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We studied 800 patients with PE from two different clinical settings: 440 were recruited in Pisa (Italy as part of the Prospective Investigative Study of Acute Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis (PISAPED; 360 were diagnosed with and treated for PE in seven hospitals of central Tuscany, and evaluated at the Atherothrombotic Disorders Unit, Firenze (Italy, shortly after hospital discharge. We interviewed the patients directly using a standardized, self-administered questionnaire originally utilized in the PISAPED. The two samples differed significantly as regards age, proportion of outpatients, prevalence of unprovoked PE, and of active cancer. Sudden onset dyspnea was the most frequent symptom in both samples (81 and 78%, followed by chest pain (56 and 39%, fainting or syncope (26 and 22%, and hemoptysis (7 and 5%. At least one of the above symptoms was reported by 756 (94% of 800 patients. Isolated symptoms and signs of deep vein thrombosis occurred in 3% of the cases. Only 7 (1% of 800 patients had no symptoms before PE was diagnosed. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Most patients with PE feature at least one of four symptoms which, in decreasing order of frequency, are sudden onset dyspnea, chest pain, fainting (or syncope, and hemoptysis. The occurrence of such symptoms, if not explained otherwise, should alert the clinicians to consider PE in differential diagnosis, and order the appropriate objective test.

  12. Cross sectional Doppler echocardiography as the initial technique for the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism.

    Cheriex, E. C.; Sreeram, N.; Eussen, Y F; Pieters, F A; Wellens, H J

    1994-01-01

    OBJECTIVE--To determine the value of cross sectional Doppler echocardiography and derived indices of right ventricular pressure and function in the initial diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. BACKGROUND--Most deaths from acute pulmonary embolism occur because of a delay in diagnosis. Ventilation-perfusion scans are not sufficiently sensitive, whereas angiography is invasive and associated with complications. The use of cross sectional Doppler echocardiography to assess acute changes in right ven...

  13. Spiral CT in the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism

    Hartmann, I.J.C.; Prokop, M. [Univ. Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht (Netherlands)

    2002-07-01

    The traditional approach in patients with clinically suspected pulmonary embolism includes ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy as the first step. This relatively fast and noninvasive technique allows diagnosis or exclusion of pulmonary embolism in a considerable proportion of patients. However, depending on the patient group and evaluation criteria, the results of the V/Q lung scan are nondiagnostic in 40 to 70% of cases. Further testing is needed because pulmonary embolism will be present in only about a quarter of these patients. In order to find a non-invasive strategy for the diagnostic work-up of PE, several promising developments have been made, e.g. D-dimer analysis and spiral CT angiography. Both techniques are fast, noninvasive, and easy to perform and are now conquering the medical world. In this overview we will focus on Spiral CT: what is its role now and what might be expected in the near future? (orig.)

  14. Spiral CT in the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism

    The traditional approach in patients with clinically suspected pulmonary embolism includes ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy as the first step. This relatively fast and noninvasive technique allows diagnosis or exclusion of pulmonary embolism in a considerable proportion of patients. However, depending on the patient group and evaluation criteria, the results of the V/Q lung scan are nondiagnostic in 40 to 70% of cases. Further testing is needed because pulmonary embolism will be present in only about a quarter of these patients. In order to find a non-invasive strategy for the diagnostic work-up of PE, several promising developments have been made, e.g. D-dimer analysis and spiral CT angiography. Both techniques are fast, noninvasive, and easy to perform and are now conquering the medical world. In this overview we will focus on Spiral CT: what is its role now and what might be expected in the near future? (orig.)

  15. Pulmonary embolism with acute pancreatitis: A case report and literature review

    Qing Zhang; Qing-Xia Zhang; Xiao-Ping Tan; Wei-Zheng Wang; Chang-Hua He; Li Xu; Xiao-Xia Huang

    2012-01-01

    Acute pancreatitis is an inflammatory disease characterized by local tissue injury which can trigger a systemic inflammatory response. So vascular complications of pancreatitis are a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Pulmonary embolism in acute pancreatitis has been reported to be very rare. We reported a case of pulmonary embolism with acute pancreatitis. A 38-year-old woman broke out upper abdomen pain without definite inducement. She had no nausea and vomiting, fever, dyspnea, cough and expectoration, chest pain. The patient had been diagnosed with acute pancreatitis in local hospital. The patient was treated with antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors, and the abdomen pain was alleviated slightly. But the patient came forth cough and expectoration with a little blood, progressive dyspnea. A computed tomographic scan of the abdomen revealed pancreatitis. Subsequent computer tomography angiography of chest revealed pulmonary embolism (both down pulmonary arteries, left pulmonary artery and branch of right pulmonary artery). Dyspnea of the patient got well with thrombolytic treatment and anti-coagulation therapy. Pulmonary embolism is a rare but potentially lethal complication of pancreatitis. Familiarity with this complication will aid in its early diagnosis, therapy and prevent pulmonary embolism, a rare but catastrophic phenomenon.

  16. Acute pulmonary embolism caused by enlarged uterine leiomyoma: A rare presentation

    Khademvatani, Kamal; Rezaei, Yousef; Kerachian, Abdollah; Seyyed-Mohammadzad, Mir Hossein; Eskandari, Ramin; Rostamzadeh, Alireza

    2014-01-01

    Patient: Female, 42 Final Diagnosis: Acute pulmonary embolism Symptoms: Chest pain • dyspnea Medication: Streptokinase • Warfarin Clinical Procedure: — Specialty: Cardiology and Neoplasm Objective: Management of emergency care Background: Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and subsequent pulmonary embolism (PE) caused by pelvic vein compression are rare and life-threatening complications of leiomyoma of the uterus. Case Report: We report a 42-year-old virgin woman with a history of leiomyoma who pr...

  17. Observations on the mechanism of hypoxaemia in acute minor pulmonary embolism.

    Burton, G H; Seed, W A; Vernon, P.

    1984-01-01

    An automated computer analysis of ventilation-perfusion lung scans was used to derive graphical data from lung scans of 11 patients with acute minor pulmonary embolism, free of pre-existing cardiorespiratory disease, and with no evidence of intrapulmonary complication or pleural effusion. In each case the analysis showed the presence of areas of lung, remote from those affected by the pulmonary embolism, that had a pathological disturbance of ventilation-perfusion matching with relative overp...

  18. [Pregnancy and acute pulmonary embolism: a case report].

    dos Santos, Luís Ferreira; Andrade, Cláudia; Rodrigues, Bruno; Moreira, Davide; Delgado, Anne; Manso, Pedro; Pipa, António; Gama, Pedro; Nunes, Luís; Dionísio, Odete; Ribeiro, Nuno; Santos, Oliveira

    2012-05-01

    We describe the case of a 37-year-old pregnant woman who presented at 29 weeks of gestation with syncope and shortness of breath caused by pulmonary embolism. Due to persistent hypotension thrombolytic therapy with tenecteplase was administered and the clinical and hemodynamic response was excellent, with no maternal or fetal hemorrhagic complications. The clinical presentation of pulmonary embolism is sometimes camouflaged by the physiological changes that occur in pregnancy and diagnosis is often delayed by reluctance to expose the fetus to ionizing radiation. Systemic thrombolysis is considered a high-risk treatment in pregnancy and very few women have received it. However the complication rates of thrombolytic therapy are acceptable in the light of the underlying disease. PMID:22483795

  19. Correlation between CT features and clinical severity stratification in acute pulmonary embolism

    Objective: To analyze the correlation factors between CT imaging features of pulmonary embolism (PE) and clinical severity stratification, to explore the value of CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in acute PE severity stratification. Methods: According to the clinical severity, 48 patients with acute PE proved by CTPA were classified into two groups, including 21 critical and 27 non-critical patients. Embolism index, ratio of central pulmonary involvement, ratio of right ventricle maximum minor axis (RVMMA) to left ventricle maximum minor axis (LVMMA), namely RV: LV, dilation of main pulmonary and/or right pulmonary trunk, and dilation of bronchial arteries in both groups were analyzed comparatively. The correlation factors between CT imaging features and PE clinical severity stratification were explored. The correlation between RV: LV and embolism index of 48 patients was analyzed. Results: Pulmonary embolism index (22.0%-85.0%, median 38.0%), ratio of central pulmonary involvement (42.5%), RV: LV (0.90-1.90, median 1.30), dilation of pulmonary artery (14 eases), and dilation of bronchial artery (8 eases) in critical group (21 eases) were higher than those corresponding factors (5%-48%, median 21.5%, 31.25%, 0.80-1.40, median 1.00, 5 cases, and 3 cases) in non-critical group (27 cases) (Z=4.27, χ2=5.40, Z=2.58, χ2=11.45, χ2=4.87, P<0.05). There was remarkable correlation between RV: LV and embolism index (r=0.61, P<0.05). Conclusion: CTPA is feasible in evaluating PE severity stratification. The higher the embolism index, RV:LV, and the ratio of central pulmonary involvement, the higher probability of serious hemodynamic changes in PE patients. (authors)

  20. Hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction as a contributor to response in acute pulmonary embolism.

    Burrowes, K S; Clark, A R; Wilsher, M L; Milne, D G; Tawhai, M H

    2014-08-01

    Hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) is an adaptive response unique to the lung whereby blood flow is diverted away from areas of low alveolar oxygen to improve ventilation-perfusion matching and resultant gas exchange. Some previous experimental studies have suggested that the HPV response to hypoxia is blunted in acute pulmonary embolism (APE), while others have concluded that HPV contributes to elevated pulmonary blood pressures in APE. To understand these contradictory observations, we have used a structure-based computational model of integrated lung function in 10 subjects to study the impact of HPV on pulmonary hemodynamics and gas exchange in the presence of regional arterial occlusion. The integrated model includes an experimentally-derived model for HPV. Its function is validated against measurements of pulmonary vascular resistance in normal subjects at four levels of inspired oxygen. Our results show that the apparently disparate observations of previous studies can be explained within a single model: the model predicts that HPV increases mean pulmonary artery pressure in APE (by 8.2 ± 7.0% in these subjects), and concurrently shows a reduction in response to hypoxia in the subjects who have high levels of occlusion and therefore maximal HPV in normoxia. PMID:24770844

  1. Serum microRNA-1233 is a specific biomarker for diagnosing acute pulmonary embolism

    Kessler, Thorsten; Erdmann, Jeanette; Vilne, Baiba; Bruse, Petra; Kurowski, Volkhard; Diemert, Patrick; Schunkert, Heribert; Sager, Hendrik B

    2016-01-01

    Background Circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) emerge as novel biomarkers in cardiovascular diseases. Diagnosing acute pulmonary embolism (PE) remains challenging due to a diverse clinical presentation and the lack of specific biomarkers. Here we evaluate serum miRNAs as potential biomarkers in acute PE. Methods We enrolled 30 patients with acute, CT (computed tomography)-angiographically confirmed central PE and collected serum samples on the day of emergency room admission (1st day) and from 22 ...

  2. Risk-Adapted Management of Acute Pulmonary Embolism: Recent Evidence, New Guidelines

    Anja Käberich; Simone Wärntges; Stavros Konstantinides

    2014-01-01

    Venous thromboembolism (VTE), the third most frequent acute cardiovascular syndrome, may cause life-threatening complications and imposes a substantial socio-economic burden. During the past years, several landmark trials paved the way towards novel strategies in acute and long-term management of patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). Risk stratification is increasingly recognized as a cornerstone for an adequate diagnostic and therapeutic management of the highly heterogeneous populati...

  3. Establishment and evaluation of acute pulmonary embolism model in rabbit monitored with echocardiography

    Objective: To establish acute pulmonary embolism (APE) model in rabbit under echocardiography, and compare with the pathological results, and explore the feasibility of establishment of APE model monitored with echocardiography. Methods: APE models were established in 25 healthy Japanese white rabbits. The rabbit models of APE were created by right external jugular vena catheter using gelatin sponge monitored with echocardiography. Gelatin sponge emboli, 2 mm x 2 mm x 10 mm each, following with 5 mL physiologic saline were injected separately to right atrium via the right external jugular vein, which could make these emboli embolize pulmonary artery following blood stream. And the pulmonary artery systolic pressure was detected. Then the lung tissues slices near embolism place were detected by pathology after the model rabbits were dissected. Results: Twenty-three rabbit models with APE were successfully established from twenty-five healthy rabbits. However, one rabbit was unexpectedly dead because of anesthesia, another rabbit was dead owing to acute congestive heart failure of cor dextrum by emboli stagnation in cor dextrum. The echocardiogram of rabbits before and after model establishment showed that the pulmonary artery systolic pressure was significantly increased after APE, the main pulmonary artery, the left pulmonary artery and the right pulmonary artery were passively expanded. The right ventricle was increased and left ventricle was decreased oppositely, interventricular septum expanded toward left ventricle. there was significant difference compared with pre-embolism (P< 0.01). Gelatin sponge emboli in the pulmonary artery were detected by pathological detection. Conclusion: The method to establish APE model monitored with echocardiography is simple and feasible. It could be used as one of methods to establish APE model, animal. (authors)

  4. Related research between right ventricular dysfunction and pulmonary embolism range of the patients with acute pulmonary thromboembolism

    Objective: The presence of right ventrieular dysfunction (RVD) increases morbidity and mortality of the patient with pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE). The aims of this study were to evaluate the relation between RVD on echocardiography and pulmonary embolism range on radionuclide palmonary ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) scan of the patients with acute PTE, and to discuss the diagnostic feasibility of RVD by pulmonary embolism range. Methods: All 348 patients with proven PTE were classified as two groups according to the echocardiography diagnosis. Two hundreds and twelve were with RVD and 136 were with normal right ventricular function (N-RVF). All underwent pulmonary V/Q imping.Statistical analysis was performed with SPSS 11.5, and the relation between RVD and pulmonary embolism range was performed with χ2 analysis, correlation analysis, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis. Results: Signiticant relations between RVD (right/left ventricular end-diastolic diameter ratio (RVD/LVD)=0.52 ± 0.22. right/left ventricular transverse diameter ratio (RVTD/LVTD) =0.88 ± 0.26, tricuspid regurgitant pressure gradient (TRPG) = (31.93 ± 21.79) nun Hg (1 mm Hg = 0.133 kPa) and right ventricular anterior wall moilon (RVAWM) = (5.77 ± 1.99) mm) and pulmonary embolism range (1 ∼ 36, 11.4 ± 7.1) RVF and RVD and larger embolism range in RVD than in N-RVF (χ2=445.93, P2.58, P<0.01. Conclusion: The pulmonary embolism area waft negatively correlated with the RVD and had potential of being one of the references for the impression of RVD in PTE patients. (authors)

  5. 30-Day Mortality in Acute Pulmonary Embolism: Prognostic Value of Clinical Scores and Anamnestic Features

    Bach, Andreas Gunter; Taute, Bettina-Maria; Baasai, Nansalmaa; Wienke, Andreas; Meyer, Hans Jonas; Schramm, Dominik; Surov, Alexey

    2016-01-01

    Purpose Identification of high-risk patients with pulmonary embolism is vital. The aim of the present study was to examine clinical scores, their single items, and anamnestic features in their ability to predict 30-day mortality. Materials and Methods A retrospective, single-center study from 06/2005 to 01/2010 was performed. Inclusion criteria were presence of pulmonary embolism, availability of patient records and 30-day follow-up. The following clinical scores were calculated: Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II, original and simplified pulmonary embolism severity index, Glasgow Coma Scale, and euroSCORE II. Results In the study group of 365 patients 39 patients (10.7%) died within 30 days due to pulmonary embolism. From all examined scores and parameters the best predictor of 30-day mortality were the Glasgow Coma scale (≤ 10) and parameters of the circulatory system including presence of mechanical ventilation, arterial pH (< 7.335), and systolic blood pressure (< 99 mm Hg). Conclusions Easy to ascertain circulatory parameters have the same or higher prognostic value than the clinical scores that were applied in this study. From all clinical scores studied the Glasgow Coma Scale was the most time- and cost-efficient one. PMID:26866472

  6. Modified PISAPED Criteria in Combination with Ventilation Scintigraphic Finding for Predicting Acute Pulmonary Embolism.

    Watanabe, Naoyuki; Fettich, Jure; Küçük, Nurie Özlem; Kraft, Otakar; Mut, Fernando; Choudhury, Partha; Sharma, Surendra K; Endo, Keigo; Dondi, Maurizio

    2015-01-01

    This prospective clinical study aimed at assessing three pulmonary scintigraphic algorithms to detect acute pulmonary embolism (PE): Lung ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy along with modified prospective investigation of pulmonary embolism diagnosis (PIOPED) criteria; lung perfusion scintigraphy along with prospective investigative study of acute pulmonary embolism diagnosis (PISAPED) criteria; and lung perfusion scan in combination with ventilation scan, along with modified PISAPED criteria, which were newly developed. Patients with suspicion of PE were eligible for this study if they had no abnormal chest x-ray. Their diagnostic workup included a clinical assessment, a pulmonary V/Q scintigraphy, and CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA), as well as a clinical outcome assessment over a period of 24 weeks. Referred to the final clinical diagnosis of patients, the sensitivity and specificity of each algorithm were evaluated. The diagnostic performance of each algorithm by the area under the maximum likelihood fitted receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was determined. With respect to the PISAPED criteria, the sensitivity was 60.8% and specificity was 87.3%. No patient was classified into nondiagnostic category. The PIOPED criteria showed that the sensitivity was 95.0% and specificity was 88.2%, while 57.4% of the patients were in nondiagnostic category. The areas under the ROC curve constructed from the PISAPED criteria results and the modified PIOPED criteria results were 0.734 and 0.859 (P < 0.01), respectively. The modified PISAPED criteria demonstrated that the sensitivity was 83.8% and specificity was 89.1%. No patient was classified into nondiagnostic category. The area under the ROC curve constructed from modified PISAPED criteria was 0.864 (P < 0.01). Perfusion scans used with ventilation scans and modified PISAPED criteria may increase the diagnostic accuracy of pulmonary scintigraphy for acute PE, compared with the two major algorithms. PMID

  7. Quantification of right ventricular function in acute pulmonary embolism: relation to extent of pulmonary perfusion defects

    Kjaergaard, J.; Schaadt, B.K.; Lund, J.O.;

    2008-01-01

    Aims The relation of the extent of obstruction of the pulmonary vascutature in pulmonary embolism (PE) and impact on right ventricular (RV) hemodynamics is not well established. This study evaluated the relation of size of perfusion defects and changes in echocardiographic measures of global and...... regional RV dysfunction in 58 consecutive patients with non-massive PE. Methods and results Patients were compared with 58 age-matched controls that had normal ventilation/perfusion scintigraphies. A 2D, Doppler and Tissue Doppler echocardiography performed on the same day, quantified RV pressure and...... global and regional performance. Intermediate and large pulmonary emboli were associated with a significant impact on RV pressure and function. For small pulmonary emboli obstructing <25% of the pulmonary vascutature, the acceleration time of the pulmonary artery (PA) outflow was significantly shortened...

  8. Java interface to a computer-aided diagnosis system for acute pulmonary embolism using PIOPED findings

    Frederick, Erik D.; Tourassi, Georgia D.; Gauger, Matthew; Floyd, Carey E., Jr.

    1999-05-01

    An interface to a Computer Aided Diagnosis (CAD) system for diagnosis of Acute Pulmonary Embolism (PE) from PIOPED radiographic findings was developed. The interface is based on Internet technology which is user-friendly and available on a broad range of computing platforms. It was designed to be used as a research tool and as a data collection tool, allowing researchers to observe the behavior of a CAD system and to collect radiographic findings on ventilation-perfusion lung scans and chest radiographs. The interface collects findings from physicians in the PIOPED reporting format, processes those findings and presents them as inputs to an artificial neural network (ANN) previously trained on findings from 1,064 patients from the Prospective Investigation of Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis (PIOPED) study. The likelihood of PE predicted by the ANN and by the physician using the system is then saved for later analysis.

  9. Role of spiral CT in the diagnostic work-up of acute and chronic pulmonary embolism

    With the more widespread availability of spiral CT scanners during the last five years spiral CT angiography of the pulmonary arteries has been etablished as an accurate test for acute and chronic pulmonary embolism. It is reliable in the direct visualization of thrombotic material down to the segmental level. In several studies, sensitivity and specificity of 80 to 100% as compared with pulmonary angiography were reported. Compared with scintigraphy and echocardiography, spiral CT more often provides a definite and certain diagnosis. In addition to the direct visualization of the emboli spiral CT shows vessel wall thickening as a sign of older emboli, infarction, pneumonia, pleural effusion. Differential diagnoses are depicted significantly more frequent compared with scintigraphy. In chronic thromboembolic disease spiral CT detects vessel wall alterations even more often than angiography. Additionally, spiral CT demonstrates typical changes due to pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure. Depending on the experience of the investigator and the local conditions, spiral CT is equally well suited for further work-up of indeterminate scintigraphic findings or as a primary screening tool for patients in whom pulmonary embolism is suspected. (orig./MG)

  10. Role of ventilation scintigraphy in diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism: an evaluation using artificial neural networks

    The purpose of this study was to assess the value of the ventilation study in the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism using a new automated method. Either perfusion scintigrams alone or two different combinations of ventilation/perfusion scintigrams were used as the only source of information regarding pulmonary embolism. A completely automated method based on computerised image processing and artificial neural networks was used for the interpretation. Three artificial neural networks were trained for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. Each network was trained with 18 automatically obtained features. Three different sets of features originating from three sets of scintigrams were used. One network was trained using features obtained from each set of perfusion scintigrams, including six projections. The second network was trained using features from each set of (joint) ventilation and perfusion studies in six projections. A third network was trained using features from the perfusion study in six projections combined with a single ventilation image from the posterior view. A total of 1,087 scintigrams from patients with suspected pulmonary embolism were used for network training. The test group consisted of 102 patients who had undergone both scintigraphy and pulmonary angiography. Performances in the test group were measured as area under the receiver operation characteristic curve. The performance of the neural network in interpreting perfusion scintigrams alone was 0.79 (95% confidence limits 0.71-0.86). When one ventilation image (posterior view) was added to the perfusion study, the performance was 0.84 (0.77-0.90). This increase was statistically significant (P=0.022). The performance increased to 0.87 (0.81-0.93) when all perfusion and ventilation images were used, and the increase in performance from 0.79 to 0.87 was also statistically significant (P=0.016). The automated method presented here for the interpretation of lung scintigrams shows a significant

  11. Role of ventilation scintigraphy in diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism: an evaluation using artificial neural networks

    Evander, Eva [Department of Clinical Physiology, University Hospital, Lund University, 221 85, Lund (Sweden); Holst, Holger; Jaerund, Andreas; Wollmer, Per; Edenbrandt, Lars [Department of Clinical Physiology, Malmoe University Hospital, Malmoe (Sweden); Ohlsson, Mattias [Department of Theoretical Physics, Lund University, Lund (Sweden); Aastroem, Karl [Department of Mathematics, Lund Institute of Technology, Lund (Sweden)

    2003-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the value of the ventilation study in the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism using a new automated method. Either perfusion scintigrams alone or two different combinations of ventilation/perfusion scintigrams were used as the only source of information regarding pulmonary embolism. A completely automated method based on computerised image processing and artificial neural networks was used for the interpretation. Three artificial neural networks were trained for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. Each network was trained with 18 automatically obtained features. Three different sets of features originating from three sets of scintigrams were used. One network was trained using features obtained from each set of perfusion scintigrams, including six projections. The second network was trained using features from each set of (joint) ventilation and perfusion studies in six projections. A third network was trained using features from the perfusion study in six projections combined with a single ventilation image from the posterior view. A total of 1,087 scintigrams from patients with suspected pulmonary embolism were used for network training. The test group consisted of 102 patients who had undergone both scintigraphy and pulmonary angiography. Performances in the test group were measured as area under the receiver operation characteristic curve. The performance of the neural network in interpreting perfusion scintigrams alone was 0.79 (95% confidence limits 0.71-0.86). When one ventilation image (posterior view) was added to the perfusion study, the performance was 0.84 (0.77-0.90). This increase was statistically significant (P=0.022). The performance increased to 0.87 (0.81-0.93) when all perfusion and ventilation images were used, and the increase in performance from 0.79 to 0.87 was also statistically significant (P=0.016). The automated method presented here for the interpretation of lung scintigrams shows a significant

  12. Acute pulmonary embolism caused by enlarged uterine leiomyoma: A rare presentation

    Khademvatani, Kamal; Rezaei, Yousef; Kerachian, Abdollah; Seyyed-Mohammadzad, Mir Hossein; Eskandari, Ramin; Rostamzadeh, Alireza

    2014-01-01

    Patient: Female, 42 Final Diagnosis: Acute pulmonary embolism Symptoms: Chest pain • dyspnea Medication: Streptokinase • Warfarin Clinical Procedure: — Specialty: Cardiology and Neoplasm Objective: Management of emergency care Background: Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and subsequent pulmonary embolism (PE) caused by pelvic vein compression are rare and life-threatening complications of leiomyoma of the uterus. Case Report: We report a 42-year-old virgin woman with a history of leiomyoma who presented to the emergency department with complaints of dyspnea and pleuritic chest pain with transient spotting. On physical examination, she had a non-tender abdomen with a 20-week size uterus. Imaging investigations revealed an acute DVT in her left leg and a huge uterine-derived mass compressing the common iliac veins. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) demonstrated an echogenic mass in her right pulmonary artery consistent with thrombosis. The patient was completely cured using thrombolytic therapy and myomectomy, and was well at 1 year after thrombolysis. Conclusions: PE caused by pelvic vein compression is a rare complication of leiomyoma, which should be considered. Thrombolytic therapy associated with myomectomy can be implemented for treating such cases, and TEE can be used for diagnosing suspected high-risk PE. PMID:25061497

  13. Cardiovascular parameters to assess the severity of acute pulmonary embolism with computed tomography

    Background: Computed tomographic pulmonary angiography (CTPA) has been established as a first-line test in the acute pulmonary embolism (APE) diagnostic algorithm, but the assessment of the severity of APE by this method remains to be explored. Purpose: To retrospectively evaluate right ventricular (RV) dysfunction and severity in patients with APE without underlying cardiopulmonary disease using helical computed tomography (CT). Material and Methods: Seventy-three patients (35 men and 38 women) were divided into two groups according to the clinical findings: severe APE (n=22) and non-severe APE (n=51). Pulmonary artery CT obstruction index was calculated according to the location and degree of clots in the pulmonary arteries. Cardiovascular parameters including RV short axis and left ventricular (LV) short axis, RV short axis to LV short axis (RV/LV) ratio, main pulmonary artery, azygous vein, and superior vena cava diameters were measured. Leftward bowing of the interventricular septum, reflux of contrast medium into the inferior vena cava and azygous vein, and bronchial artery dilatation were also recorded. The results were analyzed by Mann-Whitney U test, x2 test, Spearman's rank correlation coefficient, and the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (Az). Results: CT obstruction index in patients with severe APE (median 43%) was higher than that of patients with non-severe APE (median 20%). Comparison of cardiovascular parameters between patients with severe and non-severe pulmonary embolism showed significant differences in RV short axis, LV short axis, RV/LV ratio, RV wall thickness, main pulmonary artery diameter, azygous vein diameter, leftward bowing of the interventricular septum, and bronchial artery dilatation. The correlation between CT obstruction indexes and cardiovascular parameters was significant. Spearman's rank correlation coefficient was highest between RV/LV ratio and CT obstruction index. Az values were significantly higher

  14. Is there a place for inhaled nitric oxide in the therapy of acute pulmonary embolism?

    Tanus-Santos, Jose E; Theodorakis, Michael J

    2002-01-01

    Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a serious complication resulting from the migration of emboli to the lungs. Although deep venous thrombi are the most common source of emboli to the lungs, other important sources include air, amniotic fluid, fat and bone marrow. Regardless of the specific source of the emboli, very little progress has been made in the pharmacological management of this high mortality condition. Because the prognosis is linked to the degree of elevation of pulmonary vascular resistance, any therapeutic intervention to improve the hemodynamics would probably increase the low survival rate of this critical condition. Inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) has been widely tested and used in cases of pulmonary hypertension of different causes. In the last few years some authors have described beneficial effects of iNO in animal models of acute PE and in anecdotal cases of massive PE. The primary cause of death in massive PE that is caused by deep venous thrombi, gas or amniotic fluid, is acute right heart failure and circulatory shock. Increased pulmonary vascular resistance following acute PE is the cumulative result of mechanical obstruction of pulmonary vessels and pulmonary arteriolar constriction (attributable to a neurogenic reflex and to the release of vasoconstrictors). As such, the vasodilator effects of iNO could actively oppose the pulmonary hypertension following PE. This hypothesis is consistently supported by experimental studies in different animal models of PE, which demonstrated that iNO decreased (by 10 to 20%) the pulmonary artery pressure without improving pulmonary gas exchange. Although maximal vasodilatory effects are probably achieved by less than 5 parts per million iNO, which is a relatively low concentration, no dose-response study has been published so far. In addition to the animal studies, a few anecdotal reports in the literature suggest that iNO may improve the hemodynamics during acute PE. However, no prospective, controlled

  15. Digital angiography in pulmonary embolism

    Pulmonary digital subtraction angiography was diagnostic in 98.3% of patients with possible acute pulmonary embolism. The procedure was well tolerated even in severely ill patients. A large image intensifier made simultaneous imaging of both lungs possible reducing the number of contrast injections necessary. Small volumes of low iso-osmolar concentration of modern contrast media were used. There was no need for catherization of the pulmonary artery. Theoretical considerations and our limited experience indicate that this will reduce the number of complications compared with conventional pulmonary angiography. The procedure is rapidly performed and the diagnostic accuracy high. This makes digital subtraction angiography cost effective. Digital pulmonary angiography can be recommended as the primary diagnostic method in most patients with possible pulmonary embolism. (orig.)

  16. Non-traumatic thoracic emergencies: CT diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism: the first 10 years

    Ghaye, Benoit; Remy, Jacques; Remy-Jardin, Martine [Department of Radiology, Hospital Calmette, University Center of Lille, Blvd Jules Leclerq, 59037 Lille Cedex (France)

    2002-08-01

    Over the past 10 years, spiral CT angiography of the pulmonary arteries has reached a high accuracy in the evaluation of pulmonary embolism. Major advantages of CT compared with ventilation/perfusion lung scintigraphy and pulmonary angiography is direct visualization of clots in the pulmonary arteries, and to provide alternative findings or diagnosis. The recent introduction of multislice CT has improved the evaluation of peripheral pulmonary arteries, enabling high-resolution CT examinations over the entire thorax in a short breathhold. The examination techniques, imaging findings, pitfalls, and results of CT in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism are reviewed in comparison with other diagnostic tests. (orig.)

  17. [Pulmonary circulation in embolic pulmonary edema].

    Sanotskaia, N V; Polikarpov, V V; Matsievskiĭ, D D

    1989-02-01

    The ultrasonic method was used in acute experiments on cats with open chest under artificial lung ventilation to obtain blood flow in low-lobar pulmonary artery and vein, the blood pressure in pulmonary artery, as well as the left atrial pressure in fat (olive oil) and mechanical (Lycopodium spores) pulmonary embolism. It is shown that pulmonary embolism produces the decrease in the blood flow in pulmonary artery and vein, the increase of the pressure in pulmonary artery and left atria, the increase of lung vessels resistance. The decrease is observed of systemic arterial pressure, bradycardia, and extrasystole. After 5-10 min the restoration of arterial pressure and heart rhythm occur and partial restoration of blood flow in pulmonary artery and vein. In many experiments the blood flow in vein outdoes that in the artery--it allows to suppose the increase of the blood flow in bronchial artery. After 60-90 min there occur sudden decrease of systemic arterial pressure, the decrease of the blood flow in pulmonary artery and vein. The pressure in pulmonary artery and resistance of pulmonary vessels remain high. Pulmonary edema developed in all animals. The death occurs in 60-100 min after the beginning of embolism. PMID:2923969

  18. Computed tomography densitometry of the lung: a method to assess perfusion defects in acute pulmonary embolism

    Groell, Reinhard E-mail: reinhard.groell@kfunigraz.ac.at; Peichel, Karl H.; Uggowitzer, Martin M.; Schmid, Ferdinand; Hartwagner, Karin

    1999-12-01

    Objective: To evaluate the potential of spiral computed tomography (CT) densitometry of the lung to assess segmental perfusion defects in patients with acute pulmonary embolism. Materials and Methods: Ten patients with known segmental or lobar perfusion defects on ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy and with normal findings in the contralateral lung segment underwent spiral CT of the thorax before and after the administration of contrast material. Regions of interest were defined in 14 segments with normal perfusion and in 14 segments with reduced perfusion. Three consecutive densitometry measurements were performed in each segment. Results: Those segments with reduced perfusion showed a significantly lower mean CT value on the enhanced scans (-813.4{+-}57.1 Hounsfield units (HU) vs -794.0{+-}44.8 HU, P=0.01) and a significantly decreased contrast enhancement (12.3{+-}18.2 HU vs 29.8{+-}16.6 HU, P<0.01) when compared to segments with normal perfusion. Measurements from the unenhanced CT scans were not statistically different between segments with reduced and normal perfusion. Conclusions: Spiral CT densitometry allows the assessment of at least segmental perfusion defects in patients with acute pulmonary embolism.

  19. Temporary interventional pneumonectomy used as an emergency treatment for acute massive pulmonary embolism: the initial experimental results

    Objective: To evaluate regional airway obstruction with balloon catheter in stabilizing the vital signs in experimental animals suffered from acute massive pulmonary embolism. Methods: Pulmonary embolism of right lung artery by using auto-blood clots or detachable latex balloons was established in 27 healthy sheep. When the blood oxygen saturation decreased by 25% compared to that before the procedure, the placement of balloon catheter in corresponding right main bronchus was carried out in 18 sheep (study group). Five sheep were used as control group. The blood oxygen saturation in the remaining four sheep did not reach the intervention level. The pulmonary arterial pressure, the peripheral arterial pressure, the central venous pressure, the heart rate, the blood oxygen saturation, the arterial partial pressure of oxygen as well as of carbon dioxide were invasively determined. Results: The experimental model of acute massive pulmonary embolism was successfully established in 23 sheep. After the establishment of pulmonary embolism, increased heart rate, tachypnea, a decrease of ≥ 25% in blood oxygen saturation within 30 minutes and a rise in pulmonary arterial pressure were detected. After the placement of balloon catheter in study group, a reduction of the pulmonary arterial pressure and an elevation of the blood oxygen saturation as well as the arterial partial pressure of oxygen rose were observed.The difference between study group and control group was statistically significant (P<0.05). Conclusion: The result of this animal experiment indicates that obstruction of airway with balloon can be served as a first aid for acute massive pulmonary embolism, which can stabilizes the animal's vital signs and, therefore, can help gain precious time for the follow-up thrombolysis treatment. (authors)

  20. Widening of coronary sinus in CT pulmonary angiography indicates right ventricular dysfunction in patients with acute pulmonary embolism

    Right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) may occur in the course of acute pulmonary embolism (PE). Patients with RVD need more intensive treatment, and the prognosis is more severe. The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of the measurement of the coronary sinus in the assessment of RVD in patients with acute PE and to compare it with other indicators of RVD. Retrospective assessment of 55 CT pulmonary angiography examinations with signs of acute PE was performed. Pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP) was echocardiographically assessed in all patients, and RVD was defined as PASP values greater than 30 mmHg. CT measurements included the size of the heart ventricles, mediastinal vessels and the width of the coronary sinus. Median width of the coronary sinus was 16 mm (range 12-24 mm) in patients with increased PASP and 10 mm (range 7-22 mm) in patients with normal PASP (p = 0.001). Best cut-off value was assessed to be 12.5 mm, with sensitivity 94% and specificity 75%. It was characterised by the largest area under ROC curve (0.82) among analysed parameters. Width of the coronary sinus seems to be a promising parameter for identification of RVD in patients with acute PE. A prospective study should be undertaken to further assess its clinical and prognostic applicability. (orig.)

  1. Pulmonary embolism, part II: Management

    Bĕlohlávek, Jan; Dytrych, Vladimír; Linhart, Aleš

    2013-01-01

    Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) bears a significant burden on health and survival. Rapid and accurate risk stratification and management are of paramount importance to ensure the highest quality of care. This present article summarizes currently available and emerging management strategies for the disease. The authors not only review current evidence regarding early therapy of acute PE, including supportive care, anticoagulation, thrombolysis, surgical and catheter-based treatment, but also the...

  2. Catheter-Directed Therapy in Acute Pulmonary Embolism with Right Ventricular Dysfunction: A Promising Modality to Provide Early Hemodynamic Recovery

    Dilektasli, Asli Gorek; Cetinoglu, Ezgi Demirdogen; Acet, Nilufer Aylin; Erdogan, Cuneyt; Ursavas, Ahmet; Ozkaya, Guven; Coskun, Funda; Karadag, Mehmet; Ege, Ercument

    2016-01-01

    Background Catheter-directed therapy (CDT) for pulmonary embolism (PE) is considered as an alternative to systemic thrombolysis (ST) in patients with hemodynamically unstable acute PE who are considered at high bleeding risk for ST. We aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of CDT in the management of acute PE with right ventricular dysfunction (RVD). The primary outcomes were mortality, clinical success, and complications. Secondary outcomes were change in hemodynamic parameters in the fi...

  3. Risk-adapted management of acute pulmonary embolism: recent evidence, new guidelines.

    Käberich, Anja; Wärntges, Simone; Konstantinides, Stavros

    2014-10-01

    Venous thromboembolism (VTE), the third most frequent acute cardiovascular syndrome, may cause life-threatening complications and imposes a substantial socio-economic burden. During the past years, several landmark trials paved the way towards novel strategies in acute and long-term management of patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). Risk stratification is increasingly recognized as a cornerstone for an adequate diagnostic and therapeutic management of the highly heterogeneous population of patients with acute PE. Recently published European Guidelines emphasize the importance of clinical prediction rules in combination with imaging procedures (assessment of right ventricular function) and laboratory biomarkers (indicative of myocardial stress or injury) for identification of normotensive PE patients at intermediate risk for an adverse short-term outcome. In this patient group, systemic full-dose thrombolysis was associated with a significantly increased risk of intracranial bleeding, a complication which discourages its clinical application unless hemodynamic decompensation occurs. A large-scale clinical trial program evaluating new oral anticoagulants in the initial and long-term treatment of venous thromboembolism showed at least comparable efficacy and presumably increased safety of these drugs compared to the current standard treatment. Research is continuing on catheter-directed, ultrasound-assisted, local, low-dose thrombolysis in the management of intermediate-risk PE. PMID:25386356

  4. Risk-Adapted Management of Acute Pulmonary Embolism: Recent Evidence, New Guidelines

    Anja Käberich

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Venous thromboembolism (VTE, the third most frequent acute cardiovascular syndrome, may cause life-threatening complications and imposes a substantial socio-economic burden. During the past years, several landmark trials paved the way towards novel strategies in acute and long-term management of patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE. Risk stratification is increasingly recognized as a cornerstone for an adequate diagnostic and therapeutic management of the highly heterogeneous population of patients with acute PE. Recently published European Guidelines emphasize the importance of clinical prediction rules in combination with imaging procedures (assessment of right ventricular function and laboratory biomarkers (indicative of myocardial stress or injury for identification of normotensive PE patients at intermediate risk for an adverse short-term outcome. In this patient group, systemic full-dose thrombolysis was associated with a significantly increased risk of intracranial bleeding, a complication which discourages its clinical application unless hemodynamic decompensation occurs. A large-scale clinical trial program evaluating new oral anticoagulants in the initial and long-term treatment of venous thromboembolism showed at least comparable efficacy and presumably increased safety of these drugs compared to the current standard treatment. Research is continuing on catheter-directed, ultrasound-assisted, local, low-dose thrombolysis in the management of intermediate-risk PE.

  5. Diagnosing pulmonary embolism

    Khosla Rahul

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary embolism (PE is a common, treatable, highly lethal emergency, which despite advances in diagnostic testing, remains an under diagnosed killer. The mortality rate of diagnosed and treated pulmonary embolism ranges from 3-8%, but increases to about 30% in untreated pulmonary embolism. PE is a part of the spectrum of venousthromboembolic disease and most pulmonary emboli have their origin from clots in the iliac, deep femoral, or popliteal veins. Nonspecific clinical signs and symptoms with low sensitivity and specificity of routine tests such as arterial blood gas, chest roentgenogram and electrocardiogram make the diagnosis of PE very challenging for the clinician. Pulmonary angiography is the gold standard diagnostic test, but this technique is invasive, expensive, not readily available and labor intensive. Diagnostic strategies have revolved around establishing clinical probabilities based on predictive models, then ruling in or ruling out the diagnosis of PE with various tests. The aim of this article was to review the literature and present an evidence- based medicine approach to diagnosis of pulmonary embolism.

  6. Recovery of right and left ventricular function after acute pulmonary embolism

    Klok, F.A., E-mail: f.a.klok@lumc.nl [Section of Vascular Medicine, Department of General Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden (Netherlands); Romeih, S. [Department of Cardiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden (Netherlands); Kroft, L.J.M.; Westenberg, J.J.M. [Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden (Netherlands); Huisman, M.V. [Section of Vascular Medicine, Department of General Internal Medicine-Endocrinology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden (Netherlands); Roos, A. de [Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden (Netherlands)

    2011-12-15

    Aim: To evaluate recovery of cardiac function after acute pulmonary embolism (PE). Materials and methods: Routine breath-held computed tomography (CT)-pulmonary angiography was performed in patients with suspected PE to confirm or exclude the diagnosis of PE at initial presentation. Electrocardiogram (ECG)-triggered cardiac CT was performed to assess biventricular function. After 6 months, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed. In total, 15 consecutive patients with PE and 10 without were studied. A significant change in ventricular volume was defined as a >15% change in end-diastolic or -systolic volumes (EDV, ESV), and significant ventricular function improvement as a >5% increase in ejection fraction (EF) as based on reported cut-off values. Results: Right and left ventricular (RV and LV) EDV and ESV changed non-significantly (<1.3%) in the patients without PE, indicating good comparability of those values measured by CT and MRI. PE patients with baseline normal RV function (RVEF {>=}47%) revealed a >5% improvement in the RVEF (+5.4 {+-} 3.1%) due to a decrease in the RVESV. Patients with baseline abnormal RV function showed a >5% improvement in the RVEF (+14 {+-} 15%) due to decreases in both the RVESV and RVEDV. Furthermore, the LVEDV increased in this latter patient group. Conclusions: The present study demonstrated an improvement in RV function in the majority of patients with PE, independent of baseline RV function. The degree of RV and LV recovery was dependent on the severity of baseline RV dysfunction.

  7. Accelerated thrombolysis in the acute pulmonary embolism with ecocardiographic and tomographic evaluation

    The pulmonary embolism is a frequent and many times fatal disease. In a study in U.S of 42 million deaths during a 20 year period, around 600.000 patients (1,5%) were diagnosed with pulmonary embolism. However, this study surely doesn't estimate the real prevalence and incidence of this entity, because more than half of these cases are not diagnosed. We report a female 46 years-old patient with personal antecedents of Hipothyroidism and Arterial Hypertension without treatment and a tendosinovitis in the right inferior member that maintained her in bed for a month, with 10 days of rehabilitation therapy, maintaining an important functional limitation

  8. ANP, BNP and D-dimer predict right ventricular dysfunction in patients with acute pulmonary embolism

    Borgwardt, Henrik Gutte; Mortensen, Jann; Jensen, Claus V; Von, Der Recke Peter; Petersen, Claus L; Kristoffersen, Ulrik S; Kjær, Andreas

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to predict right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) using plasma concentration of D-dimer, pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (pro-ANP), brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), endothelin-1 (ET-1) and cardiac troponin I (TNI) in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE).......The aim of this study was to predict right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) using plasma concentration of D-dimer, pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (pro-ANP), brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), endothelin-1 (ET-1) and cardiac troponin I (TNI) in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE)....

  9. Prognostic value of troponins in acute nonmassive pulmonary embolism: A meta-analysis.

    Bajaj, Anurag; Saleeb, Michael; Rathor, Parul; Sehgal, Vishal; Kabak, Besher; Hosur, Srikanth

    2015-01-01

    The objective of our meta-analysis is to update the evidence on the prognostic value of elevated troponin levels in patient with acute normotensive pulmonary embolism (PE). We did a systematic literature review of database, including Pubmed, EMBASE, and Cochrane. Studies were included if those were done on normotensive patients with acute PE and serum troponin assay was done. The primary end point was short term all cause mortality. The secondary end points were short term PE related mortality and serious adverse events. Elevated troponin levels were significantly associated with the increased risk for short term mortality (odds ratio [OR], 4.80; 95% CI, 3.25-7.08, I(2) = 54%), PE related mortality (OR, 3.80; 95% CI, 2.74-5.27, I(2) = 0%) and serious adverse events (OR, 3.65; 95% CI, 2.41-5.53, I(2) = 47%). Our study suggests that elevated levels of troponin identify a subgroup of patients with increased risk for short term mortality and serious adverse events. PMID:25976228

  10. The primary experimental study of self-made percutaneous catheterized thrombectomy device for acute massive pulmonary embolism

    Objective: To evaluate efficacy, feasibility and safety of the self-made percutaneous catheterized thrombectomy divice in animal model for thrombus removal. Methods: Seven dogs were selected, with acute massive pulmonary embolism animal models created by injecting thrombi into the pulmonary arterial trunk via percutaneous femoral vein approach. After half an hours the catheter sheath was inserted into the occluded pulmonary artery through right femoral vein in 5 dogs, left femoral vein in 1 dog and right internal jugular vein in another one. The procedure began to remove the thrombi with simultaneous recording the thrombectomy time and the blood volume drainage. Blood gass was tested before and after embolization together with those of thrombi removement, continuously monitored pulmonary arterial pressure and intermittently performed angiography. The mean time form vascular recanalization to euthanasia was 2 hours, and then the lung specimens were resected for histological examination. Results: One animal died of pulmonary arterial penetration during thrombi removal, but others were all alive by the end of the test. Mean time of removing thrombi was 2.4 minutes with mean volume blood drainage of 84 ml. Angiograms showed the approximately complete patency of the pulmonary arterial trunk after reopening of occlusion but still with remnont thrombi within distal branches and arterial pressure with blood gas returned to normal level. Pathology revealed the recanalization of pulmonary arterial trunk but with thromi still staying in the distal branches, and effusion around the arteries. Conclusions: The self-made percutaneous catheterized thrombectomy device is effective, feasible and comparatively safe in the treatment of acute massive pulmonary embolism in this primary test. (authors)

  11. Prognostic role of alveolar-arterial oxygen pressure difference in acute pulmonary embolism

    This study investigated the utility of the alveolar-arterial oxygen pressure difference (AaDO2) in predicting the short-term prognosis of acute pulmonary embolism (PE). This study retrospectively enrolled 114 consecutive patients with acute PE, diagnosed by either spiral computed tomography or high probability ventilation-perfusion lung scans. During the first 24 h of admission, all patients had initial artery blood gas collected under room air. Patient exclusion criteria were chronic lung disease, septic emboli, and moderate and low probability lung scans. Patients were assigned to 2 groups based on either 30-day death or a 30-day composite event. Receiver operating characteristic analyses was used to determine the AaDO2 cut-off value for predicting primary and composite endpoints. Statistical analysis demonstrated significant differences in AaDO2 between the 30-day composite endpoint group and the 30-day composite event-free survival group (p=0.012). The AaDO2 had a strong trend between the 30-day death group and the survival group (p=0.062). The best cut-off value for AaDO2 was 53 mmHg and using this, the positive predictive value for 30-day death was 25% and the negative predictive value was 92%. For the 30-day composite endpoint, the positive predictive value for AaDO2 was 35%, and the negative predictive value was 84%. In this study, thrombocytopenia was also an indicator of poor prognosis for patients with acute PE. The AaDO2 measurement is a highly useful and simple measurement for predicting short-term prognosis in patients with acute PE. It has high negative predictive value and moderate positive predictive value for 30-day death and 30-day composite event. Aggressive thrombolytic treatment strategies should be considered for patients with an initial poor prognostic parameter (ie, AaDO2≥53 mmHg). (author)

  12. Logistic regression model for identification of right ventricular dysfunction in patients with acute pulmonary embolism by means of computed tomography

    Purpose: Diagnosis of right ventricular dysfunction in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is known to be associated with increased risk of mortality. The aim of the study was to calculate a logistic regression model for reliable identification of right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) in patients diagnosed with computed tomography pulmonary angiography. Material and methods: Ninety-seven consecutive patients with acute pulmonary embolism were divided into groups with and without RVD basing upon echocardiographic measurement of pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP). PE severity was graded with the pulmonary obstruction score. CT measurements of heart chambers and mediastinal vessels were performed; position of interventricular septum and presence of contrast reflux into the inferior vena cava were also recorded. The logistic regression model was prepared by means of stepwise logistic regression. Results: Among the used parameters, the final model consisted of pulmonary obstruction score, short axis diameter of right ventricle and diameter of inferior vena cava. The calculated model is characterized by 79% sensitivity and 81% specificity, and its performance was significantly better than single CT-based measurements. Conclusion: Logistic regression model identifies RVD significantly better, than single CT-based measurements

  13. Logistic regression model for identification of right ventricular dysfunction in patients with acute pulmonary embolism by means of computed tomography

    Staskiewicz, Grzegorz, E-mail: grzegorz.staskiewicz@gmail.com [1st Department of Radiology, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin (Poland); Department of Human Anatomy, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin (Poland); Czekajska-Chehab, Elżbieta, E-mail: czekajska@gazeta.pl [1st Department of Radiology, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin (Poland); Uhlig, Sebastian, E-mail: uhligs@eranet.pl [1st Department of Radiology, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin (Poland); Przegalinski, Jerzy, E-mail: jerzy.przegalinski@umlub.pl [Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin (Poland); Maciejewski, Ryszard, E-mail: maciejewski.r@gmail.com [Department of Human Anatomy, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin (Poland); Drop, Andrzej, E-mail: andrzej.drop@umlub.pl [1st Department of Radiology, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin (Poland)

    2013-08-15

    Purpose: Diagnosis of right ventricular dysfunction in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is known to be associated with increased risk of mortality. The aim of the study was to calculate a logistic regression model for reliable identification of right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) in patients diagnosed with computed tomography pulmonary angiography. Material and methods: Ninety-seven consecutive patients with acute pulmonary embolism were divided into groups with and without RVD basing upon echocardiographic measurement of pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP). PE severity was graded with the pulmonary obstruction score. CT measurements of heart chambers and mediastinal vessels were performed; position of interventricular septum and presence of contrast reflux into the inferior vena cava were also recorded. The logistic regression model was prepared by means of stepwise logistic regression. Results: Among the used parameters, the final model consisted of pulmonary obstruction score, short axis diameter of right ventricle and diameter of inferior vena cava. The calculated model is characterized by 79% sensitivity and 81% specificity, and its performance was significantly better than single CT-based measurements. Conclusion: Logistic regression model identifies RVD significantly better, than single CT-based measurements.

  14. Pulmonary perfusion imaging combined with Wells score and D-dimer assay for the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism

    Objective: To investigate the value of the Wells score and D-dimer assay in assisting pulmonary perfusion imaging (PPI) for the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism (APE). Methods: One hundred twenty-one patients with suspected APE were studied from January, 2006 to December, 2008. All patients underwent the Wells score, the quantitative D-dimer assay, chest X-ray photography, and PPI. The diagnostic sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of PPI with the assistance of Wells score and D-dimer assay were calculated. Results: Fifty (41.3%) patients were diagnosed with APE. PPI combined with chest X-ray photography (Q/X scan) showed positive results in 49 patients. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of the Q/X scan were 86.0% (43/50), 91.5% (65/71), 87.8% (43/49) and 90.3% (65/72), respectively. With assistance of Wells score >4 and D-dimer ≥0.5 mg/L, Q/X scan had a positive predictive value of 100.0% (29/29), for patients with Wells score ≤4 and D-dimer <0.5 mg/L, the negative predictive value for Q/X scan was 100.0% (41/41). Conclusion: Combined with Wells score and D-dimer assay, PPI can make accurate diagnosis of APE. (authors)

  15. Advances of ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy in diagnosing acute pulmonary embolism

    PE is a severe and potentially fatal disease. Early and accurate diagnosis of PE is crucial. Lung scintigraphy is a non-invasive imaging technique to diagnose PE. Recently, major research advances have been achieved in V/Q scintigraphy. The prospective investigation of PE diagnosis (PIOPED)Ⅰ criteria was formalized in the 1990s. In the PIOPED study, the majority of patients had either intermediate probability results or low probability results. Accordingly, the PIOPED Ⅰ criteria were fundamentally flawed. Many investigators established new criteria,such as PIOPED Ⅱ, prospective investigative study of acute pulmonary embolism diagnosis (PISAPED) and European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM). With the use of SPECT acquisition, the V/Q scan has undergone a transition to three-dimensional volumetric imaging. SPECT has a higher spatial resolution than planar V/Q scintigraphy, so it can detect abnormalities particularly at the subsegmental level and in the lung bases, where the segments are tightly packed. SPECT V/Q has proven to be clearly superior to planar V/Q and multi-detector CT (MDCT). When SPECT and CT images are acquired on the same scanning bed in the same imaging session, great registration accuracy is achieved with such SPECT/CT scanners. For lung imaging, the emergence of SPECT/CT scanners gives reporting specialists two options to combine structural and functional data and potentially to improve the overall diagnostic accuracy of the modality. (authors)

  16. Depression, anxiety and influencing factors in patients with acute pulmonary embolism

    LIU Chun-ping; LI Xiao-mei; CHEN Hang-wei; CUI Jun-yu; NIU Li-li; HE Yu-bin; TIAN Xin-li

    2011-01-01

    Background Psychological distress has been widely studied in many cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, but the condition in acute pulmonary embolism (APE) is unknown. The purpose of this study was to investigate levels of depression and anxiety and their influencing factors in APE patients.Methods Sixty consecutive patients with APE were subjected to investigation of depression and anxiety by the Beck Depression Inventory and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, and 60 community-based subjects were enrolled as controls.APE patients were stratified as high-risk, intermediate-risk and low-risk according to the disease severity. Scores of depression and anxiety were compared by statistical analysis using paired t tests between APE patients and controls,and by analysis of variance within the APE patients with the three risk stratification. Factors influencing depression and anxiety were evaluated.Results The mean age of the patients (38 males and 22 females) was (52+12) years. APE patients displayed higher scores of depression (P=0.04) and anxiety (P=0.001) compared with controls. Patients in the high-risk group displayed higher scores of depression (P=0.004) and anxiety (P=0.001) compared with those in the intermediate- and low-risk groups. Depression scores were highly correlated with anxiety scores (r=0.60, P <0.001). Both depression and anxiety inversely related to risk stratification (P <0.01), age (P <0.05), and arterial blood oxygen pressure (PaO2) (P <0.05).Linear regression analysis showed that PaO2 was independently inversely related to both depression (P <0.01) and anxiety (P <0.05); risk stratification and age were independently inversely related to anxiety (P <0.05).Conclusions Patients of APE suffered high levels of depression and anxiety, which were negatively influenced by PaO2,risk stratification and age.

  17. Comparative study of intraarterial and intravenous thrombolysis with urokinase in canine models of acute pulmonary arterial embolism

    Objective: To evaluate the efficiency and safety of intraarterial thrombolysis with urokinase (UK)in canine models of acute pulmonary arterial embolism. Methods: 24 Canine models of selective acute pulmonary artery embolism with autologous blood clot were divided randomly into 3 groups(each with 8 dogs): intraarterial thrombolytic group (10 000 u/kg of UK infused in 30 rain), intravenous thrombolytic group (20 000 u/kg of UK infused in 2 h) and control group (100 ml of saline infused in 2 h). The value of pulmonary arterial mean pressure (PAMP), blood gas analysis (PaO2 and PaCO2), coagulation index(PT and APTT)and D-dimer were tested at 2 h, 4 h after the thrombolytic procedure and pulmonary arterial angiography was repeated. Results: Comparing the levels of PAMP, PaO2 and D-dimer, showed significant difference in the 3 groups (P2 and blood supply restores more rapidly than the intravenous one. (authors)

  18. Electrocardiographic differentiation between acute coronary syndrome and acute pulmonary embolism associated with inverted T waves in precordial leads

    ZHAN Zhong-qun; WANG Chong-quan; HE Chao-rong; WANG Zhi-xiao; MAO Shan

    2010-01-01

    Background Inverted T waves in precordial leads are often seen in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (APE) and acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The purpose of this study was to analyze the electrocardiogram (ECG) difference between APE and ACS related inverted T waves in precordial leads. Methods The ECG difference among 62 patients with APE and 125 patients with ACS related inverted T waves in precordial leads were compared. Results Compared with ACS, Patients with APE were more frequently associated with incomplete or complete RBBB or slurred S wave in lead V1, the sum of the depth of inverted T waves in leads V1 and V2 not less than in lead V3 and V4 (inverted TV1 + V2 ≥ inverted TV3 + V4), and inverted T waves in leads V1 and Ⅲ. Conclusions Complete or incomplete RBBB or slurred S wave in lead V1, inverted T waves in leads V1 and III, and inverted TV1 + V2 ≥ inverted TV3 + V4 are useful criteria for predicting APE.

  19. Long-term outcome of patients with persistent vascular obstruction on computed tomography pulmonary angiography 6 months after acute pulmonary embolism

    Golpe, Rafael; Llano, Luis A. Perez de; Olalla, Castro-Anon [The Respiratory Service, Hospital Lucus Augusti, Lugo (Spain)], e-mail: Rafael.golpe.gomez@sergas.es; Vazquez-Caruncho, Manuel [The Radiology Service, Hospital Lucus Augusti, Lugo (Spain); Gonzalez-Juanatey, Carlos [The Cardiology Service, Hospital Lucus Augusti, Lugo (Spain); Farinas, Maria Carmen [Internal Medicine Dept., Hospital Univ. Marques de Valdecilla, Santander (Spain)

    2012-09-15

    Background: The incidence and clinical significance of pulmonary residual thrombosis 6 months after an acute pulmonary embolism (PE) are still not well-known. Purpose: To evaluate the association between residual vascular obstruction and the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) recurrence or death. Material and Methods: Computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) was repeated in 97 consecutive patients 6 months after an acute episode of hemodynamically stable pulmonary embolism. We assessed the long-term consequences of residual thrombosis on vital status and incidence of recurrent VTE. Results: Six patients were lost for follow-up. The remaining 91 patients were classified according to the presence (Group 1: 18 cases) or absence (Group 2: 73 cases) of residual pulmonary vascular obstruction. After a mean {+-}SD of 2.91 {+-}0.99 years, there were eight (8.8%) deaths and 11 (12.1%) VTE recurrences. Groups 1 and 2 did not differ in the incidence of death or VTE recurrence. Conclusion: Persistent pulmonary vascular obstruction on 6-month CTPA did not predict long-term adverse outcome events.

  20. Pulmonary embolism excluded acute coronary syndrome by coronarography: a retrospective analysis

    LIU Chun-ping; LI Jun-xia; NIU Li-li; CHEN Hang-wei; TAN Bo; WANG Ya-ping

    2012-01-01

    Background Pulmonary embolism (PE) is often mistaken as acute coronary syndromes (ACS) because of the considerable overlap in their clinical features.We evaluated the factors causing misdiagnosis of PE as ACS and factors that differentiate PE from ACS to improve the diagnosis efficacy of PE.Methods The medical records of 22 consecutive PE patients,between 2001 and 2010,who were initially suspected of ACS were retrieved.ACS was ruled out by coronary artery angiography before a definite diagnosis of PE was given.Twenty-two contemporary cases of ACS matched by age and sex were recruited as controls.Clinical manifestations,electrocardiograms (ECG),and biomarkers of these patients were reviewed retrospectively.The factors causing misdiagnosis of PE as ACS and factors differentiating PE from ACS were evaluated.Results We found two leading causes of misdiagnosis of PE as ACS.One is that PE can resemble ACS in several clinical aspects (symptoms and signs,ECG findings,plasma cardiac troponin I,and D-dimer).The other is the insufficient recognition of PE by clinicians.Risk factors for venous thromboembolism (VTE),especially deep venous thrombosis (DVT),together with signs of PE,such as unexplained dyspnea or hypoxemia,and right ventricular pressure overload on ECGs are valuable in differentiating the two diseases.Conclusions Differentiation between PE and ACS is sometimes challenging.Adequate awareness of the risk factors for VTE and the signs of PE are crucial in the diagnosis of PE.

  1. MicroRNA-134 as a potential plasma biomarker for the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism

    Liu Yi

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Acute pulmonary embolism (APE remains a diagnostic challenge due to a variable clinical presentation and the lack of a reliable screening tool. MicroRNAs (miRNAs regulate gene expression in a wide range of pathophysiologic processes. Circulating miRNAs are emerging biomarkers in heart failure, type 2 diabetes and other disease states; however, using plasma miRNAs as biomarkers for the diagnosis of APE is still unknown. Methods Thirty-two APE patients, 32 healthy controls, and 22 non-APE patients (reported dyspnea, chest pain, or cough were enrolled in this study. The TaqMan miRNA microarray was used to identify dysregulated miRNAs in the plasma of APE patients. The TaqMan-based miRNA quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reactions were used to validate the dysregulated miRNAs. The receiver-operator characteristic (ROC curve analysis was conducted to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of the miRNA identified as the candidate biomarker. Results Plasma miRNA-134 (miR-134 level was significantly higher in the APE patients than in the healthy controls or non-APE patients. The ROC curve showed that plasma miR-134 was a specific diagnostic predictor of APE with an area under the curve of 0.833 (95% confidence interval, 0.737 to 0.929; P Conclusions Our findings indicated that plasma miR-134 could be an important biomarker for the diagnosis of APE. Because of this finding, large-scale investigations are urgently needed to pave the way from basic research to clinical utilization.

  2. A fatal case of acute pulmonary embolism caused by right ventricular masses of acute lymphoblastic lymphoma-leukemia in a 13 year old girl

    Yu Mi Ko Ko

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of a 13-year-old girl with acute lymphoblastic lymphoma- leukemia, who presented with a cardiac metastasis in the right ventricle, resulting in a pulmonary embolism. At the time of her leukemia diagnosis, a cardiac mass was incidentally found. The differential diagnosis for this unusual cardiac mass included cardiac tumor, metastasis, vegetation, and thrombus. Empirical treatment was initiated, including anticoagulation and antibiotics. She underwent plasmapheresis and was administered oral prednisolone for her leukemia. Five days later, she experienced sudden hemodynamic collapse and required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation insertion and emergency surgery. These interventions proved futile, and the patient died. Pathology revealed that the cardiac mass comprised an aggregation of small, round, necrotic cells consistent with leukemia. This is the first known case of acute lymphoblastic leukemia presenting as a right ventricular mass, with consequent fatal acute pulmonary embolism. A cardiac mass in a child with acute leukemia merits investigation to rule out every possible etiology, including vegetation, thrombus, and even a mass of leukemic cells, which could result in the fatal complication of pulmonary embolism.

  3. Plasma copeptin for short term risk stratification in acute pulmonary embolism.

    Wyzgał, Anna; Koć, Marcin; Pacho, Szymon; Bielecki, Maksymilian; Wawrzyniak, Radosław; Kostrubiec, Maciej; Ciurzyński, Michał; Kurnicka, Katarzyna; Goliszek, Sylwia; Paczyńska, Marzena; Palczewski, Piotr; Pruszczyk, Piotr

    2016-05-01

    Copeptin (COP) was reported to have prognostic value in various cardiovascular diseases. We hypothesized that COP levels reflect the severity of acute pulmonary embolism (PE) and may be useful in prognostic assessment. Plasma COP concentrations were measured on the Kryptor Compact Plus platform (BRAHMS, Hennigsdorf, Germany). The study included 107 consecutive patients with diagnosed acute PE (47 males, 60 females), with median age of 65 years (range 20-88). High risk PE was diagnosed in 3 patients (2.8 %), intermediate risk in 69 (64.5 %), and low risk PE in 35 (32.7 %) patients. Control group included 64 subjects (25 males, 39 females; median age 52.5 year, range 17-87). Four patients (3.7 %) died during 30-day observation. Complicated clinical course (CCC) was experienced by 10 (9.3 %) patients. COP level was higher in PE patients than in controls [11.55 pmol/L (5.16-87.97), and 19.00 pmol/L (5.51-351.90), respectively, p < 0.0001], and reflected PE severity. COP plasma concentration in low risk PE was 14.67 nmol/L (5.51-59.61) and in intermediate/high risk PE 19.84 mol/L (5.64-351.90) p < 0.05. Median COP levels in nonsurvivors was higher than in survivors, 84.6 (28.48-351.9) pmol/L and 18.68 (5.512-210.1) pmol/L, respectively, p = 0.009. Subjects with CCC presented higher COP levels than patients with benign clinical course 53.1 (17.95-351.9) pmol/L and 18.16 (5.51-210.1) pmol/L, respectively, p = 0.001. Log-transformed plasma COP was the significant predictor of CCC, OR 16.5 95 % CI 23.2-111.9, p < 0.001. AUC-for prediction of CCC using plasma COP was 0.811 (95 % CI 0.676-0.927). The COP cut off value of 17.95 nmol/l had sensitivity of 100 %, specificity 49.5 %, positive predictive value of 16.9 % and negative predictive value of 100 %. We conclude that plasma COP levels can be regarded for promising marker of severity of acute PE and show potential in risk stratification of these patients. PMID:26438275

  4. Thrombolytic therapy in pulmonary embolism.

    Nagi, D

    2010-01-01

    Massive pulmonary embolism carries a high mortality. Potential treatment includes anticoagulation, thrombolytic therapy and embolectomy. We report a case of deep vein thrombosis leading to progressive massive pulmonary embolism despite appropriate anticoagulation, where thrombolysis with IVC filter placement resulted in a successful outcome.

  5. Pulmonary embolism in adolescents

    MA Qing-bian; YAO Wan-zhen; CHEN Jian-ming; GE Hong-xia; LI Shu; ZHENG Ya-an

    2012-01-01

    Background Pulmonary embolism (PE) is rare and seldom considered in adolescent patients; however it occurs with a greater frequency than is generally recognized,and it is a potentially fatal condition.The aim of the current study was to understand its epidemiology,clinical features and the cause of delay of its diagnosis in adolescents.Methods A retrospective analysis of nine adolescents with acute PE admitted to the Peking University Third Hospital over the past 16-year period was performed.The epidemiology,clinical features and risk factors of the adolescents were described and compared with those of adults and elderly patients.The time to diagnosis and misdiagnosed diseases were analyzed.Pretest probability of PE was assessed retrospectively by the Wells score and revised Geneva score.Results The incidence of PE was 43.6 per 100 000 hospitalized adolescents in our hospital.The incidence of PE in adolescents was much lower than that in adults and PE is diagnosed in about 1/50 of elderly people.The clinical features in adolescents were similar to those in adults.But fever and chest pain were more common in adolescents (P<0.05).The major risk factors included surgery,systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE),thrombocytopenia,long-term oral glucocorticoids and trauma.The mean diagnostic time was (7.8±8.4) days.Six cases had a delayed diagnosis.The mean delay time from symptom onset to diagnosis was (11.0±8.8) days.The time of presentation to diagnosis in patients initially admitted to the emergency department was less than one day,and was much shorter than the time in outpatients,(9.4±7.5) days.Most of the patients were initially misdiagnosed with a respiratory tract infection.Most patients' values of Wells score or revised Geneva score were in the moderate or high clinical probability categories; 88% by Well score vs.100% by revised Geneva score.Conclusions PE was seldom considered in the adolescent patients by physicians,especially outpatient physicians,so the

  6. PULMONARY EMBOLISM: DIAGNOSIS BY FOUNDATIONS

    Грабовський, Ю. В.

    2015-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) – this obstruction pulmonary arterial clot (embolus or) formed in the venous system, the right atrium and right ventricle of the heart, or other material that ended up in the pulmonary circulation (droplets of fat, bone marrow, tumor cells, air, parasites, fragments of catheters etc.), resulting in lung parenchyma preryvayetsya circulation. This leads to the development of hypertension, pulmonary circulation and compensated or decompensated pulmonary heart. This is one...

  7. Dual energy CT pulmonary blood volume assessment in acute pulmonary embolism - correlation with D-dimer level, right heart strain and clinical outcome

    Bauer, Ralf W.; Frellesen, Claudia; Schell, Boris; Lehnert, Thomas; Jacobi, Volkmar; Vogl, Thomas J.; Kerl, J.M. [Clinic of the Goethe University, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Frankfurt (Germany); Renker, Matthias [Clinic of the Goethe University, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Frankfurt (Germany); Medical University of South Carolina, Heart and Vascular Center, Ashley River Tower, Charleston, SC (United States); Ackermann, Hanns [Clinic of the Goethe University, Department of Biostatistics and Mathematical Modelling, Frankfurt (Germany); Schoepf, U.J. [Medical University of South Carolina, Heart and Vascular Center, Ashley River Tower, Charleston, SC (United States)

    2011-09-15

    To investigate the role of perfusion defect (PD) size on dual energy CT pulmonary blood volume assessment as predictor of right heart strain and patient outcome and its correlation with d-dimer levels in acute pulmonary embolism (PE). 53 patients with acute PE who underwent DECT pulmonary angiography were retrospectively analyzed. Pulmonary PD size caused by PE was measured on DE iodine maps and quantified absolutely (VolPD) and relatively to the total lung volume (RelPD). Signs of right heart strain (RHS) on CT were determined. Information on d-dimer levels and readmission for recurrent onset of PE and death was collected. D-dimer level was mildly (r = 0.43-0.47) correlated with PD size. Patients with RHS had significantly higher VolPD (215 vs. 73 ml) and RelPD (9.9 vs. 2.9%) than patients without RHS (p < 0.003). There were 2 deaths and 1 readmission due of PE in 18 patients with >5% RelPD, while no such events were found for patients with <5% RelPD. Pulmonary blood volume on DECT in acute PE correlates with RHS and appears to be a predictor of patient outcome in this pilot study. (orig.)

  8. Pulmonary embolism and cor pulmonale in a cat

    A 14-year-old male neutered cat experienced pulmonary embolism 15 days following surgical debridement of a recurrent dorsolumbar abscess. Clinical signs were dominated by respiratory distress. Pulmonary embolism was suggested from the lateral thoracic radiograph by the presence of an abruptly attenuated lobar artery and a contiguous oligaemic area in the caudal lung lobe. Pulmonary hypertension was demonstrated on Doppler echocardiography by right pulmonary artery dilation and tricuspid regurgitation raising the pulmonary arterial pressure to 56 mmHg. Chronic pulmonary hypertension, assumed from right ventricular wall hypertrophy, and hypokinesia, indicating chronic cor pulmonale, was suggestive of chronic rather than acute pulmonary embolism. Postmortem histological evidence of pulmonary arteriolar occlusion confirmed the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

  9. Acute pulmonary embolism in the era of multi-detector CT: a reality in sub-Saharan Africa

    The advantages of multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) have made it the imaging modality of choice for some patients with suspected cardiothoracic disease, of which pulmonary embolism (PE) is an exponent. The aim of this study was to assess the incidence of PE in patients with clinical suspicion of acute PE using MDCT in a sub-Saharan setting, and to describe the demographic characteristics of these patients. Consecutive records of patients who underwent MDCT pulmonary angiography for suspected acute PE over a two-year period at the Radiology Department of a university-affiliated hospital were systematically reviewed. All MDCT pulmonary angiograms were performed with a 16-detector computed tomography (CT) scanner using real-time bolus tracking technique. Authorization for the study was obtained from the institutional authorities. Forty-one MDCT pulmonary angiograms were reviewed of which 37 were retained. Of the 4 excluded studies, 3 were repeat angiograms and 1 study was not technically adequate. Twelve of 37 patients (32.4%) had CT angiograms that were positive for PE, of which 7 were males. The mean age of these patients was 47.6±10.5 years (age range from 33 to 65 years). Twenty five patients out of 37 (67.6%) had CT angiograms that were negative for PE. Eleven PE-positive patients (91.7%) had at least 1 identifiable thromboembolic risk factor whilst 5 PE-negative patients (20%) also had at least a thromboembolic risk factor. The relative risk of the occurrence of PE in patients with at least a thromboembolic risk factor was estimated at 14.4. Acute PE is a reality in sub-Saharan Africa, with an increased likelihood of MDCT evidence in patients with clinical suspicion of PE who have at least a thromboembolic risk factor. The increasing availability of MDCT will help provide more information on the occurrence of PE in these settings

  10. Relationship between scintigraphic probability and angiographic certainty in acute pulmonary embolism

    Objective: To determine if the angiographic findings correlate with the scintigraphic probability for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE). Methods: From a total of 160 consecutive patients who underwent both nuclear imaging and invasive selective pulmonary angiography we reviewed the ventilation (Xe-133 in 2 oblique posterior views) and perfusion (Tc-MAA) (VQ) scans and selective angiograms of those 40 patients (15 men; 25 women, average age 57) who were discharged from hospital on anticoagulants with a diagnosis of PE. Results: the VQ scans were read as high (N=18; 45%), intermediate (N=10; 25%) or low (N=12; 30%) probability. The angiograms were interpreted as either positive (filling defect, trailing embolus or branch occlusion) (N=29; 73%), single tiny embolus (single small sub-segmental filling defect) (N=5; 12%), or equivocal (N=6; 15%). The distribution of the angiographic sub-groups among the 3 scintigraphic categories is presented. Conclusion: In patients diagnosed with PE based on selective angiography, a lower probability of PE on VQ scintigraphy correlates with a lesser degree of diagnostic certainty on angiography. (author)

  11. Treatment of Massive or Submassive Acute Pulmonary Embolism With Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis.

    Mostafa, Ashraf; Briasoulis, Alexandros; Telila, Tesfaye; Belgrave, Kevin; Grines, Cindy

    2016-03-15

    The presentation of acute pulmonary thromboembolism (PE) can be highly variable resulting in diagnostic challenges and management difficulties. Current guidelines suggest that therapy must be adjusted based on the severity of PE presentation. Systemic thrombolysis is the standard therapy for acute massive PE; however, systemic thrombolysis carries an estimated 20% risk of major hemorrhage, including a 3% to 5% risk of hemorrhagic stroke. There are data supporting the use of catheter-directed therapy (CDT) in massive and submassive PE, but past studies have limited its use to patients in whom systemic thrombolysis has either failed or was contraindicated. There is a paucity of data comparing the efficacy of CDT compared to systemic thrombolysis in different risk groups. This review will summarize the available data on the techniques and indications and outcomes of CDT for acute PE. PMID:26833207

  12. Alveolar dead space and capnographic variables before and after thrombolysis in patients with acute pulmonary embolism

    Marcos Mello Moreira

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Marcos Mello Moreira1, Renato G G Terzi1, Carlos Heitor N Carvalho2, Antonio Francisco de Oliveira Neto3, Mônica Corso Pereira4, Ilma Aparecida Paschoal41Department of Surgery, State University of Campinas, School of Medical Sciences; 2Department of Cardiology, State University of Campinas, School of Medical Sciences; 3Intensive Care Unit of the State University of Campinas, School of Medical Sciences; 4Department of Pulmonology, State University of Campinas, School of Medical Sciences, Campinas, BrazilAbstract: Pulmonary embolism (PE is a common condition. The central aim of this study was to describe the use of volumetric capnography (VCap before and after fibrinolytic treatment of major PE. Lung scintigraphy was used as a base of comparison for the results of this treatment. We describe the cases of two conscious and spontaneously breathing patients (20- and 24-year-old women with major PE undergoing thrombolysis. Curves of CO2 were obtained by VCap and associated with arterial blood gas analysis and D-dimer. The pattern of VCap was compared with the VCap of health volunteers. Parameters also calculated were: P(a-etCO2 gradient, alveolar dead space fraction (AVDSf , late dead space fraction (f Dlate, and slope phase III (Slp III. The VCap results before and after thrombolysis for patients 1 and 2 were, respectively, P(a-etCO2: 12.6 to 5.8 and 7.9 to 1.6 (mmHg; AVDSf: 0.46 to 0.18 and 0.25 to 0.05; fDlate: 0.46 to 0.21 and 0.24 to 0.04; Slp III: 1.75 to 5.10 and 1.21 to 5.61 (mmHg/L. Lung scintigraphy was used to compare VCap results from the two subjects with VCap results from healthy volunteers and pigs before and after treatment associated with arterial blood gas, D-dimer, and showed satisfactory agreement.Keywords: pulmonary embolism, capnography, respiratory dead space, thrombolysis, fibrin fibrinogen degradation products/fibrin fragment D

  13. Triage for suspected acute Pulmonary Embolism: Think before opening Pandora's Box

    Levin, David [Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (United States); Seo, Joon Beom [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kiely, David G. [Sheffield Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit, M-15, M-Floor, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Hatabu, Hiroto [Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women' s Hospital and Harvard Medical School Boston, MA (United States); Gefter, Warren [Department of Radiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Beek, Edwin J.R. van [Clinical Research Imaging Centre, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (United Kingdom); Schiebler, Mark L., E-mail: mschiebler@uwhealth.org [Department of Radiology, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53792-3252 (United States)

    2015-06-15

    This is a review of the current strengths and weaknesses of the various imaging modalities available for the diagnosis of suspected non-massive Pulmonary Embolism (PE). Without careful consideration for the clinical presentation, and the timely application of clinical decision support (CDS) methodology, the current overutilization of imaging resources for this disease will continue. For a patient with a low clinical risk profile and a negative D-dimer there is no reason to consider further workup with imaging; as the negative predictive value in this scenario is the same as imaging. While the current efficacy and effectiveness data support the continued use of Computed Tomographic angiography (CTA) as the imaging golden standard for the diagnosis of PE; this test does have the unintended consequences of radiation exposure, possible overdiagnosis and overuse. There is a persistent lack of appreciation on the part of ordering physicians for the effectiveness of the alternatives to CTA (ventilation–perfusion imaging and contrast enhanced magnetic resonance angiography) in these patients. Careful use of standardized protocols for patient triage and the application of CDS will allow for a better use of imaging resources.

  14. Triage for suspected acute Pulmonary Embolism: Think before opening Pandora's Box

    This is a review of the current strengths and weaknesses of the various imaging modalities available for the diagnosis of suspected non-massive Pulmonary Embolism (PE). Without careful consideration for the clinical presentation, and the timely application of clinical decision support (CDS) methodology, the current overutilization of imaging resources for this disease will continue. For a patient with a low clinical risk profile and a negative D-dimer there is no reason to consider further workup with imaging; as the negative predictive value in this scenario is the same as imaging. While the current efficacy and effectiveness data support the continued use of Computed Tomographic angiography (CTA) as the imaging golden standard for the diagnosis of PE; this test does have the unintended consequences of radiation exposure, possible overdiagnosis and overuse. There is a persistent lack of appreciation on the part of ordering physicians for the effectiveness of the alternatives to CTA (ventilation–perfusion imaging and contrast enhanced magnetic resonance angiography) in these patients. Careful use of standardized protocols for patient triage and the application of CDS will allow for a better use of imaging resources

  15. Triage for suspected acute Pulmonary Embolism: Think before opening Pandora's Box.

    Levin, David; Seo, Joon Beom; Kiely, David G; Hatabu, Hiroto; Gefter, Warren; van Beek, Edwin J R; Schiebler, Mark L

    2015-06-01

    This is a review of the current strengths and weaknesses of the various imaging modalities available for the diagnosis of suspected non-massive Pulmonary Embolism (PE). Without careful consideration for the clinical presentation, and the timely application of clinical decision support (CDS) methodology, the current overutilization of imaging resources for this disease will continue. For a patient with a low clinical risk profile and a negative D-dimer there is no reason to consider further workup with imaging; as the negative predictive value in this scenario is the same as imaging. While the current efficacy and effectiveness data support the continued use of Computed Tomographic angiography (CTA) as the imaging golden standard for the diagnosis of PE; this test does have the unintended consequences of radiation exposure, possible overdiagnosis and overuse. There is a persistent lack of appreciation on the part of ordering physicians for the effectiveness of the alternatives to CTA (ventilation-perfusion imaging and contrast enhanced magnetic resonance angiography) in these patients. Careful use of standardized protocols for patient triage and the application of CDS will allow for a better use of imaging resources. PMID:25864020

  16. Experimental evaluation of a new retrievable inferior vena cava filter for protection from acute pulmonary embolism in canine

    Objective: To evaluate the validity, safety and feasibility of a new retrieval inferior vena cava filter for the prevention of pulmonary embolism in an animal model. Methods: The model of deep iliofemoral venous thrombosis was established in 12 experimental dogs. In control group(6 experimental dogs), the deep venous thrombosis was made to fall off directly. In experimental group (6 experimental dogs), the deep venous thrombosis was made to fall off with an implanted filter in inferior vena cava. The filter's thrombus-trapping efficacy was evaluated by angiography of pulmonary artery, measurement of the mean pressure of pulmonary artery and arterial oxygen saturation before and after the deep venous thrombus falling off. Results: All filters implanted in the experimental dogs could successfully capture clot coming from deep venous thrombosis. There was no case of pulmonary embolism in experimental groups. On the other hand, pulmonary embolism occurred following the fall of deep venous thrombus in all dogs of control group. Conclusion: The retrievable inferior vena cava filter can effectively prevent from the pulmonary embolism due to falling off of the emboli from deep venous thrombosis. The process of implantation and retrieval is relatively simple and easy. (authors)

  17. D-dimer testing for safe exclusion and risk stratification in patients with acute pulmonary embolism in primary care

    Zhou Yin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Safe exclusion and risk stratification are currently recommended for the initial management of patients with acute pulmonary embolism (APE. The aim of this study was to assess the safe exclusion and risk stratification value of D-dimer (DD for APE when tested at the beginning of admission. Materials and Methods: All consecutive Chinese APE patients and controls were recruited from January 2010 to December 2012. All measurements of serum indexes were made in duplicate and blinded to the patients′ status. All the 40 patients with the first episode of APE were confirmed by multi-detector computed tomographic pulmonary angiography. The plasma prothrombin time (PT, activated partial thromboplastin time, thrombin time, fibrinogen, and DD levels were measured within 24 h of admission. We used the Mann-Whitney U-test to determine the differences between groups and drew receiver operator characteristic curve to evaluate the indexes′ value in the APE screening. Results: The PT and DD in the APE group were significantly higher than those in the disease control group (P 1820 μg/L as cut-off value, the sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value was 82.5%, 75.2%, 56.9%, and 91.6%, respectively. Conclusion: The patients with APE showed significant higher DD levels compared with disease controls, suggesting a negative qualitative DD test result can safely and efficiently exclude APE in primary care.

  18. Lung cancer mimicking massive pulmonary embolism

    Kaier, Thomas Edward; Madani, Yasser

    2012-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common finding in patients with underlying malignancy and is the commonest cause of acute cor pulmonale. A 65-year-old woman with a background of non-small-cell lung cancer presented to the emergency department with nausea and vomiting after starting erlotinib; she was pyrexial and had raised C-reactive protein. Despite aggressive fluid resuscitation and antibiotics the patient remained tachycardic, hypotensive, profoundly hypoxic and had a persistent raised jugul...

  19. Successful Management of Intraoperative Acute Bilateral Pulmonary Embolism in a High Grade Astrocytoma Patient.

    Khraise, Wail N; Allouh, Mohammed Z; Hiasat, Mohammad Y; Said, Raed S

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND Intraoperative pulmonary embolism (PE) is a rare life-threatening complication in patients undergoing surgical intervention. Generally, cancer patients have a higher risk for developing this complication. Unfortunately, there is no standard procedure for its management. CASE REPORT We report the case of a 39-year-old woman with high-grade glioma in the right frontal lobe who was admitted to the surgical theater for craniotomy and excision of the tumor. During the general anesthesia procedure and just before inserting the central venous line, her end-tidal CO2 and O2 saturation dropped sharply. The anesthesiologist quickly responded with an aggressive resuscitation procedure that included aspiration through the central venous line, 100% O2, and IV administration of ephedrine 6 mg, colloid 500 mL, normal saline 500 mL, and heparin 5000 IU. The patient was extubated and remained in the supine position until she regained consciousness and her vital signs returned to normal. Subsequent radiological examination revealed a massive bilateral PE. A retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter was inserted, and enoxaparin anticoagulant therapy was prescribed to stabilize the patient's condition. After 3 weeks, she underwent an uneventful craniotomy procedure and was discharged a week later under the enoxaparin therapy. CONCLUSIONS The successful management of intraoperative PE requires a quick, accurate diagnosis accompanied with an aggressive, fast response. Anesthesiologists are usually the ones who are held accountable for the diagnosis and early management of this complication. They must be aware of the possibility of such a complication and be ready to react properly and decisively in the operation theater. PMID:27578311

  20. Catheter-Directed Therapy in Acute Pulmonary Embolism with Right Ventricular Dysfunction: A Promising Modality to Provide Early Hemodynamic Recovery.

    Gorek Dilektasli, Asli; Demirdogen Cetinoglu, Ezgi; Acet, Nilufer Aylin; Erdogan, Cuneyt; Ursavas, Ahmet; Ozkaya, Guven; Coskun, Funda; Karadag, Mehmet; Ege, Ercument

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND Catheter-directed therapy (CDT) for pulmonary embolism (PE) is considered as an alternative to systemic thrombolysis (ST) in patients with hemodynamically unstable acute PE who are considered at high bleeding risk for ST. We aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of CDT in the management of acute PE with right ventricular dysfunction (RVD). The primary outcomes were mortality, clinical success, and complications. Secondary outcomes were change in hemodynamic parameters in the first 24 hours following the procedure. MATERIAL AND METHODS Medical records of consecutive patients diagnosed as having acute massive or submassive PE with accompanying RVD treated by immediate CDT at our institution from January 2007 to January 2014 were reviewed. Patient characteristics, mortality, achievement of clinical success, and minor and major bleeding complications were analyzed in the overall study group, as well as massive vs. submassive PE subgroups. Change in hemodynamic parameters in the second, eighth, and 24th hours after the CDT procedure were also analyzed. RESULTS The study included 15 consecutive patients (M/F=10/5) with a mean age of 54.2±16.6 years who underwent immediate CDT. Nine of the patients had submassive PE, and 6 had massive PE. In-hospital mortality rate was 13.3% (95% CI, 0.04-0.38). One major, but not life-threatening, bleeding episode was evident in the whole group. Hemodynamic parameters were stabilized and clinical success was achieved in 14/15 (93.3%; 95% CI, 70.2-98.8) of the patients in the first 24 hours. Notably, the hemodynamic recovery was significantly evident in the first 8 hours after the procedure. CONCLUSIONS CDT is a promising treatment option for patients with acute PE with RVD with no fatal bleeding complication. In experienced centers, CDT should be considered as a first-line treatment for patients with acute PE and RVD and contraindications for ST, with the advantage of providing early hemodynamic recovery. PMID:27081754

  1. Foreign body pulmonary embolism.

    Rief, Peter; Belaj, Klara; Smaczny, Nicole; Augustin, Michael; Eller, Philipp; Brodmann, Marianne; Pilger, Ernst

    2013-06-01

    We report a case of a foreign body embolism caused by a tip of an explanted port-a-cath system. The embolus could be removed with a gooseneck snare catheter, the patient fully recovered. PMID:23765525

  2. Accuracy of helical CT for acute pulmonary embolism: ROC analysis of observer performance related to clinical experience

    The aim of this study was to test the influence of observer experience on the accuracy for interpreting helical CT for acute pulmonary embolism (PE) and to identify sources of observer errors. Three observers of different expertise blindly assessed 147 helical CT scans for suspected PE (true status regarding absence or presence of PE known from independent reference studies). These observers were (a) an experienced CT radiologist, (b) a fellow in CT, and (c) a second-year resident without any formal training in CT. None of them had prior experience with CT for PE. Firstly, 70 CT scans were scored without revealing true PE status. Afterwards, feedback was provided and another 77 CT scans were evaluated. The CT scans were scored on a 5-point confidence scale and receiver-operator-characteristic analysis was performed. Different sources of interpretation errors were analyzed. The two observers with CT experience were significantly more accurate than the unexperienced observer. Their performance was not influenced by feedback training. Certain observer errors were identified, but there was no clear difference among the three observers considering the type of errors. There is significant influence of observer experience on accuracy of reading helical CT for PE: A basic working experience with whole-body CT seems to be a prerequisite. These results suggest that with this experience any radiologist should be able to achieve good accuracy; helical CT thus might become a suitable technique for acute PE in routine clinical practice. (orig.)

  3. Imaging of acute pulmonary embolism using a dual energy CT system with rapid kVp switching: Initial results

    Geyer, Lucas L., E-mail: Lucas.Geyer@med.uni-muenchen.de [Department of Clinical Radiology, Medical Center of the University of Munich, Nussbaumstraße 20, 80336 Munich (Germany); Scherr, Michael, E-mail: michael.scherr@med.uni-muenchen.de [Department of Clinical Radiology, Medical Center of the University of Munich, Nussbaumstraße 20, 80336 Munich (Germany); Körner, Markus, E-mail: markus.koerner@med.uni-muenchen.de [Department of Clinical Radiology, Medical Center of the University of Munich, Nussbaumstraße 20, 80336 Munich (Germany); Wirth, Stefan, E-mail: stefan.wirth@med.uni-muenchen.de [Department of Clinical Radiology, Medical Center of the University of Munich, Nussbaumstraße 20, 80336 Munich (Germany); Deak, Paul, E-mail: paul.deak@ge.com [GE Healthcare, Oskar-Schlemmer-Straße 11, 80807 Munich (Germany); Reiser, Maximilian F., E-mail: maximilian.reiser@med.uni-muenchen.de [Department of Clinical Radiology, Medical Center of the University of Munich, Nussbaumstraße 20, 80336 Munich (Germany); Linsenmaier, Ulrich, E-mail: ulrich.linsenmaier@med.uni-muenchen.de [Department of Clinical Radiology, Medical Center of the University of Munich, Nussbaumstraße 20, 80336 Munich (Germany)

    2012-12-15

    Purpose: Computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) is considered as clinical gold standard for diagnosing pulmonary embolism (PE). Whereas conventional CTPA only offers anatomic information, dual energy CT (DECT) provides functional information on blood volume as surrogate of perfusion by assessing the pulmonary iodine distribution. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of lung perfusion imaging using a single-tube DECT scanner with rapid kVp switching. Materials and methods: Fourteen patients with suspicion of acute PE underwent DECT. Two experienced radiologists assessed the CTPA images and lung perfusion maps regarding the presence of PE. The image quality was rated using a semi-quantitative 5-point scale: 1 (=excellent) to 5 (=non-diagnostic). Iodine concentrations were quantified by a ROI analysis. Results: Seventy perfusion defects were identified in 266 lung segments: 13 (19%) were rated as consistent with PE. Five patients had signs of PE at CTPA. All patients with occlusive clots were correctly identified by DECT perfusion maps. On a per patient basis the sensitivity and specificity were 80.0% and 88.9%, respectively, while on a per segment basis it was 40.0% and 97.6%, respectively. None of the patients with a homogeneous perfusion map had an abnormal CTPA. The overall image quality of the perfusion maps was rated with a mean score of 2.6 ± 0.6. There was a significant ventrodorsal gradient of the median iodine concentrations (1.1 mg/cm{sup 3} vs. 1.7 mg/cm{sup 3}). Conclusion: Lung perfusion imaging on a DE CT-system with fast kVp-switching is feasible. DECT might be a helpful adjunct to assess the clinical severity of PE.

  4. SPECT/CT and pulmonary embolism

    Mortensen, Jann; Gutte, Henrik

    2013-01-01

    Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is diagnosed either by ventilation/perfusion (V/P) scintigraphy or pulmonary CT angiography (CTPA). In recent years both techniques have improved. Many nuclear medicine centres have adopted the single photon emission CT (SPECT) technique as opposed to the planar technique for diagnosing PE. SPECT has been shown to have fewer indeterminate results and a higher diagnostic value. The latest improvement is the combination of a low-dose CT scan with a V/P SPECT scan i...

  5. Comparison of V/Q SPECT and planar V/Q lung scintigraphy in diagnosing acute pulmonary embolism

    Borgwardt, Henrik Gutte; Mortensen, Jann; Jensen, Claus Verner;

    2010-01-01

    Planar ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy is currently the standard method for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) in most nuclear medicine centers. However, recent studies have shown a superior sensitivity and specificity when applying V/Q single photon emission computed tomography...

  6. Rarity of isolated pulmonary embolism and acute aortic syndrome occurring outside of the field of view of dedicated coronary CT angiography

    Background Although triple rule-out CT angiography (TRO) to simultaneously evaluate acute coronary syndrome (ACS), pulmonary embolism (PE), and acute aortic syndrome (AAS) is increasingly used in many institutions, TRO is inevitably associated with increased radiation exposure due to extended z-axis coverage compared with dedicated coronary CT angiography (DCTA). Purpose To determine the frequency of exclusion of findings of AAS, PE, and significant incidental non-cardiac pathology that may be the cause of acute chest pain when using a restricted DCTA field of view (FOV). Material and Methods We retrospectively reviewed CT images and charts of 103 patients with acute PE and 50 patients with AAS. Either non-ECG gated dedicated pulmonary or aortic CT angiography was performed using 16- or 64-slice multidetector CT (MDCT). We analyzed the incidence of isolated PE, AAS, or significant non-cardiac pathology outside of DCTA FOV (i.e. from tracheal carina to the base of heart). Results There were two cases of isolated PE (2/103, 1.9%) excluded from the FOV of DCTA. One case of PE was isolated to the subsegmental pulmonary artery in the posterior segment of the right upper lobe. In the second case, pulmonary embolism in the left main pulmonary artery was located out of the FOV of DCTA because the left main pulmonary artery was retracted upwardly by fibrotic scar in the left upper lobe due to prior tuberculosis. There was no case of AAS and significant non-cardiac pathology excluded from the FOV of DCTA. AAS (n = 50) consisted of penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer (n = 7), intramural hematoma (n = 5) and aortic dissection (n = 38). Conclusion As isolated PE, AAS, and significant non-cardiac pathology outside of the DCTA FOV rarely occur, DCTA may replace TRO in the evaluation of patients with non-specific acute chest pain and a low pre-test probability of PE or aortic dissection

  7. Rarity of isolated pulmonary embolism and acute aortic syndrome occurring outside of the field of view of dedicated coronary CT angiography

    Lee, Hwa Yeon; Song, In Sup (Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology Chung-Ang Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)); Yoo, Seung Min; Rho, Ji Young (Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology CHA Medical Univ. Hospital, Bundang (Korea, Republic of)), email: smyoo68@hanmail.net; Moon, Jae Youn; Kim, In Jai; Lim, Sang Wook; Sung, Jung Hoon; Cha, Dong Hun (Dept. of Cardiology CHA Medical Univ. Hospital, Bundang (Korea, Republic of)); White, Charles S. (Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore (United States))

    2011-05-15

    Background Although triple rule-out CT angiography (TRO) to simultaneously evaluate acute coronary syndrome (ACS), pulmonary embolism (PE), and acute aortic syndrome (AAS) is increasingly used in many institutions, TRO is inevitably associated with increased radiation exposure due to extended z-axis coverage compared with dedicated coronary CT angiography (DCTA). Purpose To determine the frequency of exclusion of findings of AAS, PE, and significant incidental non-cardiac pathology that may be the cause of acute chest pain when using a restricted DCTA field of view (FOV). Material and Methods We retrospectively reviewed CT images and charts of 103 patients with acute PE and 50 patients with AAS. Either non-ECG gated dedicated pulmonary or aortic CT angiography was performed using 16- or 64-slice multidetector CT (MDCT). We analyzed the incidence of isolated PE, AAS, or significant non-cardiac pathology outside of DCTA FOV (i.e. from tracheal carina to the base of heart). Results There were two cases of isolated PE (2/103, 1.9%) excluded from the FOV of DCTA. One case of PE was isolated to the subsegmental pulmonary artery in the posterior segment of the right upper lobe. In the second case, pulmonary embolism in the left main pulmonary artery was located out of the FOV of DCTA because the left main pulmonary artery was retracted upwardly by fibrotic scar in the left upper lobe due to prior tuberculosis. There was no case of AAS and significant non-cardiac pathology excluded from the FOV of DCTA. AAS (n = 50) consisted of penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer (n = 7), intramural hematoma (n = 5) and aortic dissection (n = 38). Conclusion As isolated PE, AAS, and significant non-cardiac pathology outside of the DCTA FOV rarely occur, DCTA may replace TRO in the evaluation of patients with non-specific acute chest pain and a low pre-test probability of PE or aortic dissection

  8. The Evaluation of Serum Copeptin Levels and Some Commonly Seen Thrombophilic Mutation Prevalence in Acute Pulmonary Embolism.

    Ozturk, Nurinnisa; Baygutalp, Nurcan Kilic; Bayramoglu, Atif; Polat, Harun; Gul, Mehmet Ali; Bakan, Ebubekir; Aslan, Sahin; Gunes, Ozge Nur

    2016-06-01

    Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common, emergent condition and may affect a large number of patients. Copeptin has been indicated to be a sensitive biomarker of arginine vasopressin release, and has diagnostic and prognostic value in various clinical conditions. Genetic mutations are considerable components of thrombophilic diseases, and factor II gene G20210A, (FII20210A), factor V Leiden (FVL, G1691A) and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene C677T (MTHFR677T) single nucleotide polymorphisms are the most common mutations of thrombophilic diseases. In this study, serum copeptin levels were determined in patients with PE and healthy controls, and the results were discussed. The prevalence of some commonly seen thrombophilic mutations was also evaluated in patients with PE. The study included 32 patients (18 male, 14 female) with PE and 24 (13 male, 11 female) age- and gender-matched healthy controls. A significant difference in serum copeptin levels was determined between the patient and control groups (8.58 ± 4.42 and 4.07 ± 1.02 pmol/L, respectively). Heterozygous mutant genotype for FII20210A and heterozygous mutant genotype for FVL were observed in 3.1 and 9.4% of patients, respectively. Mutant genotype of 49% was determined for MTHFR677T mutations. It was concluded that copeptin may have diagnostic value for PE. PMID:26886096

  9. Added value of lung perfused blood volume images using dual-energy CT for assessment of acute pulmonary embolism

    Okada, Munemasa, E-mail: radokada@yamaguchi-u.ac.jp [Department of Radiology, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, 1-1-1 Minamikogushi, Ube, Yamaguchi 755-8505 (Japan); Kunihiro, Yoshie [Department of Radiology, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, 1-1-1 Minamikogushi, Ube, Yamaguchi 755-8505 (Japan); Nakashima, Yoshiteru [Department of Radiology, Yamaguchi Grand Medical Center, Oosaki 77, Hofu, Yamaguchi 747-8511 (Japan); Nomura, Takafumi [Department of Radiology, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, 1-1-1 Minamikogushi, Ube, Yamaguchi 755-8505 (Japan); Kudomi, Shohei; Yonezawa, Teppei [Department of Radiology, Yamaguchi University Hospital, 1-1-1 Minamikogushi, Ube, Yamaguchi 755-8505 (Japan); Suga, Kazuyoshi [Department of Radiology, St. Hills Hospital, Imamurakita 3-7-18, Ube, Yamaguchi 755-0155 (Japan); Matsunaga, Naofumi [Department of Radiology, Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine, 1-1-1 Minamikogushi, Ube, Yamaguchi 755-8505 (Japan)

    2015-01-15

    Purpose: To investigate the added value of lung perfused blood volume (LPBV) using dual-energy CT for the evaluation of intrapulmonary clot (IPC) in patients suspected of having acute pulmonary embolism (PE). Materials and methods: Institutional review board approval was obtained for this retrospective study. Eighty-three patients suspected of having PE who underwent CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) using a dual-energy technique were enrolled in this study. Two radiologists who were blinded retrospectively and independently reviewed CTPA images alone and the combined images with color-coded LPBV over a 4-week interval, and two separate sessions were performed with a one-month interval. Inter- and intraobserver variability and diagnostic accuracy were evaluated for each reviewer with receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis. Results: Values for inter- and intraobserver agreement, respectively, were better for CTPA combined with LPBV (ICC = 0.847 and 0.937) than CTPA alone (ICC = 0.748 and 0.861). For both readers, diagnostic accuracy (area under the ROC curve [A{sub z}]) were also superior, when CTPA alone (A{sub z} = 0.888 [reader 1] and 0.912 [reader 2]) was compared with that after the combination with LPBV images (A{sub z} = 0.966 [reader 1] and 0.959 [reader 2]) (p < 0.001). However, A{sub z} values of both images might not have significant difference in statistics, because A{sub z} value of CTPA alone was high and 95% confidence intervals overlapped in both images. Conclusion: Addition of dual-energy perfusion CT to CTPA improves detection of peripheral IPCs with better interobserver agreement.

  10. Comparison of isoflurane and α-chloralose in an anesthetized swine model of acute pulmonary embolism producing right ventricular dysfunction.

    Beam, Daren M; Neto-Neves, Evandro M; Stubblefield, William B; Alves, Nathan J; Tune, Johnathan D; Kline, Jeffrey A

    2015-02-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death, and a model is needed for testing potential treatments. In developing a model, we compared the hemodynamic effects of isoflurane and α-chloralose in an acute swine model of PE because the choice of anesthesia will likely affect the cardiovascular responses of an animal to PE. At baseline, swine that received α-chloralose (n = 6) had a lower heart rate and cardiac output and higher SpO2, end-tidal CO2, and mean arterial pressure than did those given isoflurane (n = 9). After PE induction, swine given α-chloralose compared with isoflurane exhibited a lower heart rate (63 ± 10 compared with 116 ± 15 bpm) and peripheral arterial pressure (52 ± 12 compared with 61 ± 12 mm Hg); higher SpO2 (98% ± 3% compared with 95% ± 1%), end-tidal CO2 (35 ± 4 compared with 32 ± 5), and systolic blood pressure (121 ± 8 compared with 104 ± 20 mm Hg); and equivalent right ventricular:left ventricular ratios (1.32 ± 0.50 compared with 1.23 ± 0.19) and troponin I mean values (0.09 ± 0.07 ng/mL compared with 0.09 ± 0.06 ng/mL). Isoflurane was associated with widely variable fibrinogen and activated partial thromboplastin time. Intraexperiment mortality was 0 of 6 animals for α-chloralose and 2 of 9 swine for isoflurane. All swine anesthetized with α-chloralose survived with sustained pulmonary hypertension, RV-dilation-associated cardiac injury without the confounding vasodilatory or coagulatory effects of isoflurane. These data demonstrate the physiologic advantages of α-chloralose over isoflurane for anesthesia in a swine model of severe submassive PE. PMID:25730758

  11. Changes in perfusion scintigraphy in the first days of heparin therapy in patients with acute pulmonary embolism

    Groot, M.R. de [Dept. of Vascular Medicine, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Dept. of Internal Medicine, Sophia Hospital, Zwolle (Netherlands); Oostdijk, A.H.J.; Engelage, A.H. [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Sophia Hospital, Zwolle (Netherlands); Marwijk Kooy, M. van [Dept. of Internal Medicine, Sophia Hospital, Zwolle (Netherlands); Bueller, H.R. [Dept. of Vascular Medicine, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    2000-10-01

    Patients with suspected pulmonary embolism often receive heparin therapy for hours to days before ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy is completed. We assessed to what extent the lung scan classification and pulmonary vascular perfusion changed over a period of 2-4 days of full anticoagulant therapy. In 312 consecutive patients with at least one segmental perfusion defect on the initial perfusion scan, classification of both the initial and the final lung scan allowed us to study alteration in scan classification. Changes in pulmonary perfusion were assessed scintigraphically in a subgroup of 64 patients with proven pulmonary embolism. Among 79 patients with an initial high-probability lung scan, the final scan remained high probability in 77 whereas it became non-diagnostic and normal in one patient each. The lung scan classification did not change in any of the 233 patients who initially had a non-diagnostic scan. Thus, a different lung scan category was observed in only 2 out of 312 patients (0.6%; 95% CI 0.1%-2.3%). The mean pulmonary perfusion at baseline in the subgroup of 64 patients with pulmonary embolism was 62% (SD {+-}17%; range 26%-89%). A mean absolute improvement in pulmonary perfusion of only 4%{+-}11% (NS) was observed in the 2-4 days of observation. It is concluded that intravenous heparin therapy for a period of 2-4 days has only a minimal influence on the diagnostic lung scan classification and induces only minor changes in pulmonary vascular obstruction in the majority of patients. (orig.)

  12. The values of neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio and platelet to lymphocyte ratio in predicting 30 day mortality in patients with acute pulmonary embolism

    Ma, Yaqing; Mao, Yimin; He, Xuegai; Sun, Yuxia; Huang, Shenshen; Qiu, Jiayong

    2016-01-01

    Background vAcute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a life threatening disease. The treatment options depend on the severity of the disease and the mortality varies widely depending on the severity of the condition. It is important to identify patients who are at high risk of mortality. The aim of the present study was to explore the prognostic alues of neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and platelet to lymphocyte ratio (PLR) for 30-day mortality in patients with acute PE. Methods The study includ...

  13. Correlation of CT angiographic pulmonary artery obstruction scores with right ventricular dysfunction and clinical outcome in patients with acute pulmonary embolism

    Apfaltrer, P., E-mail: paul.apfaltrer@medma.uni-heidelberg.de [Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Henzler, T.; Meyer, M. [Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Roeger, S.; Haghi, D.; Gruettner, J.; Süselbeck, T. [Department of Internal Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Wilson, R.B.; Schoepf, U.J. [Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Medical University of South Carolina, 25 Courtenay Drive, MSC 226, Charleston, SC 29401 (United States); Schoenberg, S.O.; Fink, C. [Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany)

    2012-10-15

    Objective: To correlate CTA pulmonary artery obstruction scores (OS) with right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) and clinical outcome in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). Materials and methods: In a prospective study of 50 patients (66 ± 12.9 years) with PE pulmonary artery OS (Qanadli, Mastora, and Mastora central) were assessed by two radiologists. To assess RVD all patients underwent echocardiography within 24 h. Furthermore, RVD on CT was assessed by calculating the right ventricular/left ventricular (RV/LV) diameter ratios on transverse (RV/LVtrans) and four-chamber views (RV/LV4ch) as well as the RV/LV volume ratio (RV/LVvol). OS were correlated with RVD and the occurrence of adverse clinical outcomes (defined as death, need for intensive care treatment, or cardiac insufficiency ≥NYHA III). Results: Mean Mastora, Qanadli, and Mastora central OS were 26.4 ± 17.7, 12.6 ± 9.9 and 7.5 ± 9, respectively. Echocardiography demonstrated moderate and severe RVD in 10 and 5 patients, respectively. Patients with moderate and severe RVD showed significantly higher Mastora central scores than patients without RVD (14 ± 10.8 vs. 5.9 ± 7.8 [p = 0.05]; 17.6 ± 13.2 vs. 5.9 ± 7.8 [p = 0.038]). A relevant correlation (i.e. r ≥ 0.6) between OS and CT parameters for RVD were only found for the Mastora score and the Mastora central score (RV/LV4ch: r = 0.61 and 0.68, RV/LVvol: r = 0.61 and 0.6). 18 patients experienced an adverse clinical outcome. None of the OS differed significantly between patients with and without adverse clinical outcome. Conclusion: Pulmonary artery obstruction scores can differentiate between patients with and without RVD. However, in this study, obstruction scores were not correlated to adverse clinical outcome.

  14. Multidetector-row computed tomography-based clinical assessment of fondaparinux for treatment of acute pulmonary embolism and acute deep vein thrombosis in Japanese patients

    Unfractionated heparin (UFH) is the standard drug for the initial treatment of pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in Japan, whereas fondaparinux is the standard drug in Europe and the United States. Here, we examine the efficacy and safety of fondaparinux in Japanese patients. In 2 randomized, open-label, multicenter studies, 80 Japanese patients with acute PE or DVT received either subcutaneous fondaparinux or intravenous UFH as a non-comparative reference, in a 3:1 ratio, for 5-10 days. Concomitant warfarin therapy was continued until Day 90. Multidetector-row computed tomography-based assessment showed that 57.9% and 45.9% of the patients with acute PE and acute proximal DVT had proximal DVT and PE as a complication, respectively. There was no recurrence of symptomatic venous thromboembolism. In the fondaparinux group, the respective improvement rates at the end of the initial treatment and follow-up periods were 71.4% and 86.8% for 42 patients with PE, and 57.8% and 83.3% for 46 patients with DVT; similar results were noted in the UFH group. One patient in the fondaparinux group experienced major bleeding during the initial treatment, but no such episode in the UFH group. Once-daily, subcutaneous fondaparinux is as effective and safe without monitoring as adjusted-dose intravenous UFH for the initial treatment of acute PE and DVT in Japanese patients. (author)

  15. Clinical update on pulmonary embolism

    Duru, Serap; Keleşoğlu, Arif; Ardıç, Sadık

    2013-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a major cause of cardiovascular mortality and financial burden that affects the community. The diagnosis of PE can be difficult because of the nonspecific symptoms, which include cough, dyspnea, hemoptysis and pleuritic chest pain. Hereditary and acquired risk factors are associated with PE. Incidence of PE is increasing, associated with the development in the diagnostic methods. Evidence-based algorithms can help clinicians diagnose PE. Serum D-dimer level, compute...

  16. Patient management of pulmonary embolism

    This is the first article in a four-part continuing education series addressing patient care and the clinical management of disease. This series is not directed at nuclear medicine procedures themselves, but focuses on topics related to patients referred for nuclear medicine studies. After reading this article, the reader should be able to: 1) discuss the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism; and 2) discuss conventional versus thrombolytic approaches to therapy

  17. Adjustments in the diagnostic work-up, treatment and prognosis of pulmonary embolism

    Middeldorp, S.; Kamphuisen, P.W.; Gerdes, V.E.A.; Douma, R.A.; Es, van, Bert

    2013-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism is a potentially fatal condition, in which an embolus, usually a thrombus originating from one of the deep veins of the legs, blocks one or more pulmonary arteries. This leads to impaired blood flow through the lungs. Pulmonary embolism is the third most common cardiovascular disorder in Western society, affecting 1-2 per 1000 patients per year. The clinical presentation of patients with suspected acute pulmonary embolism varies from only mild symptoms to severe dyspnoea, p...

  18. Diagnostic value of gas exchange tests in patients with clinical suspicion of pulmonary embolism

    Prediletto, Renato; Miniati, Massimo; Tonelli, Lucia; Formichi, Bruno; Di Ricco, Giorgio; Marini, Carlo; Bauleo, Carolina; Allescia, Germana; Cocci, Franca; Monti, Simonetta; Pistolesi, Massimo; Giuntini, Carlo

    1999-01-01

    Objective: To assess the value of parameters derived from arterial blood gas tests in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. Method: We measured alveolar-arterial partial pressure of oxygen [P(A–a)O2] gradient, PaO2 and arterial partial pressure of carbon diaxide (PaCO2) in 773 consecutive patients with suspected pulmonary embolism who were enrolled in the Prospective Investigative Study of Acute Pulmonary Embolism. Diagnosis: The study design required pulmonary angiography in all patients with...

  19. Comparison of V/Q SPECT and planar V/Q lung scintigraphy in diagnosing acute pulmonary embolism

    Borgwardt, Henrik Gutte; Mortensen, Jann; Jensen, Claus Verner;

    2010-01-01

    Planar ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy is currently the standard method for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) in most nuclear medicine centers. However, recent studies have shown a superior sensitivity and specificity when applying V/Q single photon emission computed tomography...... (SPECT) in diagnosing PE. This study evaluated the diagnostic performance of three-dimensional V/Q SPECT in comparison with planar V/Q scintigraphy....

  20. METABOLIC DISORDERS AND PULMONARY EMBOLISM

    O. Ya. Vasiltseva

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the study. To examine the contribution of diabetes and obesity in the development of pulmonary embolism on the based data of the Register of new hospital of pulmonary embolism (PE in hospitals inTomsk(2003–2012. Material and Methods. The medical history and records of autopsies of patients treated in hospitals in the city ofTomsk, 2003–2012, and anatomopathological and/or instrumental examination revealed pulmonary embolism have been subjected to studies. We used the classification of diabetes mellitus proposed by the WHO in1999 inour work, because the register including data (2003–2012. The degree of obesity was assessed according to WHO classification (1997. Statistical analysis of the results was carried out with the help of software for computer Statistica for Windows, version 8.0. The Shapiro–Wilk and Kolmogorov–Smirnov tests was used to determine the nature of the distribution of the data. The ho mogeneity of the population variance was assessed using Fisher's exact test andLeuventest. The Mann– Whitney test was used when comparing two independent samples to determine the significance of differences. The analysis was conducted by means of qualitative characteristics contingency tables using Pearson χ 2 . The odds ratio was calculated to assess the association between a specific outcome and the risk. Data are presented as M ± SD factor. The significance level of p for all procedures used by the statistical analysis was taken to be 0.05. It was considered statistically significant level of p < 0.05. The results of the study. In intermediate urbanized city ofWestern Siberia,Tomsk, established register of hospital pulmonary embolism (2003–2012. The register included 751patients whose in vivo and / or postmortem revealed pulmonary embolism (PE. The data histories and autopsy reports was analyze. The type 2diabetes was diagnosed in 205 patients. The type 2 diabetes moderate had 29%. Diabetes severe suffer 82

  1. SPECT/CT and pulmonary embolism

    Mortensen, Jann; Borgwardt, Henrik Gutte

    2014-01-01

    Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is diagnosed either by ventilation/perfusion (V/P) scintigraphy or pulmonary CT angiography (CTPA). In recent years both techniques have improved. Many nuclear medicine centres have adopted the single photon emission CT (SPECT) technique as opposed to the planar...... technique for diagnosing PE. SPECT has been shown to have fewer indeterminate results and a higher diagnostic value. The latest improvement is the combination of a low-dose CT scan with a V/P SPECT scan in a hybrid tomograph. In a study comparing CTPA, planar scintigraphy and SPECT alone, SPECT/CT had the...... best diagnostic accuracy for PE. In addition, recent developments in the CTPA technique have made it possible to image the pulmonary arteries of the lungs in one breath-hold. This development is based on the change from a single-detector to multidetector CT technology with an increase in volume...

  2. Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension after Pulmonary Embolism, Thrombolysis, Catheter Fragmentation, and Embolectomy

    Wiedenroth, Christoph B.; Guth, Stefan; Rolf, Andreas; Mayer, Eckhard

    2014-01-01

    A 21-year-old male patient with massive acute pulmonary embolism was treated by thrombolysis, interventional thrombus fragmentation, and surgical pulmonary embolectomy. Within the following 2 years, the patient developed progressive dyspnea at exertion. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension was diagnosed by right-heart catheter, VQ scan, magnetic resonance, and conventional pulmonary angiography. A normalization of the patient's exercise capacity and pulmonary hemodynamics could be ac...

  3. Pulmonary embolism after cardiac catheterization

    We performed lung perfusion scintigrams before and after catheterization in consecutive 15 patients. Both right and left heart catheterization (9 patients), only right heart catheterization (5 patients), and only left heart catheterization (1 patient) were performed using percutaneous femoral approach with catheter introducer. After removal of all catheters, manual compression was carried out, and after completion of the hemostasis, 2 kg sand-bag was placed on the groin for 6 hours and each patient was then confined to complete bed rest for about 24 hours. Of 15 patients, 6 patients (40 %) demonstrated new pulmonary perfusion defects on the next day following catheterization, but these defects disappeared within a week. None of 6 patients with pulmonary embolism were symptomatic, and there were no changes in Chest X-ray films, spirogram and blood chemistry. Frontal plane QRS axis showed the right axis deviation in more than 30 degrees in 2 cases. And PaO2 showed significant decline by more than 10 mmHg in 3 cases. Duration of manual compression was significantly longer (p < 0.01) in patients who developed new perfusion defects than in patients who had no defects. New perfusion defects could develop without right heart catheterization in 1 case. These data suggested that the prolongation of compressing time of the puncture site and/or subsequent hematoma caused by technical failure may be an important factor in the development of pulmonary embolism. (author)

  4. Therapeutic embolization in pulmonary hemorrhage

    The author's purpose was to evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic embolization in pulmonary hemorrage performed with fibrin foam (Spongostan) suspended in sclerosing agents (hidroxy-poliethoxy-dodecano 3%, or natrium morruate 5%), and electrocoagulation (Bitrol, spa) as an alternative to surgery. Twenty patients were embolized: 17 with fibrin foam and sclerosing agents only, 2 with the addition of electrocoagulation and a Gianturco coil respectively, and 1 with electrocoagulation alone. The follow-up ranges from 3 to 42 months (average 22). A patient affected by aspergilloma died a few days after hemoptysis. The patient treated by electrocoagulation alone suffers from periodical hematic expectoration (spitting). The remaining 18 patients have not shown any pathological findings. In 2 cases the arterial occlusion was confirmed by angiography, while in 1 case partial arterial recanalization was observed. Such a finding was due to the vessel dimensions and to hyperflux values. In similar cases, obstruction must be completed different techniques (e.g. Gianturco coils, electrocoagulation, detachable balloons, etc.). The absence of flux resulting from embolization improves electrocoagulation efficiency, which should be considered as the technique of choice. Even though additional trials are needed, the techniques have proven quite reliable and suitable to replace surgery in low-aggression lesions

  5. The diagnostic management of suspected pulmonary embolism

    Nijkeuter, Mathilde

    2007-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism is a potentially fatal disease in which early recognition and institution of anticoagulant treatment can prevent mortality. The diagnostic tools available to establish whether a patient has a pulmonary embolism were limited to pulmonary angiography and ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy. Both tests have considerable limitations. Helical CT evolved as a new technique in diagnosing PE and gained widespread interest but has been implemented rapidly, without appropriate assessm...

  6. Retrievable Guenther Tulip Vena Cava Filter in the prevention of pulmonary embolism in patients with acute deep venous thrombosis in perinatal period

    Objectives: To evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of the retrievable Guenther Tulip Vena Cava Filter in the prevention of pulmonary embolism in patients with acute deep vein thrombosis in the perinatal period and to discuss the technical demands associated with the filter's implantation and retrieval. Methods: Between 1996 until 2007, eight women (mean age 27.4 years, range 20-42 years) with acute deep iliofemoral venous thrombosis in the perinatal period of pregnancy and increased risk of pulmonary embolism during delivery were indicated for retrievable Guenther Tulip Vena Cava Filter implantation. All filters were inserted and removed under local anesthesia from the jugular approach. Results: The Guenther Tulip Vena Cava Filter was implanted suprarenally in all patients on the day of caesarean delivery. In follow-up cavograms performed just before planned filter removal, no embolus was seen in the filter in any patient. In all patients the filter was retrieved without complications on the 12th day after implantation. Conclusions: Retrievable Guenther Tulip Vena Cava Filters can be inserted and removed in patients during the perinatal period without major complications.

  7. Retrievable Guenther Tulip Vena Cava Filter in the prevention of pulmonary embolism in patients with acute deep venous thrombosis in perinatal period

    Koecher, Martin [Department of Radiology, University Hospital, I.P. Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic)], E-mail: martin.kocher@seznam.cz; Krcova, Vera [Department of Hematooncology, University Hospital, I.P. Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic); Cerna, Marie [Department of Radiology, University Hospital, I.P. Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic); Prochazka, Martin [Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospital, I.P. Pavlova 6, 775 20 Olomouc (Czech Republic)

    2009-04-15

    Objectives: To evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of the retrievable Guenther Tulip Vena Cava Filter in the prevention of pulmonary embolism in patients with acute deep vein thrombosis in the perinatal period and to discuss the technical demands associated with the filter's implantation and retrieval. Methods: Between 1996 until 2007, eight women (mean age 27.4 years, range 20-42 years) with acute deep iliofemoral venous thrombosis in the perinatal period of pregnancy and increased risk of pulmonary embolism during delivery were indicated for retrievable Guenther Tulip Vena Cava Filter implantation. All filters were inserted and removed under local anesthesia from the jugular approach. Results: The Guenther Tulip Vena Cava Filter was implanted suprarenally in all patients on the day of caesarean delivery. In follow-up cavograms performed just before planned filter removal, no embolus was seen in the filter in any patient. In all patients the filter was retrieved without complications on the 12th day after implantation. Conclusions: Retrievable Guenther Tulip Vena Cava Filters can be inserted and removed in patients during the perinatal period without major complications.

  8. When a pulmonary embolism is not a pulmonary embolism: a rare case of primary pulmonary leiomyosarcoma

    Muganlinskaya, Nargiz; Guzman, Amanda; Dahagam, Chanukya; Stephen R. Selinger

    2015-01-01

    Arterial leiomyosarcomas account for up to 21% of vascular leiomyosarcomas, with 56% of arterial leiomyosarcomas occurring in the pulmonary artery. While isolated cases of primary pulmonary artery leiomyosarcoma document survival up to 36 months after treatment, these uncommon, aggressive tumors are highly lethal, with 1-year survival estimated at 20% from the onset of symptoms. We discuss a rare case of a pulmonary artery leiomyosarcoma that was originally diagnosed as a pulmonary embolism (...

  9. [Hydatid disease diagnosed following a pulmonary embolism].

    Menassa-Moussa, L; Braidy, C; Riachy, M; Tabet, G; Smayra, T; Haddad-Zebouni, S; Ghossain, M; Aoun, N

    2009-11-01

    Hydatidosis is a parasitic disease found worldwide, particularly in Mediterranean countries, caused by Echinococcus granulosis infection. Humans are an intermediate and accidental host in the cycle of this parasite. The hydatid pulmonary arterial embolism is extremely rare, usually arising in the heart or the liver. We report a case of hydatid pulmonary embolism explored with multidetector scanner and MRI, and confirmed at pathology of the operative specimen. To our knowledge, this is the first case of inaugural hydatid pulmonary arterial embolism found on CT scan establishing the diagnosis of the disease in a patient who had no other location of hydatid cyst. PMID:19615835

  10. Pulmonary Artery Cement Embolism after a Vertebroplasty

    Anas Nooh

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background Context. Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure most commonly used for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures. Although it is relatively safe, complications have been reported over time. Among those complications, massive cement pulmonary embolism is considered a rare complication. Here we report a case of massive diffuse cement pulmonary embolism following percutaneous vertebroplasty for a vertebral compression fracture. Study Design. Case report. Methods. This is a 70-year-old female who underwent vertebroplasty for T11 and T12 vertebral compression fracture. Results. CT-scan revealed an incidental finding of cement embolism in the pulmonary trunk and both pulmonary arteries. Since the patient was asymptomatic, she was monitored closely and she did not need any intervention. Conclusion. Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used for treatment of vertebral compression fracture. Despite the low rate of complications, a pulmonary cement embolism can occur. The consequences of cement embolism range widely from being asymptomatic to embolism that can cause paralysis, radiculopathy, or a fatal pulmonary embolism.

  11. Feasibility of Detecting Pulmonary Embolism Using Noncontrast MRI

    Purpose. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of detecting pulmonary emboli utilizing noncontrast magnetic resonance imaging techniques in patients with known pulmonary embolism. Materials and Methods. Eleven patients were enrolled in a study to evaluate right ventricular function by cardiac MRI in patients diagnosed with acute pulmonary embolism on CT pulmonary angiogram. Cardiac MRI was performed as soon as possible following pulmonary embolism detection. Two independent observers reviewed the precontrast portion of each MRI, scoring right, left, and lobar arteries as positive or negative for PE. The CTs were reviewed and interpreted in the same manner. Results. MRI was obtained on average of 40 hours after the CT. Forty-eight vessels were affected by PE on CT, 69% of which were identified on MRI. All eight pulmonary emboli located in the right or left pulmonary arteries were detected on MRI. Of the 15 pulmonary emboli that were not detected on MRI, 7 were subsegmental, 6 were segmental, and 2 were located in a branch not included in the MRI field of view. Conclusions. Most pulmonary emboli detected on CT were identified on noncontrast MRI, even though our MRI protocol was not optimized for pulmonary artery visualization

  12. Pulmonary embolism following celiac plexus block and neurolysis

    Raizada, Miles S.; Kelly, Seth M.

    2016-01-01

    Treatment of acute pain in chronic disease requires the physician to choose from an arsenal of pain management techniques tailored to the individual patient. Celiac plexus block and neurolysis are commonly employed for the management of chronic abdominal pain, especially in debilitating conditions such as cancer or chronic pancreatitis. The procedure is safe, well tolerated, and produces few complications. We present a case of pulmonary embolism following a celiac plexus block and neurolysis procedure. Further study is required to determine if celiac plexus ablation, alone or in combination with other risk factors, may contribute to increased risk for pulmonary embolism in patients seeking treatment for chronic upper abdominal pain conditions. PMID:27365890

  13. Diagnostic utility of N-terminal-proBNP in differentiating acute pulmonary embolism from heart failure in patients with acute dyspnea

    Guo Ling; Li Guanzhen; Wang Yi; Liang Hao; Shan Xiaoxi; Zhang Nannan; Wang Maofen

    2014-01-01

    Background The plasma N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) level is frequently elevated in dyspnoeic patients and increasingly used in emergency departments to assess the cause of acute dyspnea.In this study we prospectively tested NT-proBNP levels in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and/or acute pulmonary embolism (APE) and determined the utility of NT-proBNP for discriminating APE from CHF.Methods A cohort of 177 dyspnoeic patients with a diagnosis of APE and/or CHF was prospectively studied between June 2010 and March 2013.NT-proBNP was measured by the electrochemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA).All patients were evaluated with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE).APE was diagnosed in the presence of thrombi signs in the pulmonary arteries with computed tomographic pulmonary angiography (CTPA) or a high-probability lung ventilation/ perfusion scan.Risk stratification was based on the evaluation on admission according to the ESC guidelines from 2008.The diagnosis of CHF was based on the guidelines of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology.Two physicians independently reviewed the records to determine the final diagnosis.Results Fifty-nine patients met the criteria for dyspnea caused by APE,and 113 patients were diagnosed with CHF.Most of the APE patients (41,69.5%) were intermediate-risk.The symptoms and signs,such as orthopnea,paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea and rales in the lungs,were more common in patients with CHF than in patients with APE (P <0.01).Median NT-proBNP was significantly lower in patients with APE compared to those in patients with CHF (2 855.9 pg/ml vs.6 911.4 pg/ml,P <0.01).We constructed the receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curve in predicting the diagnosis of APE.At a cut point=1 582.750 pg/ml,NT-proBNP provided a specificity of 93% and a true positive rate (sensitivity) of 17% for the diagnosis.At a cut point=3 390.000 pg

  14. SPECT/CT and pulmonary embolism

    Mortensen, Jann [Copenhagen University Hospital, Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine and PET, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark); The Faroese National Hospital, Department of Medicine, Torshavn (Faroe Islands); Gutte, Henrik [Copenhagen University Hospital, Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine and PET, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen (Denmark); Herlev Hospital, Copenhagen University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Copenhagen (Denmark); University of Copenhagen, Cluster for Molecular Imaging, Faculty of Health Sciences, Copenhagen (Denmark)

    2014-05-15

    Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is diagnosed either by ventilation/perfusion (V/P) scintigraphy or pulmonary CT angiography (CTPA). In recent years both techniques have improved. Many nuclear medicine centres have adopted the single photon emission CT (SPECT) technique as opposed to the planar technique for diagnosing PE. SPECT has been shown to have fewer indeterminate results and a higher diagnostic value. The latest improvement is the combination of a low-dose CT scan with a V/P SPECT scan in a hybrid tomograph. In a study comparing CTPA, planar scintigraphy and SPECT alone, SPECT/CT had the best diagnostic accuracy for PE. In addition, recent developments in the CTPA technique have made it possible to image the pulmonary arteries of the lungs in one breath-hold. This development is based on the change from a single-detector to multidetector CT technology with an increase in volume coverage per rotation and faster rotation. Furthermore, the dual energy CT technique is a promising modality that can provide functional imaging in combination with anatomical information. Newer high-end CT scanners and SPECT systems are able to visualize smaller subsegmental emboli. However, consensus is lacking regarding the clinical impact and treatment. In the present review, SPECT and SPECT in combination with low-dose CT, CTPA and dual energy CT are discussed in the context of diagnosing PE. (orig.)

  15. Isolated Pulmonary Embolism following Shoulder Arthroscopy

    Nicole H. Goldhaber

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary embolism (PE following shoulder arthroscopy is a rare complication. We present a unique case report of a 43-year-old right-hand dominant female who developed a PE 41 days postoperatively with no associated upper or lower extremity DVT. The patient had minimal preoperative and intraoperative risk factors. Additionally, she had no thromboembolic symptoms postoperatively until 41 days following surgery when she developed sudden right-hand swelling, labored breathing, and abdominal pain. A stat pulmonary computed tomography (CT angiogram of the chest revealed an acute PE in the right lower lobe, and subsequent extremity ultrasounds showed no upper or lower extremity deep vein thrombosis. After a thorough review of the literature, we present the first documented isolated PE following shoulder arthroscopy. Although rare, sudden development of an isolated PE is possible, and symptoms such as sudden hand swelling, trouble breathing, and systemic symptoms should be evaluated aggressively with a pulmonary CT angiogram given the fact that an extremity ultrasound may be negative for deep vein thrombosis.

  16. SPECT/CT and pulmonary embolism.

    Mortensen, Jann; Gutte, Henrik

    2014-05-01

    Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is diagnosed either by ventilation/perfusion (V/P) scintigraphy or pulmonary CT angiography (CTPA). In recent years both techniques have improved. Many nuclear medicine centres have adopted the single photon emission CT (SPECT) technique as opposed to the planar technique for diagnosing PE. SPECT has been shown to have fewer indeterminate results and a higher diagnostic value. The latest improvement is the combination of a low-dose CT scan with a V/P SPECT scan in a hybrid tomograph. In a study comparing CTPA, planar scintigraphy and SPECT alone, SPECT/CT had the best diagnostic accuracy for PE. In addition, recent developments in the CTPA technique have made it possible to image the pulmonary arteries of the lungs in one breath-hold. This development is based on the change from a single-detector to multidetector CT technology with an increase in volume coverage per rotation and faster rotation. Furthermore, the dual energy CT technique is a promising modality that can provide functional imaging in combination with anatomical information. Newer high-end CT scanners and SPECT systems are able to visualize smaller subsegmental emboli. However, consensus is lacking regarding the clinical impact and treatment. In the present review, SPECT and SPECT in combination with low-dose CT, CTPA and dual energy CT are discussed in the context of diagnosing PE. PMID:24213621

  17. Pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis

    Goldhaber, Samuel Z.; Bounameaux, Henri

    2012-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism is the third most common cause of death from cardiovascular disease after heart attack and stroke. Sequelae occurring after venous thromboembolism include chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension and post-thrombotic syndrome. Venous thromboembolism and atherothrombosis share common risk factors and the common pathophysiological characteristics of inflammation, hypercoagulability, and endothelial injury. Clinical probability assessment helps to identify patients with lo...

  18. Pulmonary Embolism with Vertebral Augmentation Procedures

    Swetha Bopparaju

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available With the prevalence of an aging American population on the rise, osteoporotic vertebral fractures are becoming a common occurrence, resulting in an increase in vertebral augmentation procedures and associated complications such as cement leakage, vertebral compressions, and pulmonary embolism. We describe a patient who presented with respiratory distress three years following kyphoplasty of the lumbar vertebra. Computed tomography (CT angiogram of the chest confirmed the presence of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA cement in the lung fields and pulmonary vessels. We conducted a systematic review of the published literature identifying effective management strategies for the treatment of vertebroplasty-associated pulmonary embolism.

  19. Retrospective Clinical Analysis of 38 Cases of Pulmonary Embolism

    Ruiyun Liang; Wei Zhang; Wei Wu; Shanping Jiang; Zhiqiang Lü

    2007-01-01

    To investigate the clinical feature of acute pulmonary embolism.Methods Retrospective clinical analysis was performed according to the data of 38 cases of pulmonary embolism.Results There were ground diseases and predisposing factors in 36 cases of pulmonary embolism among 38 cases,the ratio was 94.7 %,among the total predisposing factors,tumor,cardiovascular disease,venous thrombosis of lower extremity,smoking and long-term bed were common.There was no specificity in clinical feature,physical sign and rout chest X ray,electrocardiography,and their appearances were diversified.There were specificity and sensitivity in echocardiogram (UCG) and D-dimer to some extent.But,the final diagnosis must depend on some special examinations,such as selective pulmonary arteriography,CTPA,MRA and so on.Conclusions The special examinations must be done to make a definite diagnosis to confirm pulmonary embolism when the high risk factors and ground diseases are existing.It is necessary to some cases when the clinical feature can not be explained by other diseases.

  20. Ventilation-perfusion scanning and pulmonary angiography: correlation in clinical high-probability pulmonary embolism

    During a 3-year period, 173 clinically selected patients underwent pulmonary angiography to confirm or exclude acute pulmonary embolism. All patients had undergone ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) scanning (167 patients) or perfusion scanning alone (six) before angiography. Angiography was done because the results of the V/Q scanning did not satisfy the clinician's needs for certainty. The results of the V/Q and studies were compared to determine the relative accuracy of V/Q scanning in this clinical setting. Pulmonary embolism was found in seven (15%) of 47 patients with low-probability scans, 11 (32%) of 34 patients with intermediate-probability scans, 22 (39%) of 57 patients with indeterminate scans, and 23 (66%) of 35 patients with high-probability scans. In this clinically selected population, low-probability scans were more accurate in excluding pulmonary embolism than were high-probability scans in establishing that diagnosis

  1. Computed tomography for the detection of free-floating thrombi in the right heart in acute pulmonary embolism

    Mansencal, Nicolas [Universite de Versailles-Saint Quentin (UVSQ), Ambroise Pare Hospital, Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris (AP-HP), Centre de Reference des Maladies Cardiaques Hereditaires, Department of Cardiology, Boulogne (France); AP-HP, Hopital Universitaire Ambroise Pare, Service de Cardiologie et des Maladies Vasculaires, Centre de Reference des Maladies Cardiaques Hereditaires, Boulogne (France); Attias, David; Guiader, Julie; Abi Nasr, Imad; Dubourg, Olivier [Universite de Versailles-Saint Quentin (UVSQ), Ambroise Pare Hospital, Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris (AP-HP), Centre de Reference des Maladies Cardiaques Hereditaires, Department of Cardiology, Boulogne (France); Caille, Vincent; Jardin, Francois; Vieillard-Baron, Antoine [Universite de Versailles-Saint Quentin (UVSQ), Ambroise Pare Hospital, Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris (AP-HP), Intensive Care Unit, Boulogne (France); Desperramons, Julien; El Hajjam, Mostafa; Lacombe, Pascal [Universite de Versailles-Saint Quentin (UVSQ), Ambroise Pare Hospital, Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris (AP-HP), Department of Radiology, Boulogne (France)

    2011-02-15

    The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of free-floating thrombi in the right heart (FFT) and the accuracy of computed tomography (CT) for their detection in pulmonary embolism (PE). We studied 340 consecutive patients presenting with PE. All patients underwent CT and echocardiography. The prevalence of FFT was 3.5% in the global population of PE and 22% in high-risk PE. Dyspnoea, cardiogenic shock, cardiac arrest and tachycardia were more frequently found in patients with FFT (p = 0.04, p < 0.0001, p = 0.0003 and p = 0.01, respectively). Sensitivity and specificity of CT for the detection of FFT were 100% (95% confidence interval: 74%-100%) and 97% (95%-99%), whereas positive and negative predictive values were 57% (34%-78%) and 100% (99%-100%). Among patients with FFT, right ventricular dilation was always detected by CT, whereas no right ventricular dilation was found among patients with a false diagnosis of FFT performed by CT (p < 0.0001). Prevalence of FFT is 3.5% and differs according to the clinical presentation. Detection of FFT by CT is feasible and should lead to echocardiography being promptly performed for the confirmation of FFT. (orig.)

  2. Computed tomography for the detection of free-floating thrombi in the right heart in acute pulmonary embolism

    The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of free-floating thrombi in the right heart (FFT) and the accuracy of computed tomography (CT) for their detection in pulmonary embolism (PE). We studied 340 consecutive patients presenting with PE. All patients underwent CT and echocardiography. The prevalence of FFT was 3.5% in the global population of PE and 22% in high-risk PE. Dyspnoea, cardiogenic shock, cardiac arrest and tachycardia were more frequently found in patients with FFT (p = 0.04, p < 0.0001, p = 0.0003 and p = 0.01, respectively). Sensitivity and specificity of CT for the detection of FFT were 100% (95% confidence interval: 74%-100%) and 97% (95%-99%), whereas positive and negative predictive values were 57% (34%-78%) and 100% (99%-100%). Among patients with FFT, right ventricular dilation was always detected by CT, whereas no right ventricular dilation was found among patients with a false diagnosis of FFT performed by CT (p < 0.0001). Prevalence of FFT is 3.5% and differs according to the clinical presentation. Detection of FFT by CT is feasible and should lead to echocardiography being promptly performed for the confirmation of FFT. (orig.)

  3. Neural Hypernetwork Approach for Pulmonary Embolism diagnosis

    Rucco, Matteo; Merelli, Emanuela; Johnson, Jeffrey H; Falsetti, Lorenzo; Nitti, Cinzia; Salvi, Aldo

    2014-01-01

    This work introduces an integrative approach based on Q-analysis with machine learning. The new approach, called Neural Hypernetwork, has been applied to a case study of pulmonary embolism diagnosis. The objective of the application of neural hyper-network to pulmonary embolism (PE) is to improve diagnose for reducing the number of CT-angiography needed. Hypernetworks, based on topological simplicial complex, generalize the concept of two-relation to many-body relation. Furthermore, Hypernetworks provide a significant generalization of network theory, enabling the integration of relational structure, logic and analytic dynamics. Another important results is that Q-analysis stays close to the data, while other approaches manipulate data, projecting them into metric spaces or applying some filtering functions to highlight the intrinsic relations. A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blockage of the main artery of the lung or one of its branches, frequently fatal. Our study uses data on 28 diagnostic features of 1,427...

  4. Benefit of combining quantitative cardiac CT parameters with troponin I for predicting right ventricular dysfunction and adverse clinical events in patients with acute pulmonary embolism

    Meyer, Mathias, E-mail: mr.meyer.mathias@gmail.com [Department of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Fink, Christian, E-mail: Christian.Fink@umm.de [Department of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Roeger, Susanne, E-mail: susanne.roeger@umm.de [1st Department of Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Apfaltrer, Paul, E-mail: Paul.Apfaltrer@umm.de [Department of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Haghi, Dariush, E-mail: dariush.haghi@umm.de [1st Department of Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Kaminski, Wolfgang E., E-mail: wolfgang.kaminski@umm.de [Department of Clinical Chemistry, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Neumaier, Michael, E-mail: michael.neumaier@medma.uni-heidelberg.de [Department of Clinical Chemistry, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Schoenberg, Stefan O., E-mail: Stefan.Schoenberg@umm.de [Department of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); and others

    2012-11-15

    Objective: To prospectively evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of quantitative cardiac CT parameters alone and in combination with troponin I for the assessment of right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) and adverse clinical events in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). Materials and results: This prospective study had institutional review board approval and was HIPAA compliant. In total 83 patients with confirmed PE underwent echocardiography and troponin I serum level measurements within 24 h. Three established cardiac CT measurements for the assessment of RVD were obtained (RV/LV{sub axial}, RV/LV{sub 4-CH}, and RV/LV{sub volume}). CT measurements and troponin I serum levels were correlated with RVD found on echocardiography and adverse clinical events according to Management Strategies and Prognosis in Pulmonary Embolism Trial-3 (MAPPET-3 criteria. 31 of 83 patients with PE had RVD on echocardiography and 39 of 83 patients had adverse clinical events. A RV/LV{sub volume} ratio > 1.43 showed the highest area under the curve (AUC) (0.65) for the prediction of adverse clinical events when compared to RV/LV{sub axial}, RV/LV{sub 4Ch} and troponin I. The AUC for the detection of RVD of RV/LV{sub axial}, RV/LV{sub 4Ch}, RV/LV{sub volume}, and troponin I were 0.86, 0.86, 0.92, and 0.69, respectively. Combination of RV/LV{sub axial}, RV/LV{sub 4Ch}, RV/LV{sub volume} with troponin I increased the AUC to 0.87, 0.87 and 0.93, respectively. Conclusion: A combination of cardiac CT parameters and troponin I measurements improves the diagnostic accuracy for detecting RVD and predicting adverse clinical events if compared to either test alone.

  5. Benefit of combining quantitative cardiac CT parameters with troponin I for predicting right ventricular dysfunction and adverse clinical events in patients with acute pulmonary embolism

    Objective: To prospectively evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of quantitative cardiac CT parameters alone and in combination with troponin I for the assessment of right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) and adverse clinical events in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). Materials and results: This prospective study had institutional review board approval and was HIPAA compliant. In total 83 patients with confirmed PE underwent echocardiography and troponin I serum level measurements within 24 h. Three established cardiac CT measurements for the assessment of RVD were obtained (RV/LVaxial, RV/LV4-CH, and RV/LVvolume). CT measurements and troponin I serum levels were correlated with RVD found on echocardiography and adverse clinical events according to Management Strategies and Prognosis in Pulmonary Embolism Trial-3 (MAPPET-3 criteria. 31 of 83 patients with PE had RVD on echocardiography and 39 of 83 patients had adverse clinical events. A RV/LVvolume ratio > 1.43 showed the highest area under the curve (AUC) (0.65) for the prediction of adverse clinical events when compared to RV/LVaxial, RV/LV4Ch and troponin I. The AUC for the detection of RVD of RV/LVaxial, RV/LV4Ch, RV/LVvolume, and troponin I were 0.86, 0.86, 0.92, and 0.69, respectively. Combination of RV/LVaxial, RV/LV4Ch, RV/LVvolume with troponin I increased the AUC to 0.87, 0.87 and 0.93, respectively. Conclusion: A combination of cardiac CT parameters and troponin I measurements improves the diagnostic accuracy for detecting RVD and predicting adverse clinical events if compared to either test alone.

  6. Pulmonary embolism in cancer patients

    S P Sawant

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims and Objectives: Pulmonary embolism (PE is rare in the Indian population and is under-reported in patients with malignancy. We studied the clinical profile and outcome of patients with PE and cancer in the Indian population. Materials and Methods: Data of cancer patients with PE, admitted in a tertiary cancer centre, was analyzed. The prevalence of PE was calculated as the number of patients with PE per 10,000 hospital admissions. The demographic data, details of cancer, co-morbidities, details of PE, and treatment given for PE and their outcomes were recorded and analyzed. Results: There were 56,425 hospital admissions in the study period. The prevalence of PE was 6.4 per 10,000 hospital admissions .Thirty-six cancer patients were diagnosed to have PE. In females, gynecological malignancies (36.84% and in males gastrointestinal, head and neck cancers, and hematological malignancies were the most common sites (17.7% each. PE was associated with DVT in 41.7%. Dyspnea was the most common presenting symptom. Five patients (13.88% were asymptomatic and were incidentally detected to have PE . The most common echocardiographic finding was right ventricular dysfunction (55.55%. Mortality among the treated patients was 22% (7 / 31 and in untreated patients it was 80% (4 / 5. The factors that had an impact on a three-month survival were, the presence of massive PE (P = 0.019 and the presence of RV dysfunction at presentation (P = 0.005. Conclusion: The prevalence of PE and mortality due to PE is high in cancer patients. Risk stratification for venous thromboembolism (VTE should be done in all cancer patients and thromboprophylaxis should be optimally used.

  7. A case of septic pulmonary embolism associated with renal abscess mimicking pulmonary metastases of renal malignancy

    We report the case of a 46-year-old woman with acute febrile symptom who had multiple pulmonary nodules and a renal mass. She underwent 18F-fluorode-oxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) to find a hidden malignancy and the cause of her fever. FDG PET/CT images demonstrated a renal mass and multiple lung nodules with intense FDG uptake, which was suspicious of a renal malignancy with multiple pulmonary metastatic lesions. CT-guided biopsies of the pulmonary and renal lesions only showed chronic inflammatory infiltrates without evidence of malignancy. She was diagnosed with septic pulmonary embolism from a renal abscess. One month after antibiotic treatment, the follow-up chest and abdomen CT showed improvement of the lung and renal lesions. This is the first case demonstrating the FDG PET/CT finding of septic pulmonary embolism associated with renal abscess in the published literature. (author)

  8. When a pulmonary embolism is not a pulmonary embolism: a rare case of primary pulmonary leiomyosarcoma

    Muganlinskaya, Nargiz; Guzman, Amanda; Dahagam, Chanukya; Selinger, Stephen R.

    2015-01-01

    Arterial leiomyosarcomas account for up to 21% of vascular leiomyosarcomas, with 56% of arterial leiomyosarcomas occurring in the pulmonary artery. While isolated cases of primary pulmonary artery leiomyosarcoma document survival up to 36 months after treatment, these uncommon, aggressive tumors are highly lethal, with 1-year survival estimated at 20% from the onset of symptoms. We discuss a rare case of a pulmonary artery leiomyosarcoma that was originally diagnosed as a pulmonary embolism (PE). A 72-year-old Caucasian female was initially diagnosed with ‘saddle pulmonary embolism’ based on computerized tomographic angiography of the chest 2 months prior to admission and placed on anticoagulation. Dyspnea escalated, and serial computed tomography scans showed cardiomegaly with pulmonary emboli involving the right and left main pulmonary arteries with extension into the right and left upper and lower lobe branches. An echocardiogram on admission showed severe pulmonary hypertension with a pulmonary artery pressure of 82.9 mm Hg, and a severely enlarged right ventricle. Respiratory distress and multiorgan failure developed and, unfortunately, the patient expired. Autopsy showed a lobulated, yellow mass throughout the main pulmonary arteries measuring 13 cm in diameter. The mass extended into the parenchyma of the right upper lobe. On microscopy, the mass was consistent with a high-grade primary pulmonary artery leiomyosarcoma. Median survival of patients with primary pulmonary artery leiomyosarcoma without surgery is one and a half months, and mortality is usually due to right-sided heart failure. Pulmonary artery leiomyosarcoma is a rare but highly lethal disease commonly mistaken for PE. Thus, we recommend clinicians to suspect this malignancy when anticoagulation fails to relieve initial symptoms. In conclusion, early detection and suspicion of pulmonary artery leiomyosarcoma should be considered in patients refractory to anticoagulation, prompting initiation

  9. When a pulmonary embolism is not a pulmonary embolism: a rare case of primary pulmonary leiomyosarcoma

    Nargiz Muganlinskaya

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Arterial leiomyosarcomas account for up to 21% of vascular leiomyosarcomas, with 56% of arterial leiomyosarcomas occurring in the pulmonary artery. While isolated cases of primary pulmonary artery leiomyosarcoma document survival up to 36 months after treatment, these uncommon, aggressive tumors are highly lethal, with 1-year survival estimated at 20% from the onset of symptoms. We discuss a rare case of a pulmonary artery leiomyosarcoma that was originally diagnosed as a pulmonary embolism (PE. A 72-year-old Caucasian female was initially diagnosed with ‘saddle pulmonary embolism’ based on computerized tomographic angiography of the chest 2 months prior to admission and placed on anticoagulation. Dyspnea escalated, and serial computed tomography scans showed cardiomegaly with pulmonary emboli involving the right and left main pulmonary arteries with extension into the right and left upper and lower lobe branches. An echocardiogram on admission showed severe pulmonary hypertension with a pulmonary artery pressure of 82.9 mm Hg, and a severely enlarged right ventricle. Respiratory distress and multiorgan failure developed and, unfortunately, the patient expired. Autopsy showed a lobulated, yellow mass throughout the main pulmonary arteries measuring 13 cm in diameter. The mass extended into the parenchyma of the right upper lobe. On microscopy, the mass was consistent with a high-grade primary pulmonary artery leiomyosarcoma. Median survival of patients with primary pulmonary artery leiomyosarcoma without surgery is one and a half months, and mortality is usually due to right-sided heart failure. Pulmonary artery leiomyosarcoma is a rare but highly lethal disease commonly mistaken for PE. Thus, we recommend clinicians to suspect this malignancy when anticoagulation fails to relieve initial symptoms. In conclusion, early detection and suspicion of pulmonary artery leiomyosarcoma should be considered in patients refractory to anticoagulation

  10. Role of curcurmin in acute lung injury by acute pulmonary embolism and expression of CFTR%姜黄素对急性肺动脉栓塞大鼠肺损伤及CFTR表达的影响

    王征; 玉寒冰; 罗全

    2014-01-01

    目的:观察姜黄素对急性肺栓塞大鼠肺损伤的保护作用及对CFTR表达的影响。方法:大鼠分为假手术组,模型组,姜黄素(150mg/kg)﹢APE组。制备左肺动脉结扎模拟急性肺动脉栓塞模型。进行血气分析,检测AFC及肺湿干比,real-time PCR方法检测肺组织的CFTR的表达。结果:与模型组比较,姜黄素升高PaO2水平,减轻AFC下降趋势,及减少肺湿干比的增加。姜黄素能提高肺组织的CFTR的表达。结论:姜黄素对急性肺动脉栓塞大鼠的急性肺损伤有保护作用,并上调CFTR的表达。%Objective:To observe whether the curcumin could protect the acute lung injury by acute lung embolism and affect the expression of CFTR. Methods:SPF rats were divided into 3 groups:sham group,acute pulmonary em-bolism(APE)group and curcumin group(150mg/kg). The model of acute pulmonary embolism was ligatured the left artery. Blood gas analysis,AFC and wet-to-dry ratio and CFTR mRNA expression were observed. Results:Curcu-min could increase artery O2 pressure,decrease the AFC downward and wet-to-dry ratio. Curcumin could increase the expression of CFTR mRNA. Conculsion:Curcumin could protect the acute lung injury by APE and associated with upward of CFTR mRNA.

  11. Cardiac arrest caused by multiple recurrent pulmonary embolism

    Hannig, Kjartan Eskjaer; Husted, Steen Elkjaer; Grove, Erik Lerkevang

    2011-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism is a common condition with a high mortality. We describe a previously healthy 68-year-old male who suffered three pulmonary embolisms during a short period of time, including two embolisms while on anticoagulant treatment. This paper illustrates three important points. (1) The...... importance of optimal anticoagulant treatment in the prevention of pulmonary embolism reoccurrence. (2) The benefit of immediate accessibility to echocardiography in the handling of haemodynamically unstable patients with an unknown underlying cause. (3) Thrombolytic treatment should always be considered and...... may be life-saving in patients with cardiac arrest suspected to be caused by pulmonary embolism....

  12. Pulmonary embolism: importance of modern radiology

    The goal was to define the role and value of modern diagnostic radiology in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. It was established that pulmoscintigraphy as emission study allows a functional characterization of the pathological process, to identify the minimum metabolic disorders at an early stage of their occurrence. While CT angiography can detect minimal structural changes in the pulmonary artery, and provide exceptionally accurate information on the localization of the identified anatomical changes. CT-AG as a minimally invasive method that allows you to identify the level of arrangement of a blood clot in the blood vessels, their scope and prevalence. Through objectivity, high resolution, speed modern diagnostic radiology allows early diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

  13. Assessment of right ventricular dysfunction and the metergasis before and after therapy of thrombolysis with electrocardiography gated multi-detector spiral CT in acute pulmonary embolism

    Objective: To prospectively assess right ventricular dysfunction and the metergasis before and after therapy of thrombolysis with ECG gated multi-detector spiral computed tomography (MSCT) in patients with acute pulmonary embolism. Methods: Triple rule-out ECG gated MSCT examination was performed in 96 consecutive patients suspected of PE. 25 patients with central PE were confirmed. 25 age- matched subjects without cardiac and pulmonary disease were recruited as control group. Triple rule-out ECG gated MSCT were performed again to assess cardiac function after therapy of thrombolysis. Dimension ratios for the right ventricle (RV) and left ventricle (LV), main pulmonary artery and aorta were measured. Furthermore, the RV and LV end-diastolic volumes (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV) and ejection fraction (EF) were also measured. The mean values were compared with analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Newman-Keuls test before and after thrombolysis. Results: The mean values of RVEDV, RVESV, RVEF, RV/LV ESV volume ratio, RV/LV dimension ratio and main pulmonary artery/aorta dimension ratio in control group were (150.5±24.1) ml, (71.5±18.5) ml, (53.5±4.2)%, 1.08±0.04, 1.01±0.04 and 0.99±0.02, respectively. While those in PE group were (190.3±16.2) ml, (128.1±13.2) ml, (32.7±3.6)%, 2.00±0.26, 1.30±0.09 and 1.34±0.11, respectively. Those after therapy of thrombolysis were (159.2±21.5) ml, (80.7±9.4) ml, (49.2±5.9)%, 1.22±0.25, 1.02±0.02 and 1.02±0.11, respectively. ESV and EDV of RV were larger (q=6.28, P<0.01; q=7.59, P<0.01), EF value was lower (q=4.82, P<0.01) in PE group than those in control group. RV/LV ESV volume ratio, the RV/LV dimension ratio and main pulmonary artery/aorta dimension ratio were larger (q=6.04, P<0.01; q=4.43, P<0.01; q=4.36, P<0.01) and EDV of LV was lower in PE group than those in control group. However, ESV and EDV of RV and RV/LV ESV volume ratio were lower (q=5.03, P< 0.01; q=6.11, P<0.01; q=4.74, P<0.01), EF value was larger (q

  14. Using Topological Data Analysis for diagnosis pulmonary embolism

    Rucco, Matteo; Herman, Damir; Petrossian, Tanya; Merelli, Emanuela; Nitti, Cinzia; Salvi, Aldo

    2014-01-01

    Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is a common and potentially lethal condition. Most patients die within the first few hours from the event. Despite diagnostic advances, delays and underdiagnosis in PE are common.To increase the diagnostic performance in PE, current diagnostic work-up of patients with suspected acute pulmonary embolism usually starts with the assessment of clinical pretest probability using plasma d-Dimer measurement and clinical prediction rules. The most validated and widely used clinical decision rules are the Wells and Geneva Revised scores. We aimed to develop a new clinical prediction rule (CPR) for PE based on topological data analysis and artificial neural network. Filter or wrapper methods for features reduction cannot be applied to our dataset: the application of these algorithms can only be performed on datasets without missing data. Instead, we applied Topological data analysis (TDA) to overcome the hurdle of processing datasets with null values missing data. A topological network was devel...

  15. Double Bolus Thrombolysis for Suspected Massive Pulmonary Embolism during Cardiac Arrest

    Gerard O’Connor; Gareth Fitzpatrick; Ayman El-Gammal; Peadar Gilligan

    2015-01-01

    More than 70% of cardiac arrest cases are caused by acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or pulmonary embolism (PE). Although thrombolytic therapy is a recognised therapy for both AMI and PE, its indiscriminate use is not routinely recommended during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). We present a case describing the successful use of double dose thrombolysis during cardiac arrest caused by pulmonary embolism. Notwithstanding the relative lack of high-level evidence, this case suggests a scena...

  16. Helical computerized tomography and NT-proBNP for screening of right ventricular overload on admission and at long term follow-up of acute pulmonary embolism

    Laiho Mia K

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Right ventricular dysfunction (RVD in acute pulmonary embolism (APE can be assessed with helical computerized tomography (CT and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE. Signs of RVD and elevated natriuretic peptides like NT-proBNP and cardiac troponin (TnT are associated with increased risk of mortality. However, the prognostic role of both initial diagnostic strategy and the use of NT-proBNP and TnT for screening for long-term probability of RVD remains unknown. The aim of the study was to determine the role of helical CT and NT-proBNP in detection of RVD in the acute phase. In addition, the value of NT-proBNP for ruling out RVD at long-term follow-up was assessed. Methods Sixty-three non-high risk APE patients were studied. RVD was assessed at admission in the emergency department by CT and TTE, and both NT-proBNP and TnT samples were taken. These, excepting CT, were repeated seven months later. Results At admission RVD was detected by CT in 37 (59 % patients. RVD in CT correlated strongly with RVD in TTE (p Conclusions TTE does not confer further benefit when helical CT is used for screening for RVD in non-high risk APE. All the patients who were found to have RVD in TTE at seven months follow-up had had RVD in the acute phase CT as well. Thus, patients without RVD in diagnostic CT do not seem to require further routine follow-up to screen for RVD later. On the other hand, persistent RVD and thus need for TTE control can be ruled out by assessment of NT-proBNP at follow-up. A follow-up protocol based on these findings is suggested.

  17. Blood flow redistribution and ventilation-perfusion mismatch during embolic pulmonary arterial occlusion

    Burrowes, K. S.; Clark, A. R.; Tawhai, M.H

    2011-01-01

    Acute pulmonary embolism causes redistribution of blood in the lung, which impairs ventilation/perfusion matching and gas exchange and can elevate pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) by increasing pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR). An anatomically-based multi-scale model of the human pulmonary circulation was used to simulate pre- and post-occlusion flow, to study blood flow redistribution in the presence of an embolus, and to evaluate whether reduction in perfused vascular bed is sufficient ...

  18. Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in the Chinese population

    Nandi, PL; Li, WS; Leung, R.; Chan, HT; Chan, J

    1998-01-01

    Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism is a well-recognised major health problem in the West. There is a deep-rooted belief among clinicians that deep vein thrombosis is rare in Asians, particularly in the Chinese population. However, it appears that the incidence of venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism is increasing in Chinese patients. Prophylaxis reduces the incidence of venous thrombosis by 66% and of pulmonary embolism by 50%Ը? prophylaxis should therefore be considered for Chin...

  19. Plasma cross linked fibrin degradation products in pulmonary embolism.

    Rowbotham, B J; Egerton-Vernon, J; Whitaker, A. N.; Elms, M J; Bunce, I H

    1990-01-01

    Plasma concentrations of cross linked fibrin degradation products, a marker of intravascular thrombosis and fibrinolysis, were measured in 495 patients with suspected pulmonary embolism referred for ventilation-perfusion lung scanning to determine whether concentrations are increased in pulmonary embolism and their potential use in diagnosis. Lung scans were described as normal (n = 66) or as showing a low (n = 292), indeterminate (n = 58), or high probability (n = 79) of pulmonary embolism. ...

  20. Neural Hypernetwork Approach for Pulmonary Embolism diagnosis

    Rucco, Matteo; Sousa-Rodriges, David; Merelli, Emanuela; Johnson, Jeffrey H.; Falsetti, Lorenzo; Nitti, Cinzia; Salvi, Aldo

    2014-01-01

    Background Hypernetworks are based on topological simplicial complexes and generalize the concept of two-body relation to many-body relation. Furthermore, Hypernetworks provide a significant generalization of network theory, enabling the integration of relational structure, logic and analytic dynamics. A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of the main artery of the lung or one of its branches, frequently fatal. Results Our study uses data on 28 diagnostic features of 1427 people consid...

  1. Pulmonary MRA: Differentiation of pulmonary embolism from truncation artefact

    Bannas, Peter [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Radiology, Madison, WI (United States); University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, Department of Radiology, Hamburg (Germany); Schiebler, Mark L.; Motosugi, Utaroh; Francois, Christopher J. [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Radiology, Madison, WI (United States); Reeder, Scott B. [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Radiology, Madison, WI (United States); University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Madison, WI (United States); University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Medical Physics, Madison, WI (United States); University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Medicine, Madison, WI (United States); Nagle, Scott K. [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Radiology, Madison, WI (United States); University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Medical Physics, Madison, WI (United States); University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Pediatrics, Madison, WI (United States)

    2014-08-15

    Truncation artefact (Gibbs ringing) causes central signal drop within vessels in pulmonary magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) that can be mistaken for emboli, reducing diagnostic accuracy for pulmonary embolism (PE). We propose a quantitative approach to differentiate truncation artefact from PE. Twenty-eight patients who underwent pulmonary computed tomography angiography (CTA) for suspected PE were recruited for pulmonary MRA. Signal intensity drops within pulmonary arteries that persisted on both arterial-phase and delayed-phase MRA were identified. The percent signal loss between the vessel lumen and central drop was measured. CTA served as the reference standard for presence of pulmonary emboli. A total of 65 signal intensity drops were identified on MRA. Of these, 48 (74 %) were artefacts and 17 (26 %) were PE, as confirmed by CTA. Truncation artefacts had a significantly lower median signal drop than PE on both arterial-phase (26 % [range 12-58 %] vs. 85 % [range 53-91 %]) and delayed-phase MRA (26 % [range 11-55 %] vs. 77 % [range 47-89 %]), p < 0.0001 for both. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analyses revealed a threshold value of 51 % (arterial phase) and 47 % signal drop (delayed phase) to differentiate between truncation artefact and PE with 100 % sensitivity and greater than 90 % specificity. Quantitative signal drop is an objective tool to help differentiate truncation artefact and pulmonary embolism in pulmonary MRA. (orig.)

  2. Pulmonary MRA: Differentiation of pulmonary embolism from truncation artefact

    Truncation artefact (Gibbs ringing) causes central signal drop within vessels in pulmonary magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) that can be mistaken for emboli, reducing diagnostic accuracy for pulmonary embolism (PE). We propose a quantitative approach to differentiate truncation artefact from PE. Twenty-eight patients who underwent pulmonary computed tomography angiography (CTA) for suspected PE were recruited for pulmonary MRA. Signal intensity drops within pulmonary arteries that persisted on both arterial-phase and delayed-phase MRA were identified. The percent signal loss between the vessel lumen and central drop was measured. CTA served as the reference standard for presence of pulmonary emboli. A total of 65 signal intensity drops were identified on MRA. Of these, 48 (74 %) were artefacts and 17 (26 %) were PE, as confirmed by CTA. Truncation artefacts had a significantly lower median signal drop than PE on both arterial-phase (26 % [range 12-58 %] vs. 85 % [range 53-91 %]) and delayed-phase MRA (26 % [range 11-55 %] vs. 77 % [range 47-89 %]), p < 0.0001 for both. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analyses revealed a threshold value of 51 % (arterial phase) and 47 % signal drop (delayed phase) to differentiate between truncation artefact and PE with 100 % sensitivity and greater than 90 % specificity. Quantitative signal drop is an objective tool to help differentiate truncation artefact and pulmonary embolism in pulmonary MRA. (orig.)

  3. Radionuclide venography of the lower limbs in pulmonary embolism

    In 62 unselected patients affected by pulmonary embolism, radionuclide venography of the lower limbs was performed in order to detect the source of the emboli. Vascular obstruction were found in the deep veins in 13 cases, in the superficial veins in another 13, while in 3 patients both veneous systems were affected. These results suggest that a relationship between superficial vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism exists. Radionuclide venography allowed us to detect venous obstruction in 6 out of 15 patients with pulmonary embolism but without both anamnesic and clinical evidence of venous thrombosis; hence, this technique may be useful in all cases of pulmonary embolism of unknown origin

  4. Paradoxical embolism in acute myocardial infarction in a patient with congenital heart disease

    Abdelrahman Jamiel

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a case of a young male with severe pulmonary stenosis, hypoplastic right ventricle, and atrial septal defect. Acute embolic myocardial infarction, followed by cardiac arrest, occurred during hospitalization after Glenn operation. The therapeutic challenges are discussed. Insufficient anticoagulation therapy during the postoperative period was a possible contributing factor leading to embolic myocardial infarction.

  5. Paradoxical Embolism in Acute Myocardial Infarction in a Patient with Congenital Heart Disease

    Abdelrahman Jamiel; Ahmed Alsaileek; Kamal Ayoub; Ahmad Omran

    2012-01-01

    We present a case of a young male with severe pulmonary stenosis, hypoplastic right ventricle, and atrial septal defect. Acute embolic myocardial infarction, followed by cardiac arrest, occurred during hospitalization after Glenn operation. The therapeutic challenges are discussed. Insufficient anticoagulation therapy during the postoperative period was a possible contributing factor leading to embolic myocardial infarction.

  6. How Is Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosed?

    ... are available shortly after the scan is done. Lung Ventilation/Perfusion Scan A lung ventilation/perfusion scan , or VQ scan, uses a radioactive substance to show how well oxygen and blood are flowing to all areas of your lungs. This test can help detect PE. Pulmonary Angiography ...

  7. Lung ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy in pulmonary embolism

    In 53 patients with possible pulmonary embolism, pulmonary abnormalities of 133Xe ventilation and 99Tcsup(m) albumin microsphere perfusion scintigraphy were compared with absence or presence of pulmonary emboli documented by concurrent pulmonary angiography. It was found that patients with combined scintigraphy considered as unlikely for pulmonary embolism (ventilation defect larger than perfusion defect) or indicative of pulmonary embolism (ventilation defect smaller than perfusion defect) provide high diagnostic specificity. Patients with equal ventillation-perfusion abnormalities (possible pulmonary embolism) require further evaluation by pulmonary angiography to ascertain diagnosis. Importantly, diagnostic accuracy, using ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy and the quantified method of evaluation delineated, is preserved in patients with severe congestive heart failure. (Auth.)

  8. S WAVE IN PULMONARY EMBOLISM, A NEW ECG SIGN TO AID THROMBOLYSIS

    Thomas John

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Acute pulmonary embolism is a devastating disease that often leads to mortality . Previous investigators have found that thrombolysis reduces mortality in men but not significantly in women with pulmonary embolism. Many of the previous studies are with tenecteplase and alteplase. Here, we describe intra - venous thrombolysis with streptokinase in seven patients with pulmonary embolism who survived including two women. Further, we have one patient who had a new onset of S wave in lead I which subsequently disappeared after embolectomy. We also comment on the usefulness of shock sign in 2 deciding on thrombolysis .We propose a new sign for noninvasive assessment of need for thrombolysis in pulmonary embolism. New onset S wave in Lead I in pulmonary embolism can be used as a new sign for deciding the need for thrombolysis. When added to the shock sign it can be used in the emergency deparment to decide the need for thrombolysis. Further, there are no clear end points as to when to stop thrombolysis. In all 4 patients we switched to heparin when spontaneous bleeding or oozing started. In all 4 patients subsequent CT scans showed that the patient has mild to moderate resolution of the pulmonary embolism and patients remained stable and have been discharged and are under regular follow up. Hence we propose that bleeding can be used as an end point for thrombolysis in acute pulmonary embolism. We also describe a patient who had new onset S wave that disappeared after successful pulmonary embolectomy. Probably, the S wave is a marker of main pulmonary artery branch occlusions.

  9. Deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism following physical restraint

    Laursen, S B; Jensen, T N; Bolwig, T; Olsen, Niels Vidiendal

    2005-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: We describe a case of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) following the use of physical restraint in a patient with a diagnosis of acute delusional psychotic disorder. METHOD: A new case report of DVT and PE associated with prolonged physical restraint is presented...... immobilization during physical restraint may occur in spite of no pre-existing risk factors. Medical guidelines for the prevention of thrombosis following physical restraint are presented. Despite the absence of controlled trials of treatment effectiveness, the catastrophic outcome of DVT and PE warrants early...

  10. Episode of massive pulmonary embolism after bilateral breast augmentation

    Schonauer, Fabrizio; Nele, Gisella; Di Martino, Annalena; Santoro, Mariangela; Santanelli di Pompeo, Fabio

    2015-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism is a rare postsurgical complication, even more so following breast augmentation. Herein we present a case of a 23-year-old woman who survived an episode of massive pulmonary embolism after breast implant surgery. Current literature about this subject is very scarce.

  11. Alteration in pulmonary perfusion due to iatrogenic pulmonary vein stenosis: A mimicker of pulmonary embolism

    Ostwani, Wesam; Arabi, Mohammad

    2011-01-01

    Iatrogenic pulmonary vein stenosis (PVS) is a known, yet rare, complication of atrial radiofrequency ablation. Alterations in pulmonary perfusion may mimic massive pulmonary embolism on a ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy. This is particularly important due to the overlap in presenting clinical symptoms. The present case illustrates the functional significance of PVS and the changes in perfusion in response to angioplasty.

  12. Pulmonary cement embolization after vertebroplasty, an uncommon presentation of pulmonary embolism: A case report and literature review

    Nishant Sinha

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary Cement Embolization (PCE is a rare complication of vertebroplasty surgery. There is no clear guideline for management of this entity. There is no definite protocol for anticoagulation in PCE. This is a case report of our patient who was diagnosed to have Pulmonary Cement Embolization, which was quite significant involving both lungs. She was successfully managed without long term anticoagulation.

  13. Pulmonary embolism. A case report

    Pedro J. Barrios Fuentes

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The case of a male, white skin, 38 years old patient who came to the emergency department because of a severe respiratory distress is reported. The left patella fracture history was collected and an immobilization cast was implemented. The posterior to anterior chest X-ray showed opacities in the form of a veil at the base of the left hemithorax as well as increased cardiothoracic rates. A lung computed tomography angiography scan was performed using a SIEMENS SESATION 64 multislice computed tomography scanner. The study was rebuilt using volume rendering technique and 3D applications with virtual angioscopy. Thrombus occlusion was evident at the trunk of the left pulmonary artery and its branches. The patient was admitted for anticoagulation treatment. Patients with patellar fracture as a trigger for this serious condition involving life-risk had not been treated in this hospital, that is why it was decided to publish this case, as well as for the implementation of such an innovative, useful and quick diagnosis aided by multislice computed tomography angiography.

  14. Clot resolution after 3 weeks of anticoagulant treatment of pulmonary embolism: Comparison of computed tomography and perfusion scintigraphy

    Van Es, J.; Douma, Renee; Kamphuisen, P.W.; Gerdes, V.E.A.; Verhamme, P.; Wells, P.S.; Bounameaux, H.; Lensing, A.W.A.; Büller, H.R.

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Little is known about the natural history of clot resolution in the initial weeks of anticoagulant therapy in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). Aim: To assess clot resolution of acute PE with either computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CT-scan) or perfusion scintigraph

  15. Clot resolution after 3 weeks of anticoagulant treatment for pulmonary embolism : comparison of computed tomography and perfusion scintigraphy

    van Es, J.; Douma, R. A.; Kamphuisen, P. W.; Gerdes, V. E. A.; Verhamme, P.; Wells, P. S.; Bounameaux, H.; Lensing, A. W. A.; Bueller, H. R.

    2013-01-01

    Introduction Little is known about the natural history of clot resolution in the initial weeks of anticoagulant therapy in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). Clot resolution of acute PE was assessed with either computed tomography pulmonary angiography scan (CT-scan) or perfusion scintigra

  16. Near fatal pulmonary embolism in a 16-year-old

    Acute pulmonary thrombo-embolism (PE) may present with a variety of clinical problems; patients with this condition may range from being asymptomatic to acutely unwell, with sudden death being at the extreme end of the spectrum. This case report of a young man with PE demonstrates the scintigraphic features of massive, near-fatal embolism. On transfer to the Nuclear Medicine Department, the patient's blood pressure was unrecordable, the heart rate was 150/min, there was deep cyanosis despite 100 per cent oxygen and the pupils were fixed and dilated. A limited perfusion scan was obtained using 76 MBq of 99mTc-MAA (Technescan MAA, Mallinckrodt), with an estimated 260 000 MAA particles being injected directly into a peripheral vein. Anterior and posterior images showed perfusion only to a small portion of the left upper lobe. The patient recovered quickly following embolectomy resulting in removal of a large amount of thrombus from both pulmonary arteries. It has been thus demonstrated that the perfusion scan is a rapid and safe method of confirming suspected massive PE prior to surgery. 4 refs., 2 figs

  17. Pulmonary embolism and pulmonary infarction; Lungenembolie und Lungeninfarkt - pathologische Anatomie

    Mueller, K.M.; Mueller, A.M. [Berufsgenossenschaftliche Kliniken Bergmannsheil, Bochum (Germany). Inst. fuer Pathologie]|[Bochum Univ. (Germany). Universitaetsklinikum

    1998-03-01

    Radiological and nuclear medical evaluation of pulmonary embolisms and their consequences is often problematic, since parenchymal alterations in the form of possible pulmonary infarctions occur in only 10-15% after vessel obliteration. Small embolisms rather frequently cause hemorrhagic pulmonary infarctions, which can clinically be demonstrated by radiological and nuclear medical methods, after obliteration of the pre-capillary arterio-arterial anastomoses type I. In pre-existing chronic lung diseases with often markedly developed bronchial artery systems and additional anastomoses hemorrhagic pulmonary infarctions are extremely rare. Thus, today, radiological and nuclear medical studies, such as spiral computer scanning, have to rely largely on the results of thrombembolic vessel obstruction and transitory perfusion deficits and less on parenchymal infiltration patterns. (orig./MG) [Deutsch] Die radiologischen und nuklearmedizinischen Begutachtungen von Lungenembolien und deren Folgen sind oft problematisch, weil Parenchymveraenderungen in Form moeglicher Lungeninfarkte in nur 10-15% nach der Gefaessverlegung entstehen. Kleine Embolien fuehren haeufiger zu haemorrhagischen Lungeninfarkten, die mit radiologischen und nukelarmedizinischen Verfahren fassbar werden. Bei vorbestehenden chronischen Lungenerkrankungen mit meist verstaerkt ausgebautem Bronchialartheriensystem und zusaetzlichen Anatomosen sind haemorrhagische Lungeninfarkte besonders selten. Die radiologische und nuklearmedizinische Diagnostik muss sich daher heute nach vielversprechenden Studien, z.B. unter Einsatz der Spiralcomputertomographie, wesentlich auf die Befunde der thrombembolischen Gefaessobstruktion und transitorische Perfusionsausfaelle und weniger auf parenchymatoese Infiltratmuster stuetzen. (orig./MG)

  18. Evaluation of meteorological and epidemiological characteristics of fatal pulmonary embolism

    Törő, Klára; Pongrácz, Rita; Bartholy, Judit; Váradi-T, Aletta; Marcsa, Boglárka; Szilágyi, Brigitta; Lovas, Attila; Dunay, György; Sótonyi, Péter

    2016-03-01

    The objective of the present study was to identify risk factors among epidemiological factors and meteorological conditions in connection with fatal pulmonary embolism. Information was collected from forensic autopsy records in sudden unexpected death cases where pulmonary embolism was the exact cause of death between 2001 and 2010 in Budapest. Meteorological parameters were detected during the investigated period. Gender, age, manner of death, cause of death, place of death, post-mortem pathomorphological changes and daily meteorological conditions (i.e. daily mean temperature and atmospheric pressure) were examined. We detected that the number of registered pulmonary embolism (No 467, 211 male) follows power law in time regardless of the manner of death. We first described that the number of registered fatal pulmonary embolism up to the nth day can be expressed as Y( n) = α ṡ n β where Y denotes the number of fatal pulmonary embolisms up to the nth day and α > 0 and β > 1 are model parameters. We found that there is a definite link between the cold temperature and the increasing incidence of fatal pulmonary embolism. Cold temperature and the change of air pressure appear to be predisposing factors for fatal pulmonary embolism. Meteorological parameters should have provided additional information about the predisposing factors of thromboembolism.

  19. Diagnosing pulmonary embolism using artificial neural networks

    Pulmonary Embolism (PE), an obstruction of pulmonary blood flow to the distal lung is a life-threatening condition causing chest pain and difficulty of breathing. Hence, prompt diagnosis is necessary so to render medical attention immediately. The standard way of diagnosing PE is through Lung Scintigraphy analyzed by Nuclear Medicine physicians. An expert system using artificial neural network (ANN) is created to diagnose PE with its probability based on Prospective Investigation of Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis (PIOPED). A set of patients who underwent lung scan due to PE formed the training group while another set of patients formed the test group. None of the training group scans was included in the test group. The training group was trained by ANN using the back propagation method and Delta Rule while the test group was used to measure the performance of the expert system. All scans were examined independently by one expert nuclear medicine physician based on PIOPED criteria. The expert system is a standalone application with user-friendly interface. It shows all the 8 standard projections of lung scan. White spots and hot spots are detected and effectively reduced in the images to warrant more accurate diagnosis. Spaces around the lung images are also removed ensuring proper alignment of the ventilation and perfusion images to the template. Likewise, the system is able to quantify the mismatched between the ventilation and perfusion images. Based on the evaluation of the test group, the system is able to match the diagnosis of the expert physician by 80 %. The expert system can be used as a temporary substitute when there are no immediate help from expert physicians. It can also be used as a teaching tool by resident doctors training in radiology or nuclear medicine and is not meant to replace the expert physicians diagnosis. (authors)

  20. Imaging of nonthrombotic pulmonary embolism: biological materials, nonbiological materials, and foreign bodies.

    Bach, Andreas Gunter; Restrepo, Carlos Santiago; Abbas, Jasmin; Villanueva, Alberto; Lorenzo Dus, María José; Schöpf, Reinhard; Imanaka, Hideaki; Lehmkuhl, Lukas; Tsang, Flora Hau Fung; Saad, Fathinul Fikri Ahmad; Lau, Eddie; Rubio Alvarez, Jose; Battal, Bilal; Behrmann, Curd; Spielmann, Rolf Peter; Surov, Alexey

    2013-03-01

    Nonthrombotic pulmonary embolism is defined as embolization to the pulmonary circulation caused by a wide range of substances of endogenous and exogenous biological and nonbiological origin and foreign bodies. It is an underestimated cause of acute and chronic embolism. Symptoms cover the entire spectrum from asymptomatic patients to sudden death. In addition to obstruction of the pulmonary vasculature there may be an inflammatory cascade that deteriorates vascular, pulmonary and cardiac function. In most cases the patient history and radiological imaging reveals the true nature of the patient's condition. The purpose of this article is to give the reader a survey on pathophysiology, typical clinical and radiological findings in different forms of nonthrombotic pulmonary embolism. The spectrum of forms presented here includes pulmonary embolism with biological materials (amniotic fluid, trophoblast material, endogenous tissue like bone and brain, fat, Echinococcus granulosus, septic emboli and tumor cells); nonbiological materials (cement, gas, iodinated oil, glue, metallic mercury, radiotracer, silicone, talc, cotton, and hyaluronic acid); and foreign bodies (lost intravascular objects, bullets, catheter fragments, intraoperative material, radioactive seeds, and ventriculoperitoneal shunts). PMID:23102488

  1. Pulmonary tumor embolism syndrome from occult colonic adenocarcinoma

    Heithaus, Robert Evans; Hitchcock, Michael A.; Guileyardo, Joseph M.

    2013-01-01

    Pulmonary tumor embolism syndrome is a rare phenomenon that can occur in patients who have an occult neoplasm that metastasizes. We describe a case of an elderly woman with an undiagnosed colon cancer who suffered from respiratory distress and compromised pulmonary blood flow from micrometastasis in the pulmonary arteries.

  2. Transcatheter Therapy for a Large Mobile Right Atrial Thrombus and Massive Pulmonary Embolism.

    Narang, Akhil; Mediratta, Anuj; Estrada, Jeremy R; Rosenberg, Jonathan; DeCara, Jeanne M; Howell, Michael D; Lang, Roberto M; Paul, Jonathan D; Nathan, Sandeep; Shah, Atman P; Blair, John E

    2016-05-01

    A variety of interventional management approaches exist for the treatment of acute pulmonary embolism (PE). However, when PE is accompanied by residual right heart thrombus, the best therapeutic options are less clear. We describe a novel combined technique of percutaneous aspiration of unstable right atrial thrombus followed by ultrasound-directed thrombolysis of massive PE. PMID:27145056

  3. Endovascular embolization through pulmonary artery access for refractory massive hemoptysis

    Objective: To determine the effectiveness of endovascular embolization through pulmonary artery access in patients with refractory massive hemoptysis in whom systemic artery (SA) embolization is ineffective or contraindicated. Methods: A total of 102 patients were treated with SA embolization for hemoptysis. Of the 102 patients,6 patients had severe persistent hemoptysis despite complete SA embolization and 1 patient had severe hemoptysis following complete bronchial artery embolization and other SA embolization was contraindicated. The underlying diseases were chronic cavitary pulmonary tuberculosis (n=3), chronic cavitary pulmonary tuberculosis complicated with aspergilloma (n=1), tuberculous bronchiectasis (n=1), severe necrotizing pneumonia (n=1) and bronchiectasis complicated with pneumatocele (n=1). The findings of SA angiography, main pulmonary angiography and selective pulmonary angiography were analyzed. Endovascular embolization was performed in patients with the detectable pathology in PA and the clinical results were observed. Results: The findings of SA angiography showed bronchopulmonary shunting in all cases, and pseudoaneurysm of PA in 2 cases and hypertrophy of peripheral PA in 2 cases. The main PA angiography demonstrated pseudoaneurysm of PA in 1 case and hypoperfusion of the diseased PA in other case. The selective PA angiography demonstrated pseudoaneurysm of PA in 4 cases (1 case with extravasation of contrast medium) and hypertrophy of peripheral PA in 2 cases. Coil embolization of the pathologic PA were successfully performed and bleeding ceased in all patients. During follow-up, 1 patient had episodic bloody sputum after embolization, and 2 died day 6 and 15 of severe infection and respiratory failure and the remaining patients were all stable, Conclusions: In patients with refractory massive hemoptysis after systemic embolization, the possibility of PA pathology, especially pseudoaneurysm of PA should be considered. Selective pulmonary

  4. Comparison and combination of a hemodynamics/biomarkers-based model with simplified PESI score for prognostic stratification of acute pulmonary embolism: findings from a real world study

    Luca Masotti

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: Prognostic stratification is of utmost importance for management of acute Pulmonary Embolism (PE in clinical practice. Many prognostic models have been proposed, but which is the best prognosticator in real life remains unclear. The aim of our study was to compare and combine the predictive values of the hemodynamics/biomarkers based prognostic model proposed by European Society of Cardiology (ESC in 2008 and simplified PESI score (sPESI. Methods: Data records of 452 patients discharged for acute PE from Internal Medicine wards of Tuscany (Italy were analysed. The ESC model and sPESI were retrospectively calculated and compared by using Areas under Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC Curves (AUCs and finally the combination of the two models was tested in hemodinamically stable patients. All cause and PE-related in-hospital mortality and fatal or major bleedings were the analyzed endpoints Results: All cause in-hospital mortality was 25% (16.6% PE related in high risk, 8.7% (4.7% in intermediate risk and 3.8% (1.2% in low risk patients according to ESC model. All cause in-hospital mortality was 10.95% (5.75% PE related in patients with sPESI score and #8805;1 and 0% (0% in sPESI score 0. Predictive performance of sPESI was not significantly different compared with 2008 ESC model both for all cause (AUC sPESI 0.711, 95% CI: 0.661-0.758 versus ESC 0.619, 95% CI: 0.567-0.670, difference between AUCs 0.0916, p=0.084 and for PE-related mortality (AUC sPESI 0.764, 95% CI: 0.717-0.808 versus ESC 0.650, 95% CI: 0.598-0.700, difference between AUCs 0.114, p=0.11. Fatal or major bleedings occurred in 4.30% of high risk, 1.60% of intermediate risk and 2.50% of low risk patients according to 2008 ESC model, whereas these occurred in 1.80% of high risk and 1.45% of low risk patients according to sPESI, respectively. Predictive performance for fatal or major bleeding between two models was not significantly different (AUC sPESI 0.658, 95% CI

  5. N-Butyl-2-cyanoacrylate and lipoidol pulmonary embolism (glue embolism)

    Glue embolisation is a rare happening and many clinicians who evaluate patients for post sclerotherapy problems may be unaware of this complication. We present a case of pulmonary embolism in a patient of cirrhosis liver secondary to gastric variceal sclerotherapy with N-Butyl-2-cyanoacrylate and lipoidol solution. This is also called glue embolism. (author)

  6. [Massive pulmonary embolism due to hydatid vesicles. Report of a case (author's transl)].

    Grau Junyent, J M; Vernet Vernet, M; Fernández-Huerta, J M; Ramírez Ruz, J; Urbano-Márquez, A; Rozman, C

    1980-04-25

    A patient with hepatic and peritoneal hydatidosis suffered acute episodes of restrictive bronchial disease for the last 2 years. The patient was admitted during the course of one of this acute episodes with clinical symptoms of pulmonary embolism. Supportive therapeutic measures were prescribed, but the patient died 12 hours latter. Autopsy revealed hepatic, peritoneal and pulmonary hidatidosis as well as multiple pulmonary thromboembolisms due to hydatid vesicles. Literature on this subject is reviewed, and different clinical forms and therapeutic possibilities are discussed. The importance of small therapeutic possibilities are discussed. The importance of small recurrent hydatid embolisms in the pathogenesis of acute or subacute cor pulmonale in patients with liver hydatidosis is stressed. PMID:7374237

  7. Fibrinolysis for patients with intermediate-risk pulmonary embolism

    Meyer, Guy; Vicaut, Eric; Danays, Thierry; Agnelli, Giancarlo; Becattini, Cecilia; Beyer-Westendorf, Jan; Bluhmki, Erich; Bouvaist, Helene; Brenner, Benjamin; Couturaud, Francis; Dellas, Claudia; Empen, Klaus; Franca, Ana; Galiè, Nazzareno; Geibel, Annette

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND The role of fibrinolytic therapy in patients with intermediate-risk pulmonary embolism is controversial. METHODS In a randomized, double-blind trial, we compared tenecteplase plus heparin with placebo plus heparin in normotensive patients with intermediate-risk pulmonary embolism. Eligible patients had right ventricular dysfunction on echocardiography or computed tomography, as well as myocardial injury as indicated by a positive test for cardiac troponin I or troponin ...

  8. Prevalence of pulmonary embolism at necropsy in patients with cancer.

    Svendsen, E; Karwinski, B

    1989-01-01

    The series studied comprised 6197 patients who had died of or who had cancer at death and represents all patients with cancer from 21,530 necropsies performed at this department from 1960-84. Pulmonary embolism was significantly more common among cancer patients than in those with non-neoplastic diseases. Among those palliatively treated, patients with ovarian cancer, cancer of the extrahepatic bile duct system, and cancer of the stomach had the highest prevalence of pulmonary embolism (34.6%...

  9. Assessment of pulmonary ventilation scans using Xenon-127 in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

    Pulmonary ventilation scans using 127Xe were compared with scans using 133Xe in the diagonsis of pulmonary embolism. A perfusion scan using sup(99m)Tc-microspheres and ventilation scans with each of the xenon isotopes were performed on 44 patients referred for lung scanning to confirm or exclude a suspected clinical diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. No significant difference was found in the frequency of diagnosis of pulmonary embolism when comparing each of the ventilation scans with the corresponding perfusion scan. For reasons discussed, 127Xe may be more useful than 133Xe for pulmonary ventilation scanning. (orig.)

  10. Relationship between deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism by radionuclide techniques in 150 patients

    Objective: This study was to evaluate the relationship between deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism assessed by radionuclide imaging. Methods: One hundred and fifty patients with pulmonary embolism from September 1997 to September 2001 were included. Pulmonary perfusion/ventilation imaging and deep venous radionuclide venography was performed in all patients. There were 87 men, and 63 women, with an average age 39±18 years. Of them, 26 underwent pulmonary arteriography. Eleven patients had X Ray phleography of lower extremities, 18 patients had Impedence plethymography (IPG), and 36 patients had lower limb ultrasound study. Results: Out of 150 patients with pulmonary embolism, 128 (85.5%) had lower limb venous pathological changes. Among them, 100 patients had risk factors of deep venous thrombosis (78.3%). 120 patients had proximal vein (80.0%). The agreement between radionuclide venography and X Ray phleography of lower extremities UCG and IPG was 90.9%, 70.2% and 80.0% respectively. Conclusions: Our results indicate that DVT was one of most important cause for acute pulmonary embolism, and thrombosis is mostly located in the proximal veins

  11. The role of lung imaging in pulmonary embolism

    Mishkin, Fred S.; Johnson, Philip M.

    1973-01-01

    The advantages of lung scanning in suspected pulmonary embolism are its diagnostic sensitivity, simplicity and safety. The ability to delineate regional pulmonary ischaemia, to quantitate its extent and to follow its response to therapy provides valuable clinical data available by no other simple means. The negative scan effectively excludes pulmonary embolism but, although certain of its features favour the diagnosis of embolism, the positive scan inherently lacks specificity and requires angiographic confirmation when embolectomy, caval plication or infusion of a thrombolytic agent are contemplated. The addition of simple ventilation imaging techniques with radioxenon overcomes this limitation by providing accurate analog estimation or digital quantitation of regional ventilation: perfusion (V/Q) ratios fundamental to understanding the pathophysiologic consequences of embolism and other diseases of the lung. ImagesFig. 1Fig. 2Fig. 3Fig. 4Fig. 5Fig. 6Fig. 7p495-bFig. 8Fig. 9Fig. 10Fig. 11Fig. 12Fig. 13 PMID:4602128

  12. Bronchial artery embolization for therapy of pulmonary bleeding in patients with cystic fibrosis

    Introduction: Acute pulmonary emergencies in patient with cystic fibrosis (CF) can be found in cases of pneumothorax as well as hemoptysis. If the bleeding cannot be stopped by conservative methods, an embolization of the bronchial arteries should be done. Materials and Method: 11 patients were embolized using a combination of PVA particles and microcoils. Results: From January 1996 to June 2001 17 bronchial arteries in 11 patients were embolized. 7 patients suffered from chronical hemoptysis, 4 patients had an acute hemoptysis. In 4 patients both sides were embolized, in 3 patients only one side. The remaining 4 patients needed a second intervention, embolizing the other side. The primary embolizated bronchial artery was still closed in all 4 patients. In 1 patient the selective catheterization of a bronchial artery was not successful, thus the embolization could not be carried out. 1 patient died 5 days after the intervention due to a fulminant pneumonia (Pseudomonas aeruginosa) without recurrent bleeding. In two patients atypical branches from intercostal arteries feeding the bronchial arteries were detected and successfully embolized. All patients profited from the therapy, as bleeding could be stopped or at least be reduced. 3 patients suffered from back pain during or after intervention. There were no severe complications like neurological deficiencies or necroses. (orig.)

  13. Multiple myeloma with pulmonary embolism: a case report

    YING Ke-jing; ZHOU Yong; JIANG Hao; CHEN En-guo; ZHOU Pan

    2006-01-01

    @@ We report a rare case of a patient who died suddenly, in whom bilateral pulmonary artery thrombosis with multiple myeloma was found at autopsy. An estimate of the incidence of pulmonary embolism in myeloma patients based on postmortem examinations is about 3.2%. Hypercoagulability and decreased fibrinolytic capacity due to multiple myeloma were the probable causes of multiple thromboses.

  14. Pulmonary embolism: are we there yet?

    Clinical prediction rules (such as Wells model) are a reliable assessment tool for diagnostic work-up of suspected pulmonary embolism (PE). When used as part of a clinical algorithm and in combination with a D-Dimer, the model can safely exclude PE in low-risk groups and indicate when further investigations are unnecessary. The purpose of this study was to investigate the level of adherence to local diagnostic imaging guidelines for suspected PE and to ascertain the impact of interventions. Retrospective search of all patients referred from the Emergency Department (ED) of Royal Perth Hospital for computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) or V/Q scan between 11 September 2005 to 10 March 2006 (pre-intervention) and 1 January 2008 to 31 March 2008 (post-intervention) was conducted. The guidelines on ‘Diagnostic Imaging Pathways’ were considered as gold standard. Interventions included orienting ED doctors to guidelines and modified request forms for mandatory completion of Wells score. A prevalence- and bias-adjusted kappa (PABAK) score analysed the level of agreement between documentation on notes (R-score) and stamp (S-score). Thirty-five per cent (n = 187) and 22% (n = 109) deviated from the pathway pre-intervention and post-intervention, respectively (13% absolute reduction; P = 0.017). Stamp compliance was only 55% despite mandatory filling requirement. PABAK for ‘PE as most likely diagnosis’ was 0.25 for V/Q group and – 0.26 for CTPA. In addition, 44/60 (73%) had an intermediate or high S-score, yet only 11 of those 44 had a matched intermediate to high R-Score. Interventions reduced inappropriate practice but did not eliminate it completely. Compliance issues may be managed in the future via the introduction of electronic request linked to decision support.

  15. Single-perfusion defect and pulmonary embolism

    One hundred thirty-three ventilation-perfusion scans with angiographic correlation were retrospectively reviewed in a double-blind study to evaluate the frequency of pulmonary embolism (PE) in single perfusion defects (SPDs) regardless of ventilation or chest radiographic abnormalities. Of 28 SPDs, PE was present in 46% (13 cases). Ten of 13 SPDs were located in the basal segments of the right lower lobe, one in the right middle lobe, and two in the left lower lobe, seven of 13 patients had undergone recent surgery. in contrast, in the non-PE group, seven of 15 SPDs were in the right lung and eight in the left lower lobe, only one of 15 patients had undergone recent surgery. In ten of 13 PE and ten of 15 non-PE cases, the ventilation-perfusion and chest radiographic findings showed matching abnormalities. Two of six cases with ventilation-perfusion mismatch had PE and abnormal radiographs. One of two cases with ventilation-perfusion match and normal radiographs had PE

  16. Echocardiography and pulmonary embolism severity index have independent prognostic roles in pulmonary embolism.

    Sanchez, Olivier; Trinquart, Ludovic; Planquette, Benjamin; Couturaud, Francis; Verschuren, Franck; Caille, Vincent; Meneveau, Nicolas; Pacouret, Gérard; Roy, Pierre-Marie; Righini, Marc; Perrier, Arnaud; Bertoletti, Laurent; Parent, Florence; Lorut, Christine; Meyer, Guy

    2013-09-01

    We analysed a cohort of patients with normotensive pulmonary embolism (PE) in order to assess whether combining echocardiography and biomarkers with the pulmonary embolism severity index (PESI) improves the risk stratification in comparison to the PESI alone. The PESI was calculated in normotensive patients with PE who also underwent echocardiography and assays of cardiac troponin I and brain natriuretic peptide. 30-day adverse outcome was defined as death, recurrent PE or shock. 529 patients were included, 25 (4.7%, 95% CI 3.2-6.9%) had at least one outcome event. The proportion of patients with adverse events increased from 2.1% in PESI class I-II to 8.4% in PESI class III-IV, and to 14.3% in PESI class V (p<0.001). In PESI class I-II, the rate of outcome events was significantly higher in patients with abnormal values of biomarkers or right ventricular dilatation. In multivariate analysis, the PESI (class III-IV versus I-II, OR 3.1, 95% CI 1.2-8.3; class V versus I-II, OR 5.5, 95% CI 1.5-25.5 and echocardiography (right ventricular/left ventricular ratio, OR (for an increase of 0.1) 1.3, 95% CI 1.1-1.5) were independent predictors of an adverse outcome. In patients with normotensive PE, biomarkers and echocardiography provided additional prognostic information to the PESI. PMID:23258789

  17. Differentiation of pulmonary embolism from high altitude pulmonary edema

    Objective: To differentiate the high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) from pulmonary embolism (PE) by clinical probability model of PE, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), aspartate transaminase (AST) and D-dimer assays at high altitude. Subjects and Methods: Consecutive 40 patients evacuated from height > 3000 meters with symptoms of PE or HAPE were included. Clinical pretest probabilities scores of PE, Minutex D-dimer assay (Biopool international) and cardiac enzymes estimation by IFCC approved methods, were used for diagnosis. Mann-Whitney U test was applied by using SPSS and level of significance was taken at (p 500 ng/ml. Plasma D-dimer of 500 ng/ml was considered as cut-off value; 6(66.7%) patients of PE could be diagnosed and 30 (96.7%) cases of HAPE excluded indicating very good negative predictive value. Serum LDH, AST and CK were raised above the reference ranges in 8 (89%), 7 (78%) and 3 (33%) patients of PE as compared to 11 (35%), 6 (19%) and 9 (29%) of HAPE respectively. Conclusion: Clinical assessment in combination with D-dimer assay, LDH and AST can be used for timely differentiation of PE from HAPE at high altitude where diagnostic imaging procedures are not available. (author)

  18. Analysis of risk factors of pulmonary embolism in diabetic patients

    Objective: To study the related risk factors in diabetic patients with pulmonary embolism (PE). Methods: 58 diabetic cases underwent lower limbs 99mTc-MAA veins imaging (and/or ultrasonography) and pulmonary perfusion imaging. The related laboratory data [fasting blood glucose (FBG), blood cholesterol, blood long chain triglycerides (LCT)] and clinic information [age, disease courses, chest symptoms (chest pain and short of breathe), lower limbs symptoms (swelling, varicose veins and diabetic foot) and acute complication (diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar non ketotic diabetic coma)] were collected simultaneously. SPSS was used for χ2-test and Logistic regression analysis. Results: (1) 28 patients (48.3%) were showed to be with lower limbs deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and by 99mTc-MAA imaging, 10 cases (17.2%) with PE. The PE ratios (32.1%) of the patients with DVT was more higher than no DVT (3.3%) (χ2 =6.53, P2≥4.23, P2≤2.76, P>0.05), respectively. (3) Multiplicity analysis indicated: the related risk factors for PE included chest symptoms (Score=13.316, P=0.000) and lower limbs symptoms (Score=7.780, P=0.005). No significant difference to other factors (Score≤2.494, P>0.114), respectively. Conclusion: The serious DM with chest symptoms, lower limbs symptoms and/or DVT must be controlled as early as possible by all kinds of treatment. It will decrease the PE complication. (authors)

  19. Pulmonary embolism--incidence and prognosis in hospitalized elderly.

    Mangion, D. M.

    1989-01-01

    In a retrospective study of 210 patients with pulmonary embolism diagnosed by ventilation perfusion lung scan or at post-mortem, the incidence of pulmonary embolism was greater in patients over 50 years old (1.4%; P less than 0.05). This was largely due to an increased prevalence of serious associated disease (53%; P less than 0.05). Mortality in elderly patients (70 years and older) diagnosed by ventilation perfusion lung scan was similar to that in younger age groups (P greater than 0.05). ...

  20. Pulmonary imaging in fat embolism syndrome.

    Park, H M; Ducret, R P; Brindley, D C

    1986-07-01

    Ventilation/perfusion lung scanning can be used to effectively detect fat embolism following skeletal trauma. Typical ventilation/perfusion findings may be present when the chest radiograph is normal, and clinical findings are equivocal. PMID:3731656

  1. Quantitative pulmonary perfusion and ventilation scintigraphy in patients with pulmonary embolism

    In 52 patients who were suspected of having pulmonary embolism, functional and static scintigrams obtained during perfusion and ventilation analysis of the lungs were quantified by calculating the counts per pixel within regions of interest. This procedure was valuable especially in patients with bordeline findings and during follow-up. It assisted to establish the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism in 45 patients so that rapid treatment could be initiated

  2. Symptomatic subsegmental pulmonary embolism: what is the next step?

    M.; Carrier; Righini, Marc Philip; Le Gal, G

    2012-01-01

    The introduction of computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) has led to an increase in the incidence of pulmonary embolism (PE) diagnosis. However, the case fatality rate is lower and the mortality rates of PE have remained unchanged, suggesting a lower severity of illness. Specifically, the multiple-detector CTPA increased the rate of subsegmental filling defect reported in patients with suspected PE. Whether these filling defects reported on CTPA would correlate with true subsegment...

  3. Post-traumatic pulmonary embolism in the intensive care unit

    Mabrouk Bahloul; Anis Chaari; Hassen Dammak; Fatma Medhioub; Leila Abid; Hichem Ksibi; Sondes Haddar; Hatem Kallel; Hedi Chelly; Chokri Ben Hamida; Mounir Bouaziz

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To determine the predictive factors, clinical manifestations, and the outcome of patients with post-traumatic pulmonary embolism (PE) admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU). Methods: During a four-year prospective study, a medical committee of six ICU physicians prospectively examined all available data for each trauma patient in order to classify patients according to the level of clinical suspicion of pulmonary thromboembolism. During the study period, all trauma patients ...

  4. Ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy in suspected pulmonary embolism

    This paper defines the frequency of pulmonary embolism (PE) within the various scintigraphic patterns. The results of ventilation/perfusion (V-Q) imagining and pulmonary angiography were retrospectively analyzed in 151 patients with suspected PE. The study population consisted of 65 men and 86 women, aged 19--91 years. All scans were interpreted by an experienced nuclear medicine physician who knew each patient's clinical history. The V/Q studies were interpreted in accordance with the criteria established by previous work

  5. Assessing the clinical probability of pulmonary embolism

    Miniati, M. [Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Institute of Clinical Physiology, Pisa (Italy); Pistolesi, M. [University of Florence, Dept. of Section of Nuclear Medicine Critical Care, Florence (Italy)

    2001-12-01

    Clinical assessment is a cornerstone of the recently validated diagnostic strategies for pulmonary embolism (PE). Although the diagnostic yield of individual symptoms, signs, and common laboratory tests is limited, the combination of these variables, either by empirical assessment or by a prediction rule, can be used to express a clinical probability of PE. The latter may serve as pretest probability to predict the probability of PE after further objective testing (posterior or post-test probability). Over the last few years, attempts have been made to develop structured prediction models for PE. In a Canadian multicenter prospective study, the clinical probability of PE was rated as low, intermediate, or high according to a model which included assessment of presenting symptoms and signs, risk factors, and presence or absence of an alternative diagnosis at least as likely as PE. Recently, a simple clinical score was developed to stratify outpatients with suspected PE into groups with low, intermediate, or high clinical probability. Logistic regression was used to predict parameters associated with PE. A score {<=} 4 identified patients with low probability of whom 10% had PE. The prevalence of PE in patients with intermediate (score 5-8) and high probability (score {>=} 9) was 38 and 81%, respectively. As opposed to the Canadian model, this clinical score is standardized. The predictor variables identified in the model, however, were derived from a database of emergency ward patients. This model may, therefore, not be valid in assessing the clinical probability of PE in inpatients. In the PISA-PED study, a clinical diagnostic algorithm was developed which rests on the identification of three relevant clinical symptoms and on their association with electrocardiographic and/or radiographic abnormalities specific for PE. Among patients who, according to the model, had been rated as having a high clinical probability, the prevalence of proven PE was 97%, while it was

  6. Assessing the clinical probability of pulmonary embolism

    Clinical assessment is a cornerstone of the recently validated diagnostic strategies for pulmonary embolism (PE). Although the diagnostic yield of individual symptoms, signs, and common laboratory tests is limited, the combination of these variables, either by empirical assessment or by a prediction rule, can be used to express a clinical probability of PE. The latter may serve as pretest probability to predict the probability of PE after further objective testing (posterior or post-test probability). Over the last few years, attempts have been made to develop structured prediction models for PE. In a Canadian multicenter prospective study, the clinical probability of PE was rated as low, intermediate, or high according to a model which included assessment of presenting symptoms and signs, risk factors, and presence or absence of an alternative diagnosis at least as likely as PE. Recently, a simple clinical score was developed to stratify outpatients with suspected PE into groups with low, intermediate, or high clinical probability. Logistic regression was used to predict parameters associated with PE. A score ≤ 4 identified patients with low probability of whom 10% had PE. The prevalence of PE in patients with intermediate (score 5-8) and high probability (score ≥ 9) was 38 and 81%, respectively. As opposed to the Canadian model, this clinical score is standardized. The predictor variables identified in the model, however, were derived from a database of emergency ward patients. This model may, therefore, not be valid in assessing the clinical probability of PE in inpatients. In the PISA-PED study, a clinical diagnostic algorithm was developed which rests on the identification of three relevant clinical symptoms and on their association with electrocardiographic and/or radiographic abnormalities specific for PE. Among patients who, according to the model, had been rated as having a high clinical probability, the prevalence of proven PE was 97%, while it was 3

  7. The pulmonary embolism diagnostic in relation with of the Pioped II and with the new isotopics technic

    On June the first of 2006, the New England Journal of Medicine Published the results of Pioped II study about the utility of multidetector computed tomographic angiography (CTA )alone and in combination with Venous-phase multidetector CT venography (CTA-CTV) for diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism. From 7284 patients screened, 824 completed test and reference examinations, 51 and 87 patients were excluded because the CTA and CTA-CVT were s inconclusive for interpretation. On 773 patients with interpretable CTA, sensibility was 83%,specificity 96% . On 737 patients with interpretable CTA-CVT the sensitivity was 90% and specificity was 95%.However the predictive value of CTA and CTA-CTV varied substantially when the clinical assessment was taken into account. In patients with a low clinical probability of pulmonary embolism, 42 percent of the CTA and 43% of the CTA-CVT readings were false positive. In patients with a high clinical probability, 40 percent of results on CTA and 18 percent of results on CTA-CTV were false negative. Then CTA and CTV-CTV per se don't rule out pulmonary embolism and don't have the transcendence of a normal ventilation-perfusion scanning. Is so important that they used a composite reference standard to diagnose or rule out pulmonary embolism where the ventilation perfusion scanning was the higher protagonist. Pulmonary embolism was established with a ventilation-perfusion lung scanning showing a high probability of pulmonary embolism, positive findings on pulmonary digital subtraction angiography (DSA), or positive findings on sonogram in a patient and non diagnostic results on ventilation-perfusion scanning . Exclusion of pulmonary embolism was established with a normal findings on DSA, normal findings on ventilation-perfusion scanning, or ventilation-perfusion scanning showing either a low or very low probability of pulmonary embolism with a clinical Wells score of less than 2 and normal findings on venous sonogram. Considering results

  8. Pulmonary embolism and stroke associated with mechanical thrombectomy

    Paulo Bastianetto

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Mechanical thrombectomy offers the advantage of rapid removal of venous thrombi. It allows venous obstructions to be removed and requires shorter duration of infusion of thrombolytic agents. However, aspiration of thrombi can lead to complications, particularly pulmonary embolism and hemolysis. The validity of using vena cava filters during thrombectomy in order to avoid embolism has not yet been established. The authors report a case of massive pulmonary embolism associated with ischemic stroke in a patient with a hitherto undiagnosed patent foramen ovale. The patient developed respiratory failure and neurological deficit after thrombectomy. This case raise questions about the value of the thrombectomy for the treatment of proximal vein thrombosis due to the risks of this procedure. The authors also discuss the need for vena cava filters and ruling out a patent foramen ovale in patients undergoing thrombectomy.

  9. Oral rivaroxaban for the treatment of symptomatic pulmonary embolism

    Büller, Harry R; Prins, Martin H.; Lensing, Anthonie W. A.; Decousus, Hervé; Jacobson, Barry F; Minar, Erich; Chlumsky, Jaromir; Verhamme, Peter; Wells, Phil; Agnelli, Giancarlo; Cohen, Alexander; Berkowitz, Scott D.; Bounameaux, Henri; Davidson, Bruce L; Misselwitz, Frank

    2012-01-01

    A fixed-dose regimen of rivaroxaban, an oral factor Xa inhibitor, has been shown to be as effective as standard anticoagulant therapy for the treatment of deep-vein thrombosis, without the need for laboratory monitoring. This approach may also simplify the treatment of pulmonary embolism.

  10. Dual energy CT pulmonary angiography for evaluation of pulmonary embolism in pediatric patients with nephrotic syndrome

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the value of dual energy CT pulmonary angiography (DE-CTPA) in detection of pulmonary embolism in the children with nephritic syndrome. Materials and Methods: Fifty-two patients aged ≤18 years were included into this study from April 2010 to June 2011. Two radiologists reviewed and recorded the presence of perfusion defects or filling defects at dual energy CT perfusion images and CTPA images. CT enhancement values of embolic and nonembolic regions were measured with automatic and manual methods. Results: Of 52 patients, 11 (21.2%, 11/52) patients had pulmonary embolism. Of 11 patients with pulmonary embolism, 9 patients had lobar (n=3), segmental (n=5), and subsegmental (n=1) filling defects, while two patients were negative at the initial CTPA from average weighted images but positive at dual energy CT perfusion images. Eight patients had lobar (n=3), segmental (n=5) perfusion defects while 3 patients had no typical perfusion defects at dual energy CT perfusion images. Automatic and manual measurements showed the CT enhancement value of embolic regions measured with automatic method [(37.8±15.6) HU vs. (49.5±14.1) HU, t=-2.663, P=0.014] and CT enhancement value measured with annual method [(19.1±11.2) HU vs. (49.6±12.7) HU, t=-8.841, P<0.001] were lower than those of nonembolic regions. Conclusions: The incidence of pulmonary embolism was 21.2% in pediatric patients with nephritic syndrome in this study. Dual energy CTPA can show the perfusion defects resulting from pulmonary embolism, having a potential to improve the detection of pulmonary embolism in pediatric population. (authors)

  11. Recent advances of ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy in clinical diagnosis and interventional treatment of pulmonary embolism

    Ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy can reflect the pulmonary function of ventilation and perfusion, then, indirectly assess the distribution of embolism. This technique is especially valuable in evaluating hemodynamic stability in patients with suspected pulmonary embolism. Ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy is superior to other imaging means in clinical practice as it is non-invasive and carries high specificity in detecting sub-segmental embolism. Furthermore, the advantages of interventional therapy are of significant clinical value in treating pulmonary embolism. This paper aims to make a comprehensive review for the ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy diagnosis, as well as the interventional treatment, of pulmonary embolism. (authors)

  12. Identification of patients with low-risk pulmonary embolism suitable for outpatient treatment using the pulmonary embolism severity index (PESI).

    McCabe, A

    2013-06-01

    There is increasing evidence that outpatient treatment of patients with low-risk stable pulmonary embolism (PE) is safe, effective and potentially reduces costs. It is not clear how many patients presenting to an Irish Emergency Department (ED) are potentially suitable for outpatient management.

  13. Risk Factors and Prognosis of Lung Cancer Combined with Pulmonary Embolism

    Wang, Jun; Zhou, Weihua; Xu, Lin; Yang, Min; Lijuan MENG; Weifei FAN; Pu, Xiaolin; Yang, Yuanhua

    2011-01-01

    Background and objective Malignant tumors often combined with venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, especially in lung cancer. It has been proven that, the mechanisms and risk factors for lung cancer patients contracting pulmonary embolism are unclear. The aim of this study is to summarize the clinical data on 54 patients with lung cancer and concomitant pulmonary embolism, and to analyze the risk factors and prognosis of lung cancer with pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE). Methods From Apri...

  14. Developments in the management and treatment of pulmonary embolism

    Rachel Limbrey

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary embolism (PE is a serious and costly disease for patients and healthcare systems. Guidelines emphasise the importance of differentiating between patients who are at high risk of mortality (those with shock and/or hypotension, who may be candidates for thrombolytic therapy or surgery, and those with less severe presentations. Recent clinical studies and guidelines have focused particularly on risk stratification of intermediate-risk patients. Although the use of thrombolysis has been investigated in these patients, anticoagulation remains the standard treatment approach. Individual risk stratification directs initial treatment. Rates of recurrence differ between subgroups of patients with PE; therefore, a review of provoking factors, along with the risks of morbidity and bleeding, guides the duration of ongoing anticoagulation. The direct oral anticoagulants have shown similar efficacy and, in some cases, reduced major bleeding compared with standard approaches for acute treatment. They also offer the potential to reduce the burden on patients and outpatient services in the post-hospital phase. Rivaroxaban, dabigatran and apixaban have been shown to reduce the risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism versus placebo, when given for >12 months. Patients receiving direct oral anticoagulants do not require regular coagulation monitoring, but follow-up, ideally in a specialist PE clinic in consultation with primary care providers, is recommended.

  15. Developments in the management and treatment of pulmonary embolism.

    Limbrey, Rachel; Howard, Luke

    2015-09-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a serious and costly disease for patients and healthcare systems. Guidelines emphasise the importance of differentiating between patients who are at high risk of mortality (those with shock and/or hypotension), who may be candidates for thrombolytic therapy or surgery, and those with less severe presentations. Recent clinical studies and guidelines have focused particularly on risk stratification of intermediate-risk patients. Although the use of thrombolysis has been investigated in these patients, anticoagulation remains the standard treatment approach. Individual risk stratification directs initial treatment. Rates of recurrence differ between subgroups of patients with PE; therefore, a review of provoking factors, along with the risks of morbidity and bleeding, guides the duration of ongoing anticoagulation. The direct oral anticoagulants have shown similar efficacy and, in some cases, reduced major bleeding compared with standard approaches for acute treatment. They also offer the potential to reduce the burden on patients and outpatient services in the post-hospital phase. Rivaroxaban, dabigatran and apixaban have been shown to reduce the risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism versus placebo, when given for >12 months. Patients receiving direct oral anticoagulants do not require regular coagulation monitoring, but follow-up, ideally in a specialist PE clinic in consultation with primary care providers, is recommended. PMID:26324810

  16. Ventilation-perfusion studies in suspected pulmonary embolism

    The results of ventilation-perfusion (V-Q) imaging and pulmonary angiography were retrospectively analyzed in 146 patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) to define the frequency of PE associated with various scintigraphic patterns. When the radionuclide images demonstrated at least two moderate-sized or one large area of V-Q mismatch, the probability of PE was 92%. However, only one of three patients with a single moderate-sized V-Q mismatch had PE, while small V-Q mismatches were not associated with PE in any of 19 patients. Matched V-Q abnormalities in lung regions that were radiographically normal were infrequently due to PE (4.8%). When a perfusion defect was substantially smaller than a corresponding radiograpic abnormality, frequency of PE was low (7.7%). Conversely, when a perfusion defect was substantially larger than the corresponding radiographic abnormality, there was a high probability of PE (87%). Matched perfusion and radiographic abnormalities indicated an intermediate probability of PE (27%). Patients with suspected pulmonary embolism may be classified into groups with low, intermediate, or high probability of pulmonary embolism on the basis of size and number of perfusion defects and a careful comparison of perfusion defects with ventilatory and radiographic findings

  17. Malignant fibrous histiocytoma mimicking pulmonary embolism.

    Sleyster, T J; Heystraten, F M

    1988-01-01

    A rare case of malignant fibrous histiocytoma occurring in the pulmonary artery is reported. Such primary pulmonary artery sarcomas may have the diagnosis suggested by angiography or echocardiography; radiographically and in perfusion-ventilation scanning their usual unilateral origin (with later spread) and the persistence of the perfusion defect are among the features normally distinguishing them from thromboembolism.

  18. Pulmonary fat embolism induced intravenous injection of autologous bone marrow in rabbit: CT and pathologic correlation

    To evaluate the correlation between CT and pathologic findings of pulmonary fat embolism in rabbits. In 16 rabbits, pulmonary fat embolism was induced by intravenous injection of autologous bone marrow(mean 3.3 mL). Chest CT scans were obtained immediately(within 1 hour), and 1, 3, and 7 days after embolization. The rabbits were divided into four groups. Group 1 underwent CT scanning immediately after embolization, group 2 immediately and 1 day after embolization, group 3 immediately, 1 day and 3 days after embolization, group 4 immediately, 1 day, 3 days and 7 days after embolization. Pathologic specimens were obtained immediately after the last CT scan. The earliest CT findings of pulmonary fat embolism in rabbits were peripheral lung lucency(16/16, 100%), perivascular ground-glass(12/16, 75.0%) and enlargement of the central pulmonary artery(11/16, 68.8%). Pathologically, perivascular ground-glass opacity correlated with extensive perivascular alveolar congestion and enlargement of the central pulmonary artery correlated with perivascular connective tissue edema and reactive pulmonary arterial engorgement. Peripheral lung lucency was probably caused by embolic occlusion of the pulmonary artery and decreased perfusion and air trapping induced by arterial and bronchial spasm associated with hypoxia. CT scans obtained 1 and 3 days after embolization showed nodules and patchy ground-glass opacity and consolidation. Aggregation of nodules resulted in patch opacities. Pathologically, pulmonary nodules correlated with focal inflammation surrounding an artery and parenchymal opacity correlated with parenchymal consolidation and hemorrhagic edema. CT scans and pathologic specimens obtained 7 days after embolization showed improvement of parenchymal lung abnormalities. Pulmonary fat embolism in rabbits show CT and pathologic findings which vary with dynamic change. Typical earliest findings of pulmonary fat embolism were peripheral lung lucency, perivascular ground

  19. Pulmonary Embolism in a Patient with Primary Renal Synovial Sarcoma: The Important Differential Diagnosis of Tumor Embolism and Its Therapeutic Implications

    Schmid, Sabine; Öhlschlegel, Christian; Nagel, Wolfgang; Zeisel, Christoph; Müller, Joachim; Rothermundt, Christian

    2013-01-01

    Pulmonary tumor embolism rarely occurs in epithelial-derived tumors, but it has been described in different tumor entities. Microscopic pulmonary tumor embolisms are often only discovered on autopsy. Pulmonary thromboembolism, on the other hand, is a frequent complication in cancer patients, and surgery in patients with a malignant tumor is an additional risk factor. The differential diagnosis between pulmonary thromboembolism and pulmonary tumor embolism can be challenging. In this case repo...

  20. The role of lung perfusion and ventilation study in the evaluation of pulmonary embolism

    The role of lung perfusion and ventilation study (Lung scintigraphy), in the diagnosis of management of patients with clinically suspected pulmonary embolism, will be reviewed. Evidence will be provided,that a normal perfusion scan excludes clinically relevant pulmonary embolism, and that a high probability lung scan, defined as a segmented perfusion defect with locally normal ventilation, sufficiently confirms the presence of pulmonary embolism in the majority of patients carried out in the study

  1. Evaluation of right heart function by echocardiography after thrombolysis in patients with acute pulmonary embolism%超声心动图评价急性肺栓塞患者溶栓前后右心功能指标

    解东兴; 史妍; 郑琨; 刘慧林; 邓晓蕴

    2012-01-01

    目的 采用超声心动图测量急性肺栓塞患者溶栓前后右心功能指标以评价溶栓效果.方法 80例急性肺栓塞患者均接受溶栓治疗.溶栓前和溶栓后24 h采用超声心动图检查患者右心室前壁厚度(RVAWT)、右心室舒张末期前后径(RVED)、主肺动脉内径(PAD)、右心室舒张期横径(RVDD)、右心房舒张期横径(RADD)、三尖瓣反流压差(TRPG)及肺动脉收缩压(SPAP).结果 80例急性肺栓塞患者溶栓后RVAWT、RVED、PAD、RVDD、TRPG、SPAP分别为(4.23±1.02)mm、(26.20±3.01) mm、(26.67±2.36)mm、(36.23±4.36)mm、(31.68±2.33)mm Hg(1 mm Hg=0.133 kPa)、(37.52±3.20)mm Hg,较溶栓前的(7.56±1.22)mm、(31.78±3.26)mm、(29.44±2.20)mm、(40.20±5.01)mm、(48.98±3.80) mm Hg、(57.25±4.23)mm Hg均降低,且差异均有统计学意义(t值分别为3.01、2.78、2.35、2.75、2.98、3.55,P均<0.01或0.05);溶栓后患者RADD为(37.55±5.25)mm,与溶栓前的(38.25±4.25)mm比较差异无统计学意义(t=1.32,P=0.18).结论 超声心动图对急性肺栓塞患者溶栓前后右心功能评价有重要意义.溶栓治疗可改善急性肺栓塞患者右心功能.%Objective To evaluate the effect of thrombolysis through measuring right heart function index in patients with acute pulmonary embolism by ultrasound examination. Methods A total of 42 patients with acute pulmonary embolism were performed echocardiography before and after thrombolytic therapy . And the following indexed were measured, including right ventricular anterior wall thickness ( RVAWT ), right ventricular end-diastolic( RVED ), pulmonary artery diameter ( PAD ), right ventricular diastolic diameters ( RVDD ), right atrium diastolic diameters ( RADD ), tricuspid regurgitant pressure gradient( TRPG ) and systolic pulmonary artery pressure ( SPAP ). Results Between the value obtained before and then after thrombolysis,there were significant difference for RVAWT [ ( 4. 23 ±1. 02 )mm vs ( 7. 56 ± 1. 22 )mm ) ], RVED[ ( 26

  2. Pulmonary Embolism as the First Manifestation of Multiple Myeloma

    N. Vallianou

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Multiple myeloma is considered a hypercoagulable state due to several mechanisms such as the increased IL-6 and immunoglobulins production, the defective fibrinolytic mechanism, and the acquired resistance to activated protein C that are involved in the pathogenesis and clinical futures of the disease. We describe a case of a female patient who presented to the hospital with pulmonary embolism as the first manifestation of the hypercoagulability of multiple myeloma.

  3. Pulmonary embolism in young natives of high altitude

    Sanjay Singhal

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Thrombotic events are relatively common in high altitude areas and known to occur in young soldiers working at high altitude without usual risk factors associated with thrombosis at sea-level. However, till now, cases with thrombotic events were reported only in lowlanders staying at high altitude. These two cases of pulmonary embolism demonstrate that thrombotic events can occur in highlanders after a prolonged stay at the extreme altitude.

  4. Developments in the management and treatment of pulmonary embolism

    Rachel Limbrey; Luke Howard

    2015-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a serious and costly disease for patients and healthcare systems. Guidelines emphasise the importance of differentiating between patients who are at high risk of mortality (those with shock and/or hypotension), who may be candidates for thrombolytic therapy or surgery, and those with less severe presentations. Recent clinical studies and guidelines have focused particularly on risk stratification of intermediate-risk patients. Although the use of thrombolysis has be...

  5. Double Bolus Thrombolysis for Suspected Massive Pulmonary Embolism during Cardiac Arrest

    Gerard O’Connor

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available More than 70% of cardiac arrest cases are caused by acute myocardial infarction (AMI or pulmonary embolism (PE. Although thrombolytic therapy is a recognised therapy for both AMI and PE, its indiscriminate use is not routinely recommended during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR. We present a case describing the successful use of double dose thrombolysis during cardiac arrest caused by pulmonary embolism. Notwithstanding the relative lack of high-level evidence, this case suggests a scenario in which recombinant tissue Plasminogen Activator (rtPA may be beneficial in cardiac arrest. In addition to the strong clinical suspicion of pulmonary embolism as the causative agent of the patient’s cardiac arrest, the extremely low end-tidal CO2 suggested a massive PE. The absence of dilatation of the right heart on subxiphoid ultrasound argued against the diagnosis of PE, but not conclusively so. In the context of the circulatory collapse induced by cardiac arrest, this aspect was relegated in terms of importance. The second dose of rtPA utilised in this case resulted in return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC and did not result in haemorrhage or an adverse effect.

  6. Double Bolus Thrombolysis for Suspected Massive Pulmonary Embolism during Cardiac Arrest.

    O'Connor, Gerard; Fitzpatrick, Gareth; El-Gammal, Ayman; Gilligan, Peadar

    2015-01-01

    More than 70% of cardiac arrest cases are caused by acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or pulmonary embolism (PE). Although thrombolytic therapy is a recognised therapy for both AMI and PE, its indiscriminate use is not routinely recommended during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). We present a case describing the successful use of double dose thrombolysis during cardiac arrest caused by pulmonary embolism. Notwithstanding the relative lack of high-level evidence, this case suggests a scenario in which recombinant tissue Plasminogen Activator (rtPA) may be beneficial in cardiac arrest. In addition to the strong clinical suspicion of pulmonary embolism as the causative agent of the patient's cardiac arrest, the extremely low end-tidal CO2 suggested a massive PE. The absence of dilatation of the right heart on subxiphoid ultrasound argued against the diagnosis of PE, but not conclusively so. In the context of the circulatory collapse induced by cardiac arrest, this aspect was relegated in terms of importance. The second dose of rtPA utilised in this case resulted in return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) and did not result in haemorrhage or an adverse effect. PMID:26664765

  7. Coil embolization of mycotic pulmonary artery aneurysm: a case report

    Kim, Jeen Woo; Lee, Jae Kyo; Hwang, Mi Soo; Cho, Kil Ho [College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Taegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2000-02-01

    Aneurysms of the pulmonary artery are rare, with mycotic aneurysms occurring most frequently. This latter type may also occur in association with a lung abscess or septicemia, particularly in drug addicts. As far as we are aware, the radiologic findings of mycotic aneurysm of the pulmanary artery have not been reported in Korea. We present the simple chest radiographs, as well as the CT and angiographic findings, of a case of aneurysm of the pulmonary artery which was successfully embolized using a coil. (author)

  8. Pulmonary cement embolism after pedicle screw vertebral stabilization

    Massimo Tonolini

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary arterial embolization of polymethylmethacrylate cement, most usually occurring after vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty, is very uncommon following vertebral stabilization procedures. Unenhanced CT scans viewed at lung window settings allow confident identification of cement emboli in the pulmonary circulation along with possible associate parenchymal changes, whereas hyperdense emboli may be less conspicuous on CT-angiographic studies with high-flow contrast medium injection. Although clinical manifestations are largely variable from asymptomatic cases to severe respiratory distress, most cases are treated with anticoagulation.

  9. Severe pulmonary oedema following therapeutic embolization with Onyx for cerebral arteriovenous malformation

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is characterized by sudden onset of respiratory distress, infiltrates on radiographs consistent with pulmonary oedema, hypoxaemia and increased work in breathing. Infiltrates on radiographs are bilateral, but may be patchy or diffuse and fluffy or dense. It is associated with absence of left heart failure and a PaO2/FiO2 ratio of ≤200. Ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer dissolved in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), which was approved by the US FDA in July 2005, is used as an embolic agent for cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM). It is a biocompatible liquid polymer that precipitates and solidifies on contact with blood, thus forming a soft and spongy embolus. We report a case of ARDS following therapeutic embolization with ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer for cerebral AVM under general anaesthesia. Experienced perioperative physicians adopted standard anaesthetic technique and monitoring for this procedure. Acute respiratory distress and hypoxaemia developed in the patient following extubation of the trachea. Infiltrates seen on postprocedural chest radiographs were consistent with pulmonary oedema. DMSO, the solvent for the ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer, is excreted via the lungs after administration and we postulate that DMSO was the possible cause of ARDS in this patient. Monitoring of haemodynamic parameters (invasive blood pressure, electrocardiography) and ventilatory parameters (ETCO2, SpO2, airway pressure monitoring) are important in the recognition of this possible event. One should be vigilant and anticipate this complication following therapeutic embolization with ethylene vinyl alcohol polymer for the treatment of cerebral AVM. (orig.)

  10. Pulmonary embolism: the role of emergency scan and intervening radiology in medium-high-risk patients with pulmonary embolism

    Eleonora Arboscello; Irene Ponassi; Agnese Lomeo; Maria Nives Parodi; Paolo Barbera; Michela Morfino; Nicoletta Pollicardo; Roberto Delfino; Dahane Mhamed; Roberto Tallone

    2010-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a relative common cardiovascular emergency. Computed tomography (CT) angiography has became the method of choice for suspected PE in routine clinical practice but CT should not be the first-line test for all patients, except suspected high-risk patients and high clinical probability or “PE likely” patients. In these situations emergency phisician ‘s echographic cardiac study can be particularly helpful for a rapid patient management. The two cases ...

  11. Contrast enhanced pulmonary magnetic resonance angiography for pulmonary embolism: Building a successful program.

    Nagle, Scott K; Schiebler, Mark L; Repplinger, Michael D; François, Christopher J; Vigen, Karl K; Yarlagadda, Rajkumar; Grist, Thomas M; Reeder, Scott B

    2016-03-01

    The performance of contrast enhanced pulmonary magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) is an effective non-ionizing alternative to contrast enhanced computed tomography and nuclear medicine ventilation/perfusion scanning. However, the technical success of these exams is very dependent on careful attention to the details of the MRA acquisition protocol and requires reader familiarity with MRI and its artifacts. Most practicing radiologists are very comfortable with the performance and interpretation of computed tomographic angiography (CTA) performed to detect pulmonary embolism but not all are as comfortable with the use of MRA in this setting. The purpose of this review is to provide the general radiologist with the tools necessary to build a successful pulmonary embolism MRA program. This review will cover in detail image acquisition, image interpretation, and some key elements of outreach that help to frame the role of MRA to consulting clinicians and hospital administrators. It is our aim that this resource will help build successful clinical pulmonary embolism MRA programs that are well received by patients and physicians, reduce the burden of medical imaging radiation, and maintain good patient outcomes. PMID:26860667

  12. 心脏型脂肪酸结合蛋白对急性肺栓塞早期预后评估的价值%Prognostic Value of Heart Type Fatty Acid Binding Protein in Acute Pulmonary Embolism

    黄奕奕; 沈翔; 张淑云

    2015-01-01

    Objective To assess the value of heart type fat y acid binding protein (H-FABP)for prognosis of patients with acute pulmonary embolism(APE).Methods There were 51 patients with APE, divided into two groups:H-FABP≥10μg/l group (n=21)and H-FABP<10μg/l group (n=30),The relations between H-FABP and risk stratification and prognosis evaluating were evaluated in the two groups.Results In the positive group,there were 9 high-risk PE,10 middle-risk PE,2 low-risk PE,6 died within 1 months.In the negative group,there were 4 high-risk PE,14 middle-risk PE,12 low-risk PE,2 died within 1 months. There was statistical significance in the occur ence of hypotension,right heart dysfunction and myocardial damage between the two groups ( <0.05).Also there was statistical significance in the cases with high-risk,low-risk and death( <0.05).Conclusion H-FABP is a reliable predictor of short-term of patient with APE.%目的:探讨心脏型脂肪酸结合蛋白(heart type fat y acid binding protein,H-FABP)水平对急性肺栓塞(acute pulmonary embolism,APE)早期预后的评估价值。方法51例急性肺栓塞患者根据H-FABP测定值分为阳性组21例(H-FABP≥10μg/l)及阴性组30例(H-FABP<10μg/l),分析H-FABP升高对APE患者危险分层与临床预后的关系。结果阳性组中高危9例,中危10例,低危2例,死亡6例。阴性组中高危4例,中危14例,低危12例,死亡2例。两组比较低血压、右心室功能不全以及心肌损伤的发生率之间差异有统计学意义(<0.05);在高危、低危及1月内死亡人数方面相比差异亦具有统计学意义(<0.05)。结论 H-FABP对急性肺栓塞患者的早期预后判定有着很好的相关性。

  13. Active implementation of a consensus strategy improves diagnosis and management in suspected pulmonary embolism

    A. Berghout (Arie); M. Oudkerk (Matthijs); S.G. Hicks; T.H. Teng; M. Pillay; H.R. Büller (Harry)

    2000-01-01

    textabstractOur consensus-based strategy in the diagnostic management of patients with pulmonary embolism involves a perfusion lung scan, a ventilation lung scan, compression ultrasonography and pulmonary angiography, in sequence. We compared the diagnostic approach in

  14. Mechanisms underlying gas exchange alterations in an experimental model of pulmonary embolism

    J.H.T. Ferreira

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present study was to determine the ventilation/perfusion ratio that contributes to hypoxemia in pulmonary embolism by analyzing blood gases and volumetric capnography in a model of experimental acute pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolization with autologous blood clots was induced in seven pigs weighing 24.00 ± 0.6 kg, anesthetized and mechanically ventilated. Significant changes occurred from baseline to 20 min after embolization, such as reduction in oxygen partial pressures in arterial blood (from 87.71 ± 8.64 to 39.14 ± 6.77 mmHg and alveolar air (from 92.97 ± 2.14 to 63.91 ± 8.27 mmHg. The effective alveolar ventilation exhibited a significant reduction (from 199.62 ± 42.01 to 84.34 ± 44.13 consistent with the fall in alveolar gas volume that effectively participated in gas exchange. The relation between the alveolar ventilation that effectively participated in gas exchange and cardiac output (V Aeff/Q ratio also presented a significant reduction after embolization (from 0.96 ± 0.34 to 0.33 ± 0.17 fraction. The carbon dioxide partial pressure increased significantly in arterial blood (from 37.51 ± 1.71 to 60.76 ± 6.62 mmHg, but decreased significantly in exhaled air at the end of the respiratory cycle (from 35.57 ± 1.22 to 23.15 ± 8.24 mmHg. Exhaled air at the end of the respiratory cycle returned to baseline values 40 min after embolism. The arterial to alveolar carbon dioxide gradient increased significantly (from 1.94 ± 1.36 to 37.61 ± 12.79 mmHg, as also did the calculated alveolar (from 56.38 ± 22.47 to 178.09 ± 37.46 mL and physiological (from 0.37 ± 0.05 to 0.75 ± 0.10 fraction dead spaces. Based on our data, we conclude that the severe arterial hypoxemia observed in this experimental model may be attributed to the reduction of the V Aeff/Q ratio. We were also able to demonstrate that V Aeff/Q progressively improves after embolization, a fact attributed to the alveolar ventilation redistribution

  15. Non-severe pulmonary embolism: Prognostic CT findings

    Moroni, Anne-Line [University J Fourrier, Grenoble (France); Department of Radiology, CHU Grenoble, BP 218, 38043 Grenoble cedex (France); Bosson, Jean-Luc [University J Fourrier, Grenoble (France); Department of Statistics, CIC, CHU Grenoble, BP 218, 38043 Grenoble cedex (France); Hohn, Noelie [Department of Radiology, CHU Grenoble, BP 218, 38043 Grenoble cedex (France); Carpentier, Francoise [University J Fourrier, Grenoble (France); Department of Emergency Medicine, CHU Grenoble, BP 218, 38043 Grenoble cedex (France); Pernod, Gilles [University J Fourrier, Grenoble (France); Department of Vascular Diseases, CHU Grenoble, BP 218, 38043 Grenoble cedex (France); Ferretti, Gilbert R., E-mail: gferretti@chu-grenoble.fr [University J Fourrier, Grenoble (France); Department of Radiology, CHU Grenoble, BP 218, 38043 Grenoble cedex (France)

    2011-09-15

    The goal of this study was to retrospectively evaluate CT cardiovascular parameters and pulmonary artery clot load score as predictors of 3-month mortality in patients with clinically non-severe pulmonary embolism (PE). We included 226 CT positive for PE in hemodynamically stable patients (112 women; mean age 67.1 years {+-}16.9). CT were independently reviewed by two observers. Results were compared with occurrence of death within 3 months using Cox regression. Twenty-four (10.6%) patients died, for whom 9 were considered to be due to PE. Interobserver agreement was moderate for the shape of interventricular septum ({kappa} = 0.41), and for the ratio between the diameters of right and left ventricle (RV/LV) ({kappa} = 0.76). Observers found no association between interventricular septum shape and death. A RV/LV diameter ratio >1 was predictive of death (OR, 3.83; p < 0.01) only when we also took into account the value of the embolic burden (<40%). In a multivariate model, CT cardiovascular parameters were not associated with death. Concomitant lower limb DVT and comorbid conditions were important predictors of death. In clinically non-severe PE, a RV/LV diameter ratio >1 is predictive of death when the embolic burden is low (<40%).

  16. Occult pulmonary embolism: a common occurrence in deep venous thrombosis

    Ventilation-perfusion scans were used in a prospective study to determine the prevalence of occult pulmonary embolus in proven deep venous thrombosis. Fifty-eight patients without symptoms of pulmonary embolism, but with venographically proven deep venous thrombosis, were subjected to chest radiographs, /sup 99m/Tc macroaggregated-albumin perfusion scans, and 133Xe ventilation scans. Of the 49 patients with deep venous thrombosis proximal to the calf veins, 17 (35%) had high-probability scans. Of all 58 patients, only 12 (21%) had normal scans. When the study population was compared with a group of 430 patients described in reports of pulmonary perfusion in asymptomatic persons, a significantly higher percentage of high-probability scans was found in the study population with deep venous thrombosis. Baseline ventilation-perfusion lung scanning is valuable for patients with proven above-knee deep venous thrombosis

  17. Clinical utility of ultra high pitch dual source thoracic CT imaging of acute pulmonary embolism in the emergency department: Are we one step closer towards a non-gated triple rule out?

    Hou, Daniel J., E-mail: danieljameshou@gmail.com; Tso, David K., E-mail: david.k.tso@gmail.com; Davison, Chris, E-mail: chrisdavison100@gmail.com; Inacio, Joao, E-mail: joao.r.inacio@gmail.com; Louis, Luck J., E-mail: lucklouis@gmail.com; Nicolaou, Savvakis, E-mail: savvas.nicolaou@vch.ca; Reimann, Anja J., E-mail: anja.reimann@gmx.de

    2013-10-01

    Objectives/Purpose: Aim of this study was to retrospectively compare the image quality and the radiation dose of an ultra high pitch CT scan for the evaluation of pulmonary embolism and visualization of cardiac structures in comparison to our institution's standard pulmonary embolism protocol. Method and materials: The study cohort consisted of 115 consecutive patients, 57 underwent CT pulmonary angiography on a dual source 128 slice scanner (Siemens Somatom Definition FLASH) via an ultra high pitch mode (Pitch 2.8) while 58 were scanned on a dual source 64 slice scanner (Siemens Somatom Definition Dual Source) with standard pitch (Pitch 0.9). Qualitative image assessment was determined by two blinded radiologists with 3 and 15 years’ experience in chest and cardiac CT. Quantitative image assessment was determined by the signal to noise ratio (SNR) and contrast to noise ratio (CNR). Effective radiation dose was calculated via the product of the dose length product. Results: For the ultra high pitch protocol, 14% (8/57) were positive for pulmonary embolus compared to 13.7% (8/58) for the standard pitch group. 98.2% of the ultra high pitch scans were diagnostic for pulmonary embolus vs. 94.8% of the standard protocol. Visualization of cardiac structures was significantly improved with the ultra high pitch protocol (p < 0.0001). Significantly more lung parenchymal motion was observed on the standard protocol (p < 0.0001). The mean pulmonary vessel attenuation, SNR, and CNR were not significantly different. The mean effective dose was lower for the ultra high pitch studies (4.09 mSv ± 0.78 vs. 7.72 mSv ± 2.60, p < 0.0001). Conclusion: Ultra high pitch CT imaging for pulmonary embolus is a technique which has potential to assess motion free evaluation of most cardiac structures and proximal coronary arteries at lower radiation doses.

  18. Unusual ventilation perfusion scintigram in a case of immunologic pulmonary edema clinically simulating pulmonary embolism

    A case of immunologic pulmonary edema secondary to hydrochlorothiazide allergy developed in a 55-year-old woman that clinically simulated pulmonary embolism. The patient had abnormal washin images with normal washout images on an Xe-133 ventilation study. On the perfusion study, large bilateral central and posterior perfusion defects were present that showed an unusual mirror image pattern on the lateral and posterior oblique views. Resolution of radiographic and scintigraphic abnormalities occurred over a 3-day period in conjunction with corticosteroid therapy

  19. Clinical evaluation of acute pulmonary embolism after cerebral angiography(report of 11 cases)%脑血管造影术后并发急性肺栓塞临床分析(附11例报道)

    凌天金; 刘娟; 姚国恩; 周华东; 蒋晓江; 许志强

    2013-01-01

    Objective To retrospective analyze the cause of pulmonary embolism after cerebral angiography. Methods Eleven patients with ischemic cerebralvascular disease who showed loss of consciousness, epilepsy, chest pain and palpitation after cerebral angiography. Pulmonary vascular computed tomography were taken to diagnose pulmonary embolism. Results Two patients were given cardiopulmonary recovery, one given intravenous thrombolysis, eight given anticoagulant therapy. Eight patients were getting better, three patients died. Conclusion Pulmonary embolism is a rare complication after cerebral angiography which is apt to misdi -agnosis and missed diagnosis, It's very important to make assessment and prevention before operation.%目的 回顾性报道脑血管造影术后并发急性肺栓塞的临床诊治过程,探讨肺栓塞发生原因及防治措施.方法 11例缺血性脑血管病老年患者,脑血管造影术后活动中出现突发意识丧失、癫痫、胸痛、呼吸困难、心悸等症状,肺动脉CTA确诊为肺栓塞.结果 2例患者行心肺复苏,1例经静脉溶栓,8例进行抗凝治疗,其中死亡3例,8例经治疗后好转.结论 肺栓塞是经股动脉脑血管造影术后少有的并发症,临床易误诊、漏诊,术前评估及预防性治疗极为重要.

  20. Transcatheter embolization for treatment of acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding

    Treatment of lower gastrointestinal bleeding was attempted in 13 patients by selective embolization of branches of the mesenteric arteries with Gelfoam. Bleeding was adequately controlled in 11 patients with active bleeding during the examination. One patient improved after embolization but bleeding recurred within 24 hours and in another patient the catheterization was unsuccessful. Five patients with diverticular hemorrhage were embolized in the right colic artery four times, and once in the middle colic artery. Three patients had embolization of the ileocolic artery because of hemorrhage from cecal angiodysplasia, post appendectomy, and leukemia infiltration. Three patients had the superior hemorrhoidal artery embolized because of bleeding from unspecific proctitis, infiltration of the rectum from a carcinoma of the bladder, and transendoscopic polypectomy. One patient was septic and bled from jejunal ulcers. Ischemic changes with infarction of the large bowel developed in two patients and were treated by partial semi-elective colectomy, three and four days after embolization. Four other patients developed pain and fever after embolization. Transcatheter embolization of branches of mesenteric arteries in an effective way to control acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding, but still has a significant rate of complications that must be seriously weighed against the advantages of operation. (orig.)

  1. Splendors and miseries of expired CO2 measurement in the suspicion of pulmonary embolism

    Verschuren, Franck; Perrier, Arnaud

    2010-01-01

    Capnography has been studied for decades as a potential diagnostic tool for suspected pulmonary embolism. Despite technological refinements and its combination with other non-invasive instruments, no evidence to date allows recommending the use of expired carbon dioxide measurement as a rule-out test for pulmonary embolism without additional radiological testing. Further investigations are, however, still warranted.

  2. Pulmonary Embolism as the Initial Manifestation of Large Cell Lung Cancer

    Kim, Jin Kook; Lee, Sang Moo; Kim, Hyeon Tae; Uh, Sootaek; Chung, Yeontae; Kim, Yong Hoon; Park, Choonsik; Jin, So Young; Lee, Dong Hwa

    1992-01-01

    Lung cancer is known as a risk factor of pulmonary embolism. We experienced a case of pulmonary embolism combined with pleural effusion and pleuritic chest pain as the initial manifestation of large cell lung cancer, which is a relatively rare cell type of lung cancer in Korea. We report it with a review of the literature.

  3. Saddle Pulmonary Embolism in a Cancer Patient with Thrombocytopenia: A Treatment Dilemma

    Ali Zalpour; Katy Hanzelka; John T. Patlan; Marc A. Rozner; Syed Wamique Yusuf

    2011-01-01

    The association between cancer and venous thromboembolism (VTE) is well established. Saddle pulmonary embolism is not uncommon in hospitalized cancer patients and confers a higher mortality. We report a case of saddle pulmonary embolism in a cancer patient with thrombocytopenia, discuss the bleeding risks, complexity of managing such patients and review current guidelines.

  4. Pulmonary embolism: the role of emergency scan and intervening radiology in medium-high-risk patients with pulmonary embolism

    Eleonora Arboscello

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary embolism (PE is a relative common cardiovascular emergency. Computed tomography (CT angiography has became the method of choice for suspected PE in routine clinical practice but CT should not be the first-line test for all patients, except suspected high-risk patients and high clinical probability or “PE likely” patients. In these situations emergency phisician ‘s echographic cardiac study can be particularly helpful for a rapid patient management. The two cases prove the helpful use of echografic cardiac study in emergency room and rivet the necessity of an aggressive therapeutic management with primary aim of flow restoration through occluded pulmonary arteries. Percutaneous catheter embolectomy and fragmentation of proximal pulmonary arterial clots may be considerer, with multidisciplinary approach, as an alternative when thrombolysis is absolutely contraindicated or has failed, or as an alternative to surgical treatment.

  5. Follow-up of pulmonary perfusion recovery after embolism

    Blood flow recovery in a group of 69 patients with pulmonary embolism was followed by serial lung scans over a six month period. Each patient underwent perfusion lung scan at diagnosis then 7, 30 and 180 days later; i.v. heparin was systematically administered for one week after diagnosis, followed by oral warfarin for six months. Blood flow impairment was evaluated by assessing the total number of unperfused lung segments (ULS), as calculated on both lateral views at each scan. The number of ULS was significantly reduced at each interval (P<0.001), ranging from 8.4±3.3 at diagnosis to 3.6±2.7 six months later; most of the recovery (79%) occurred within the first month. No patient had complete restoration of pulmonary blood flow during the whole follow-up period. No difference was found between the number of ULS in right lung versus that in left lung at each interval. Recovery of blood flow was heavily affected by coexisting cardiac or pulmonary disease. In fact, those patients with underlying cardiopulmonary disease (49.2% of the total) showed significantly smaller perfusion improvement after six months (P<0.001). Eight patients (6 with and 2 without cardiopulmonary disease) had clinical and scintigraphic evidence of recurrent embolism during the follow-up period

  6. Current role of lung scintigraphy in pulmonary embolism

    The pivotal role of lung scintigraphy in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) has been questioned in recent years due to the introduction of spiral computed tomography. However, the scintigraphic results used for comparisons are often those of the authoritative PIOPED (Prospective Investigation of Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis) study, carried out in the 1980s. Pulmonary scintigraphy has progressed from those years both in the methodological and interpretative fields, although perhaps too slowly. Results better than those of PIOPED's have been presented by study groups who used: 1) perfusion-only approach; 2) SPET imaging; 3) new interpretative criteria; 4) different prediction rules to integrate clinical and scintigraphic probabilities of PE. These advances are still insufficiently recognised by the nuclear medicine community, possibly due to a sort of PIOPED-based cultural globalisation. This paper reviews the actual advantages and limitations of nuclear medicine techniques, the diagnostic role of scintigraphy within the diagnostic algorithms proposed by international working groups and scientific societies and the results obtained from SPET imaging in the diagnosis of PE

  7. [Nephrotic syndrome revealed by pulmonary embolism: about four cases].

    Chaudesaygues, E; Grasse, M; Marchand, L; Villar, E; Aupetit, J-F

    2014-11-01

    Nephrotic syndrom is an association of proteinuria>3g/d or 50mg/kg/d, an hypoalbuminemiadiabetes, high blood pressure and amyloidosis. We present four cases about nephrotic syndrome after thromboembolic disease. In every case, patients show a pulmonary embolism symptomatic of a nephrotic syndrom, whose diagnostic could be delayed up to six months after first pulmonary symptoms. This raised the problem of renal biopsy in these patients who need anticoagulation. In minimal change nephrosis, without hematuria, high blood pressure or renal dysfonction, a corticosteroid therapy test could be done assuming that is corticosensitive minimal glomerular injury. In every case, anticoagulation course must be completed and maintained in case of patent nephrotic syndrom with an albuminemia under 20g/L. In case of pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, idiopathic-looking, a nephrotic syndrome must be sought-after. The two diagnosis ways are the proteinuria on the urine dipstick and the hypoproteinemia on usual biology. The main mechanism is the coagulation factor leak, side effect of the nephrotic syndrom, notably because of the antithrombin III. PMID:25281996

  8. A Single Imaging Modality in the Diagnosis, Severity, and Prognosis of Pulmonary Embolism

    Hadice Selimoglu Sen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. This study aimed to investigate the currency of computerized tomography pulmonary angiography-based parameters as pulmonary artery obstruction index (PAOI, as well as right ventricular diameters for pulmonary embolism (PE risk evaluation and prediction of mortality and intensive care unit (ICU requirement. Materials and Methods. The study retrospectively enrolled 203 patients hospitalized with acute PE. PAOI was calculated according to Qanadli score. Results. Forty-three patients (23.9% were hospitalized in the ICU. Nineteen patients (10.6% died during the 30-day follow-up period. The optimal cutoff value of PAOI for PE 30th day mortality and ICU requirement were found as 36.5% in ROC curve analysis. The pulmonary artery systolic pressure had a significant positive correlation with right/left ventricular diameter ratio (r=0.531, P<0.001, PAOI (r=0.296, P<0.001, and pulmonary artery diameter (r=0.659, P<0.001. The patients with PAOI values higher than 36.5% have a 5.7-times increased risk of death. Conclusion. PAOI is a fast and promising parameter for risk assessment in patients with acute PE. With greater education of clinicians in this radiological scoring, a rapid assessment for diagnosis, clinical risk evaluation, and prognosis may be possible in emergency services without the need for echocardiography.

  9. Non-ECG-gated CT pulmonary angiography and the prediction of right ventricular dysfunction in patients suspected of pulmonary embolism

    Gutte, Henrik; Mortensen, Jann; Mørk, Mette Louise;

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE: Right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) is an important prognostic factor of 30-day mortality in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). The aim of our study was to evaluate whether non-electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated cardiovascular parameters attained during computed tomography pulmonary...... angiography (CTPA) could predict RVD in patients suspected of PE using ECG-gated cardiac CT angiography as reference. METHODS: Consecutive patients suspected of PE were referred to a ventilation/perfusion single-photon emission tomography (V/Q-SPECT) as first-line imaging procedure. Patients had a V....../Q-SPECT/CT, a CTPA and an ECG-gated cardiac CT angiography performed the same day. RESULTS: A total of 71 patients were available for analysis. Seventeen patients (24%) had RVD. The non-ECG-gated dimensions of left and right ventricle and the major vessels were correlated with ECG-gated cardiac dimensions. The...

  10. Pulmonary embolism as the primary presenting feature of nephrotic syndrome

    Pallavi Periwal

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A 36-year-old previously healthy male presented with subacute onset of shortness of breath and chest pain. He was diagnosed with bilateral extensive pulmonary embolism (PE. In the absence of any predisposing factors, an extensive workup for unprovoked thrombophilia was done. During the course of his illness, the patient developed anasarca and was diagnosed to be suffering from nephrotic syndrome (NS, secondary to membranous glomerulopathy. Although, thrombotic complications are commonly associated with NS, it is unusual for PE to be the primary presenting feature in these patients.

  11. Comparative diagnostic value of pulmonary perfusion and ventilation scintigraphy and angiopneumography in pulmonary embolism

    Fourty-six patients suspected clinically of having a pulmonary embolism (PE) were investigated by angiopneumography (AGP) and perfusion (99m-Tc aggregates) and ventilation (99m-Tc colloid) scintigraohy (SPV Tc). Findings were assessed under blind conditions. A positive diagnosis of pulmonary embolism was made in 19 patients. The SPV Tc was considered as positive if perfusional deficiencies were greater than ventilatory defects, and this was evaluated as such in 23 cases (19 true and 4 false positives). False negatives were not observed. The 4 false positive results corresponded to scintigraphic anomalies suggestive of pulmonary emboli subsegmental in size; true positives were either subsegmental (8), segmental (6) or lobar (5). Sensitivity of the SPV Tc was therefore 100 %; its specificity, all results considered was 76 %, but was 100 % if only images of lobar or segmental lesions are considered

  12. Ventilation-perfusion studies and the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism: concise communication

    Various diagnostic strategies for the assessment of pulmonary embolism were developed using the results of scintigraphic examinations in 169 patients who had both scintigraphic studies and pulmonary angiography. Likelihood ratios for several perfusion and ventilation-perfusion patterns were first obtained, and Bayes' Theorem was then applied using a range of prior probabilities for pulmonary embolism. Resulting posterior probabilities ranged from under 10% to over 90%. The former values held for patients with small perfusion defects and no ventilation study, regardless of their prior probabilities for pulmonary embolism. The latter values held for patients with average to high prior probabilities and ventilation-perfusion mismatches

  13. Competitive assessments of pulmonary embolism: Noninvasiveness versus the golden standard.

    Ma, Yuxia; Yan, Shi; Zhou, Lin; Yuan, Dong-Tang

    2016-04-01

    Diagnosis of suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) is crucial as undiagnosed and over-diagnosis can both lead to serious consequences. Contemporary diagnostic approach of PE is a sequential combination assessment beginning with clinical assessment, validated with D-dimer measurement and confirmed with pulmonary angiography or imaging. Since the invasive pulmonary angiography is risky and costly, imaging is a warranted tool in the diagnosis procedure. CT pulmonary angiography is a less-invasive method with general availability, studies provide favorable evidences for CT pulmonary angiography as a stand-alone test for excluding PE, and it has become the first choice of tests in emergency department for suspected PE in most centers. Ventilation/perfusion single-photon emission CT signifies a new era in nuclear medicine. It has excellent sensitivity and specificity, fast procedure, low radiation exposure, few complications and contradictions. Besides, MR angiography is another possible and promising approach for diagnosis of suspected PE with much safer contrast agents than CT and no ionizing radiation. With wide availability and less invasive effects, imaging becomes a firsthand tool to obtain optimal accuracy in the diagnosis work up in clinic nowadays. This review summarizes the current methods in diagnosing PE and the update of imaging assessments of the disease. PMID:26038123

  14. A comparative analysis of pulmonary ventilation-perfusion imaging with pulmonary angiography in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

    Objective: To assess the value of ventilation-perfusion imaging in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE). Methods: Thirty consecutive patients with clinically suspected pulmonary embolism were studied, male: female 15:15, mean age was (36.2 +- 13.9) years. The chest radiograms were obtained in all 30 patients. All patients underwent radionuclide ventilation-perfusion imaging and pulmonary angiography. Results: Of the 30 patients, 22 with lobe, multiple segment or multi-subsegment perfusion defects and normal or nearly normal ventilation images were reported as PE. 20 of them were confirmed to be with PE by pulmonary angiography, 2 patients were not confirmed. Eight of 30 patients with multiple perfusion defects, ventilative abnormalities were reported as non-PE and the diagnoses were confirmed by pulmonary angiography. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of diagnosis of PE by ventilation-perfusion imaging was 100%, 80.0% and 93.3% respectively. Conclusions: (1) Ventilation-perfusion imaging is one of the most valuable methods in the diagnosis of PE. (2) The results suggest that pulmonary embolism can be diagnosed non-invasively in most patients on the basis of clinical manifestation, chest radiograms and ventilation-perfusion imaging findings. (3) Pulmonary angiography is required while clinical manifestation and ventilation-perfusion imaging findings are discordant with each other

  15. Evolving imaging techniques in diagnostic strategies of pulmonary embolism.

    Robert-Ebadi, Helia; Le Gal, Grégoire; Righini, Marc

    2016-04-01

    Modern non invasive diagnostic strategies for pulmonary embolism (PE) rely on the sequential use of clinical probability assessment, D-dimer measurement and thoracic imaging tests. Planar ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy was the cornerstone for more than two decades and has now been replaced by computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA). Diagnostic strategies using CTPA are very safe to rule out PE and have been well validated in large prospective management outcome studies. With the widespread use of CTPA, concerns regarding radiation and overdiagnosis of PE have paved the way for investigating new diagnostic modalities. V/Q single photon emission tomography has arisen as a highly accurate test and a potential alternative to CTPA. However, prospective management outcome studies are still lacking and are warranted before implementation in everyday clinical practice. PMID:26691634

  16. Successful Treatment of a Large Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformation by Repeated Coil Embolization

    Park, Jimyung; Kim, Hyung-Jun; Kim, Jee Min; Park, Young Sik

    2015-01-01

    Pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are caused by abnormal vascular communications between the pulmonary arteries and pulmonary veins, which lead to the blood bypassing the normal pulmonary capillary beds. Pulmonary AVMs result in right-to-left shunts, resulting in hypoxemia, cyanosis, and dyspnea. Clinical signs and symptoms vary depending on the size, number, and flow of the AVMs. Transcatheter embolization is the treatment of choice for pulmonary AVMs. However, this method can fai...

  17. A diagnostic strategy for pulmonary embolism based on standardised pretest probability and perfusion lung scanning: a management study

    Miniati, Massimo; Monti, Simonetta; Bauleo, Carolina; Scoscia, Elvio; Tonelli, Lucia; Dainelli, Alba; Catapano, Giosue; Formichi, Bruno; Di Ricco, Giorgio; Prediletto, Renato; Carrozzi, Laura; Marini, Carlo [Istituto di Fisiologia, Clinica del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Via G. Moruzzi 1, 56124, Pisa (Italy)

    2003-11-01

    Pulmonary embolism remains a challenging diagnostic problem. We developed a simple diagnostic strategy based on combination of assessment of the pretest probability with perfusion lung scan results to reduce the need for pulmonary angiography. We studied 390 consecutive patients (78% in-patients) with suspected pulmonary embolism. The pretest probability was rated low (<10%), intermediate (>10%, {<=}50%), moderately high (>50%, {<=}90%) or high (>90%) according to a structured clinical model. Perfusion lung scans were independently assigned to one of four categories: normal; near-normal; abnormal, suggestive of pulmonary embolism (wedge-shaped perfusion defects); abnormal, not suggestive of pulmonary embolism (perfusion defects other than wedge shaped). Pulmonary embolism was diagnosed in patients with abnormal scans suggestive of pulmonary embolism and moderately high or high pretest probability. Patients with normal or near-normal scans and those with abnormal scans not suggestive of pulmonary embolism and low pretest probability were deemed not to have pulmonary embolism. All other patients were allocated to pulmonary angiography. Patients in whom pulmonary embolism was excluded were left untreated. All patients were followed up for 1 year. Pulmonary embolism was diagnosed non-invasively in 132 patients (34%), and excluded in 191 (49%). Pulmonary angiography was required in 67 patients (17%). The prevalence of pulmonary embolism was 41% (n=160). Patients in whom pulmonary embolism was excluded had a thrombo-embolic risk of 0.4% (95% confidence interval: 0.0%-2.8%). Our strategy permitted a non-invasive diagnosis or exclusion of pulmonary embolism in 83% of the cases (95% confidence interval: 79%-86%), and appeared to be safe. (orig.)

  18. A diagnostic strategy for pulmonary embolism based on standardised pretest probability and perfusion lung scanning: a management study

    Pulmonary embolism remains a challenging diagnostic problem. We developed a simple diagnostic strategy based on combination of assessment of the pretest probability with perfusion lung scan results to reduce the need for pulmonary angiography. We studied 390 consecutive patients (78% in-patients) with suspected pulmonary embolism. The pretest probability was rated low (10%, ≤50%), moderately high (>50%, ≤90%) or high (>90%) according to a structured clinical model. Perfusion lung scans were independently assigned to one of four categories: normal; near-normal; abnormal, suggestive of pulmonary embolism (wedge-shaped perfusion defects); abnormal, not suggestive of pulmonary embolism (perfusion defects other than wedge shaped). Pulmonary embolism was diagnosed in patients with abnormal scans suggestive of pulmonary embolism and moderately high or high pretest probability. Patients with normal or near-normal scans and those with abnormal scans not suggestive of pulmonary embolism and low pretest probability were deemed not to have pulmonary embolism. All other patients were allocated to pulmonary angiography. Patients in whom pulmonary embolism was excluded were left untreated. All patients were followed up for 1 year. Pulmonary embolism was diagnosed non-invasively in 132 patients (34%), and excluded in 191 (49%). Pulmonary angiography was required in 67 patients (17%). The prevalence of pulmonary embolism was 41% (n=160). Patients in whom pulmonary embolism was excluded had a thrombo-embolic risk of 0.4% (95% confidence interval: 0.0%-2.8%). Our strategy permitted a non-invasive diagnosis or exclusion of pulmonary embolism in 83% of the cases (95% confidence interval: 79%-86%), and appeared to be safe. (orig.)

  19. Pulmonary thromboembolic disease. Clinical management of acute and chronic disease.

    Torbicki, Adam

    2010-07-01

    Pulmonary thromboembolism falls between the areas of pulmonology and cardiology, internal medicine and intensive care, radiology and nuclear medicine, and hematology and cardiothoracic surgery. Depending on their clinical background, physicians faced with a patient with a pulmonary thromboembolism may speak different languages and adopt different treatment approaches. Now, however, there is an opportunity to end the Tower of Babel surrounding pulmonary thromboembolism. There is a growing acknowledgement that the key clinical problems in both acute pulmonary embolism and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension are linked to right ventricular pressure overload and right ventricular failure. As a result, cardiologists and cardiac intensive care specialists are taking an increasing interest in understanding and combating these conditions. The European Society of Cardiology was the first to elaborate comprehensive clinical practice guidelines for pulmonary thromboembolism and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. The task forces involved in producing these guidelines included radiologists, pulmonologists, hematologists, intensive care physicians and surgeons, which ensured that the final document was universally acceptable. The aim of this article was to provide an overview of the epidemiology, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and prevention of acute pulmonary thromboembolism and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, while taking into account European Society of Cardiology guidelines and incorporating new evidence where necessary. PMID:20609317

  20. The dynamic study of the massive pulmonary embolism on CT pulmonary angiography

    Objective: To dynamically evaluate the pulmonary artery obstruction index and the right ventricular function of the massive pulmonary embolism on CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA). Methods: Twenty-three cases of massive pulmonary embolism were analyzed retrospectively. The pulmonary artery obstruction index (PAOI) and the right ventricular function parameters were collected and analyzed on CTPA before thrombolytic therapy, 24 hours and 14 days after therapy respectively. Student's ANOVA and LSD test was used to analyze the change of PAOI and quantification parameters of right ventricular function parameters. The right ventricular quantification parameters were analyzed by Chi-square test. Pearson correlation analysis was used to study the correlation of PAOI and right ventricular function. Results: The PAOI decreased gradually after thrombolytic therapy. There was significant difference in Qanadli and Mastora scores between before (Qanadli score 50.0, Mastora score 46.5) and 24 hours (42.5/12.1) after therapy (t=2.830, 6.493, Pd, 4.58 cm) and maximal area (RVs, 23.10 cm2) of right ventricle decreased, the maximal minor diameter (LVd, 4.41 cm) and maximal area (LVs, 26.37 cm2) of left ventricle increased, the RVd/LVd (1.07) and RVs/LVs (0.94) decreased apparently. The above parameters were significantly different (t=2.081-4.959, P2, 3.57 cm, 20.17 cm2, 1.59, 1.38 respectively). The pulmonary artery symbolic pressure decreased from 58.61 mm Hg before therapy to 40.92 mm Hg 24 hours after therapy significantly (t=2.824, P<0.01). There was correlation to different degree between the PAOI and the right ventricular function parameters before therapy and 24 hours after therapy (r=0.034-0.598, P<0.01). Conclusion: CTPA can evaluate the pulmonary artery obstruction degree and right ventricular function after pulmonary embolism dynamically. (authors)

  1. Lung scan perfusion defects limited to matching pleural effusions: low probability of pulmonary embolism

    Patients with a new pleural effusion are often sent for a ventilation-perfusion scan to exclude a pulmonary embolism. This retrospective study assessed the probability of pulmonary embolism when a pleural effusion and a perfusion defect of similar size are the only significant imaging abnormalities. In 451 reports of patients who were scanned for suspected pulmonary embolism, 53 had perfusion defects secondary to pleural effusion without other significant perfusion defects. Using pulmonary angiography, venography, analysis of pleural fluid, clinical course, and other radiographic and laboratory studies to establish the final diagnosis, only two patients had documented venous thrombotic disease: one had pulmonary emboli, the other thrombophlebitis. Lung scans having significant perfusion defects limited to pleural effusions and matching them in size have a low probability for pulmonary embolism

  2. Evaluation of interventional angioplasty by using thrombolysis and balloon dilatation in treating pulmonary embolism

    Objective: To evaluate the interventional angioplasty by using thrombolysis and balloon dilatation in the treatment of pulmonary embolism. Methods: Eight patients with pulmonary embolism were treated with interventional management including fragmentation of the thrombus, thrombolysis with urokinase flush infusion, balloon dilatation and continuing low-dose infusion for 24 hours. Anticoagulation with heparin was given simultaneously. Results: The pulmonary artery was completely recanalized in three patients, and partially recanalized in five patients. The blood oxygen saturation reached 100% in 3 cases and was over 93% in 5 cases. Conclusion: Interventional angioplasty by means of thrombolysis or balloon dilatation is an effective therapy for pulmonary embolism in reopening the embolized pulmonary artery, bringing the pulmonary hemodynamics to normal condition and correcting the hypoxemia. (authors)

  3. Prognostic importance of quantitative echocardiographic evaluation in patients suspected of first non-massive pulmonary embolism

    Kjaergaard, Jesper; Schaadt, Bente Krogsgaard; Lund, Jens Otto;

    2008-01-01

    AIMS: Patients suspected of acute pulmonary embolism (PE) frequently undergo echocardiography as a part of the initial work-up. Prognostic implication of routine echocardiography in patients suspected of PE remain to be established. METHODS AND RESULTS: Transthoracic echocardiography, including...... tissue Doppler imaging, was performed in 283 consecutive patients referred for ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy (V/Q scan) on suspicion of first non-massive PE. The prognostic information of quantitative measures of right ventricular (RV) size, function, and pressure was assessed. Patients with PE had.......0004). Among all patients left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction as well as shortening of the pulmonary artery (PA) acceleration time (a measure of RV after-load) was associated with increased mortality [hazard ratio (HR)=0.84 per 10 ms increase, P<0.0001]. In patients with confirmed PE, the PA acceleration...

  4. Non-severe pulmonary embolism: Prognostic CT findings

    The goal of this study was to retrospectively evaluate CT cardiovascular parameters and pulmonary artery clot load score as predictors of 3-month mortality in patients with clinically non-severe pulmonary embolism (PE). We included 226 CT positive for PE in hemodynamically stable patients (112 women; mean age 67.1 years ±16.9). CT were independently reviewed by two observers. Results were compared with occurrence of death within 3 months using Cox regression. Twenty-four (10.6%) patients died, for whom 9 were considered to be due to PE. Interobserver agreement was moderate for the shape of interventricular septum (κ = 0.41), and for the ratio between the diameters of right and left ventricle (RV/LV) (κ = 0.76). Observers found no association between interventricular septum shape and death. A RV/LV diameter ratio >1 was predictive of death (OR, 3.83; p 1 is predictive of death when the embolic burden is low (<40%).

  5. Pulmonary bone cement embolism: CT angiographic evaluation with material decomposition using gemstone spectral imaging.

    Huh, Sun; Lee, Heon

    2014-01-01

    We report a case of pulmonary bone cement embolism in a female who presented with dyspnea following multiple sessions of vertebroplasty. She underwent spectral CT pulmonary angiography and the diagnosis was made based on enhanced visualization of radiopaque cement material in the pulmonary arteries and a corresponding decrease in the parenchymal iodine content. Here, we describe the CT angiography findings of bone cement embolism with special emphasis on the potential benefits of spectral imaging, providing additional information on the material composition. PMID:25053903

  6. Pulmonary bone cement embolism: CT angiographic evaluation with material decomposition using gemstone special imaging

    Huh, Sun; Lee, Heon [Dept. of Radiology, Soonchunhyang University Hospital Bucheon, Bucheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-08-15

    We report a case of pulmonary bone cement embolism in a female who presented with dyspnea following multiple sessions of vertebroplasty. She underwent spectral CT pulmonary angiography and the diagnosis was made based on enhanced visualization of radiopaque cement material in the pulmonary arteries and a corresponding decrease in the parenchymal iodine content. Here, we describe the CT angiography findings of bone cement embolism with special emphasis on the potential benefits of spectral imaging, providing additional information on the material composition.

  7. Postoperative pulmonary embolism in a three year old with Klippel–Trenaunay syndrome

    Hudcova, Jana; Kleinman, Monica; Talmor, Daniel

    2009-01-01

    Massive pulmonary embolism (PE) in a small child is a rare event and unified guidelines for its treatment are missing. Timely diagnosis and management of massive pulmonary embolism is of crucial importance for a good outcome. We describe a unique management of PE causing oxygenation failure using a combination of catheter extraction technique, and regional thrombolysis on top of systemic heparin administration and inferior vena cava filter placement. Pulmonary hypertension was treated with in...

  8. Pulmonary bone cement embolism: CT angiographic evaluation with material decomposition using gemstone special imaging

    We report a case of pulmonary bone cement embolism in a female who presented with dyspnea following multiple sessions of vertebroplasty. She underwent spectral CT pulmonary angiography and the diagnosis was made based on enhanced visualization of radiopaque cement material in the pulmonary arteries and a corresponding decrease in the parenchymal iodine content. Here, we describe the CT angiography findings of bone cement embolism with special emphasis on the potential benefits of spectral imaging, providing additional information on the material composition.

  9. Diagnosis of pulmonary embolism: ventilation perfusion scintigraphy versus helical computed tomography pulmonary angiography

    The present study compared the accuracy of ventilation perfusion scintigraphy (VQS) and CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. This was a prospective observational study of 112 patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) who could be studied with both investigations within 24 h. Results were compared to final diagnosis at completion of 6-month follow up, using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. Pulmonary embolism was diagnosed in 27 referred patients (24%). The sensitivity and specificity of VQS and CTPA were similar to that reported from the literature. A normal VQ scan had the highest negative predictive value (100%), while a high-probability VQ scan had the highest positive predictive value (92%). There was no overall difference (area under the ROC curve (AUC)) between VQS (AUC (95% CI) = 0.82 (0.75,0.89)) and CTPA (AUC = 0.88 (0.81,0.94)) for the diagnosis of PE. Among patients with abnormal chest X-rays, CTPA (AUC 0.90 (0.83,0.97)) appeared somewhat better than VQS (AUC 0.78 (0.68,0.88)) but this difference did not reach statistical significance. In this instance, CTPA is at least as accurate as VQS and may provide an opportunity to make alternative diagnoses. Copyright (2005) Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd

  10. Clinical value of ventilation perfusion imaging for pulmonary embolism

    The results and clinical value of ventilation perfusion (VP) imaging in 434 patients is reported. Pulmonary arteriography has been performed independently in 47 of these patients. Pulmonary arteriography provides the only specific test for intraluminal thrombus in pulmonary vessels. It is, however, invasive, time consuming and expensive, and has a significant morbidity and occasional mortality. For these reasons, VP imaging has been widely adopted as a screening test for pulmonary embolism (PE). The non-specific nature of perfusion abnormalities of lung demonstrated by this technique are a drawback, and controversy has been generated concerning the value of VP imaging to clinicians who must make decisions on clinical management. It is found that VP imaging provides valuable information in two-thirds of all patients referred to Nuclear Medicine with a clinical suspicion of PE. Among these patients, VP imaging confirmed the clinical suspicion in one-third, clarified or corrected the clinical diagnosis in one-third, and was non-diagnostic in one-third. It is concluded that VP imaging is a safe, reliable and valuable screening test in a significant number of patients suspected of having PE

  11. The diagnosis value of pulmonary perfusion/ventilation imaging for pulmonary embolism: in comparison with pulmonary artery angiography

    Objective: To evaluate the value of the pulmonary perfusion/ventilation imaging in diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE). Methods: Forty-five patients undergone pulmonary radionuclide imaging and pulmonary artery angiography in Fuwai Hospital were analyzed retrospectively. Results: Twenty-six patients were diagnosed as with PE by pulmonary angiography. For the pulmonary segments with complete filling defect on pulmonary artery angiography, the coincidence rate was 92.7% between the angiography and radionuclide pulmonary imaging, while the pulmonary segments with partial filling defect, the coincidence rate was 73.2% (P<0.01). The sensitivity and specificity were 92.3% and 84.2%, respectively. Both the positive predictive value and negative predictive value were 88.9%. Out of 26 patients with PE, 23 patients had also pulmonary ventilation imaging. The results showed mismatch between pulmonary perfusion and ventilation imaging in all of the 23 patients. Conclusion: The pulmonary perfusion plus pulmonary ventilation imaging plays an important role in diagnosing PE

  12. Detection of pulmonary embolism with 99mTc-Labeled F(ab)2 fragment of anti-P-selectin monoclonal antibody in dogs

    Pulmonary embolism is a common and potentially life-threatening condition, and its correct diagnosis is highly desirable before anticoagulant therapy is initiated. However, the safe and accurate diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism remains a challenge. Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is a highly sensitive scintigraphic imaging technique. Pulmonary embolism can be detected by SPECT with 99mTc-labeled imaging agents that bind to components present predominantly on thromboemboli. P-selectin is an adhesion glycoprotein that is expressed in platelets and endothelial cells. P-selectin on activated platelets is a suitable biomarker of the active thrombus process. The objective of this study was to evaluate 99mTc-labeled F(ab)2 fragment of anti-P-selectin monoclonal antibody SZ51, 99mTc-SZ51-F(ab)2, for imaging pulmonary embolism in beagle canines. SZ51 was digested to F(ab)2 fragment, named SZ51-F(ab)2, and its specific binding to P-selectin on either human or canine platelets was verified by flow cytometry assay. In each dog, an 18-gauge catheter was inserted into left or right pulmonary artery, and a two-stranded spiral stainless-steel coil (20 mm) was inserted through catheter. At 30 min after coil placement, X-ray angiography was performed to document the pulmonary embolism and the locations of the coil. After intravenous injection of 99mTc-SZ51-F(ab)2, experimental thrombi in dogs could be consistently visualized for 2-3 hours by SPECT. Pulmonary embolism showed higher uptake of 99mTc-SZ51-F(ab)2. The present study suggests that 99mTc-SZ51-F(ab)2 may be a promising agent for detecting pulmonary embolism. (author)

  13. Diagnosis of pulmonary embolism and the underlying venous thrombosis by multi-slice CT

    To determine the value of multi-slice CT for the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism and an underlying venous thrombosis. Methods: 70 patients with clinically suspected acute pulmonary embolism were examined. Using multi-slice CT a combined examination of the pulmonary arteries and the veins of the lower limb, pelvis and abdomen was performed. Only one single bolus of 150 ml iopromid 300 was injected into a cubital vein with a flow of 4 ml/s. First, the pulmonary arteries were scanned with a slice thickness of 2.5 mm and a pitch of 1.5. On arrival of the contrast medium at the popliteal veins, indicated by bolus trakking, the veins of the lower limbs up to the end of the inferior vena cava were imaged using a slice thickness of 3.75 mm and a pitch of 1.5. The results could be compared with a ventilation-perfusion scan in 48 cases, with a Doppler ultrasound examination in 46 cases, and with a venography in 10 cases. Furthermore, the image quality of all arterial and venous regions was subjectively assessed. Results: In all patients who underwent multi-slice CT the pulmonary arteries as well as the veins of the lower half of the body could be recorded completely. Regarding the pulmonary arteries the image quality showed excellent results for the central and segmental arteries. The region up to the 3rd division in subsegmental branches could be sufficiently judged. More peripherally, a diagnostic assessment was not possible. The image quality of the veins was excellent in all sections, except the calf, where a reliable diagnosis could not be made. The comparison with the other techniques confirmed the superiority of multi-slice CT concerning the central and segmental pulmonary arteries and the veins from the popliteal vein to the inferior vena cava. In contrast, peripheral pulmonary emboli can be detected more certainly in ventilation/perfusion scans. The veins of the calf can be evaluated more reliably with venography. (orig.)

  14. Nicardipine-Induced Acute Pulmonary Edema: A Rare but Severe Complication of Tocolysis

    Claire Serena; Emmanuelle Begot; Jérôme Cros; Charles Hodler; Anne Laure Fedou; Nathalie Nathan-Denizot; Marc Clavel

    2014-01-01

    We report four cases of acute pulmonary edema that occurred during treatment by intravenous tocolysis using nicardipine in pregnancy patients with no previous heart problems. Clinical severity justified hospitalization in intensive care unit (ICU) each time. Acute dyspnea has begun at an average of 63 hours after initiation of treatment. For all patients, the first diagnosis suspected was pulmonary embolism. The patients' condition improved rapidly with appropriate diuretic treatment and by m...

  15. Severe pulmonary oedema following therapeutic embolization with Onyx for cerebral arteriovenous malformation

    Murugesan, C.; Saravanan, Sundararaj; Rajkumar, John; Prasad, Jagadish; Banakal, Sanjay; Muralidhar, Kanchi [Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore (India)

    2008-05-15

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is characterized by sudden onset of respiratory distress, infiltrates on radiographs consistent with pulmonary oedema, hypoxaemia and increased work in breathing. Infiltrates on radiographs are bilateral, but may be patchy or diffuse and fluffy or dense. It is associated with absence of left heart failure and a PaO{sub 2}/FiO{sub 2} ratio of {<=}200. Ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer dissolved in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), which was approved by the US FDA in July 2005, is used as an embolic agent for cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM). It is a biocompatible liquid polymer that precipitates and solidifies on contact with blood, thus forming a soft and spongy embolus. We report a case of ARDS following therapeutic embolization with ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer for cerebral AVM under general anaesthesia. Experienced perioperative physicians adopted standard anaesthetic technique and monitoring for this procedure. Acute respiratory distress and hypoxaemia developed in the patient following extubation of the trachea. Infiltrates seen on postprocedural chest radiographs were consistent with pulmonary oedema. DMSO, the solvent for the ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer, is excreted via the lungs after administration and we postulate that DMSO was the possible cause of ARDS in this patient. Monitoring of haemodynamic parameters (invasive blood pressure, electrocardiography) and ventilatory parameters (ETCO{sub 2}, SpO{sub 2}, airway pressure monitoring) are important in the recognition of this possible event. One should be vigilant and anticipate this complication following therapeutic embolization with ethylene vinyl alcohol polymer for the treatment of cerebral AVM. (orig.)

  16. Diagnostic value of one-day protocol pulmonary ventilation/perfusion imaging in pulmonary embolic disease

    Full text: Objective: To evaluate the value of easy and fast one-day protocol pulmonary ventilation/perfusion(V/P) imaging in diagnosis of pulmonary embolic(PE).Methods:Applicating disposable ventilation kit, 132 patients with clinically suspected PE underwent pulmonary V/P imaging, performed with ADAC Vertex Dual-head SPECT with low energy high resolution collimator, set peak at 140 Kev, 20% window, 256 x 256 matrix, and 8 plane views: Anterior, Posterior, LAO, RPO, LL, RL, LPO, RAO. Pulmonary V imaging applicate disposable ventilation kit, inject 99Tcm- DTPA 1110MBq into aerosol unit, start oxygen flow at a low rate, gradually in to 10-14 liters/minute. Starting acquisition when the activity of labeled aerosol reaches 1k counts/s count rate, preset count is 100k, about 7 minute for completion of study; Right after V imaging, keep the patient in the exact same position, intravenously slowly inject 99Tcm-MAA 111MBq, count rate is about 6k counts/s, preset count is 500k, about 6 minute for completion of study.Results:According to the criteria of prospective investigation of the pulmonary embolism diagnosis (PIOPED), among the 184 patients , 85 were diagnosed with PE and 86 were excluded. simple fast one-day protocol pulmonary V/P imaging provided diagnostic interpretations for 171 patients, and non-diagnostic interpretations for 13 patients, by spiral CT, pulmonary angiography and clinical D-Dimer, 5 were diagnosed with PE and 8 were not PE. For diagnosing PE, the sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of pulmonary V/P imaging was 94.44%, 91.49%, 92.93%, 91.40% and 94.51%.Conclusions: Easy and fast one-day protocol pulmonary V/P imaging gave very high clinical value in the diagnosis of PE. (author)

  17. Fatal Pulmonary Tumor Embolic Microangiopathy in Young Lady without Known Primary Malignancy

    Al-Azem, M. Ali; Hanafy, Ahmed; Nakkar, Talal

    2014-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in hospitalized patients. Malignancy, prolonged recumbence, and chemotherapy are renowned risk factors for development of clinically significant PE. Cancer exerts a multitude of pathophysiological processes, for example, hypercoagulability and abnormal vessels with sluggish circulation that can lead to PE. One of the peculiar characteristics of tumor cells is their ability to reach the circulation and behave as blood clot—not a metastasis-occluding the pulmonary circulation. We present a case of fatal pulmonary embolism diagnosed histologically to be due to tumor cell embolism. PMID:25478243

  18. The Unpredictable Effect of Changing Cardiac Output on Hypoxemia after Acute Pulmonary Thromboembolism

    Tsang, John Y.C.; Wayne J E Lamm; Blazej Neradilek; Polissar, Nayak L.; Michael P. Hlastala

    2008-01-01

    Previous studies reported that the degree of hypoxemia following acute pulmonary thromboembolism (APTE) was highly variable and that its mechanism was mainly due to the creation of many high and low ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) units, as a result of the heterogeneous regional blood flow (Q) caused by embolic obstruction. We studied the effect of changing cardiac output (Qt) on gas exchange after APTE in 5 embolized piglets (23 ± 3 Kg), using Dobutamine intermittently at approximately 20 µg/kg/...

  19. The significance of calf deep vein thrombosis in pulmonary embolism

    Controversy exists about the occurrence of pulmonary embolism (PE) in deep venous thrombosis (DVT) limited to the calf below the popliteal vein. The authors prospectively evaluated 54 such patients; 52 of 54 had undergone recent major orthopedic surgery. Ventilation perfusion (V/Q) scans were performed prior to the orthopedic surgery in 43 of 52 patients. All preoperative V/Q scans were either normal or had low probability for PE. Venography was performed on the 7th postoperative day, and all patients had isolated calf DVT. Post-phlebography V/Q scans were performed within 18 hours after venography. Thirty-five of 43 (82%) of the V/Q scans were unchanged postoperatively, while eight of 43 (18%) showed new segmental and subsegmental perfusion abnormalities without associated ventilatory changes, suggesting that pulmonary emboli had occurred. Only two of eight patients had symptoms suggestive of PE. Based on these results, the authors believe that pulmonary emboli do occur with isolated calf DVT. Baseline V/Q scans are helpful for detecting PE in population groups at high risk for developing DVT

  20. Pulmonary embolism in pregnancy: comparison of pulmonary CT angiography and lung scintigraphy.

    Ridge, Carole A

    2012-02-01

    OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to retrospectively compare the diagnostic adequacy of lung scintigraphy with that of pulmonary CT angiography (CTA) in the care of pregnant patients with suspected pulmonary embolism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patient characteristics, radiology report content, additional imaging performed, final diagnosis, and diagnostic adequacy were recorded for pregnant patients consecutively referred for lung scintigraphy or pulmonary CTA according to physician preference. Measurements of pulmonary arterial enhancement were performed on all pulmonary CTA images of pregnant patients. Lung scintigraphy and pulmonary CTA studies deemed inadequate for diagnosis at the time of image acquisition were further assessed, and the cause of diagnostic inadequacy was determined. The relative contribution of the inferior vena cava to the right side of the heart was measured on nondiagnostic CTA images and compared with that on CTA images of age-matched nonpregnant women, who were the controls. RESULTS: Twenty-eight pulmonary CTA examinations were performed on 25 pregnant patients, and 25 lung scintigraphic studies were performed on 25 pregnant patients. Lung scintigraphy was more frequently adequate for diagnosis than was pulmonary CTA (4% vs 35.7%) (p = 0.0058). Pulmonary CTA had a higher diagnostic inadequacy rate among pregnant than nonpregnant women (35.7% vs 2.1%) (p < 0.001). Transient interruption of contrast material by unopacified blood from the inferior vena cava was identified in eight of 10 nondiagnostic pulmonary CTA studies. CONCLUSION: We found that lung scintigraphy was more reliable than pulmonary CTA in pregnant patients. Transient interruption of contrast material by unopacified blood from the inferior vena cava is a common finding at pulmonary CTA of pregnant patients.

  1. Thrombolytic treatment given at the and of the first week of stroke due to pulmonary embolism in a patient with middlee cerebral artery infarction

    Çetin Kürşad Akpınar

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Thrombolytic treatment is the most effective and commonly used method into firs 4,5 hours of acute ischemic stroke and massive pulmonary embolism. It is known that thrombolytic treatment is definitely contraindicated in cases who had an ischemic stroke into last three months. In this paper, it was reported that thrombolytic treatment had given for pulmonary embolism which developed one week after stroke in a case with stroke due to middle cerebral artery occlusion. Here, we presented a case which is rarely seen and required difficulty in deciding.

  2. [Frequency, cause, and awareness of pulmonary embolism in oncologic patients].

    Bach, Andreas Gunter; Neumann, Johanna; Taute, Bettina-Maria; Surov, Alexey

    2016-05-01

    The frequency of pulmonary embolism (PE) in oncologic patients ranges from 1.1 % to 7.3 % depending on whether not only symptomatic findings but also incidental and initially overseen events are considered. The frequency of PE is tumor-specific. Most frequently PE occurs in patients with malignancy of the ovary (25 %), pancreas, brain, uterus, and multiple myeloma. Most rarely is PE found in patients with malignancy of the testis.The tumor-specific frequency shows that the association of malignancy and PE is not equally true for alle malignancies. A number of arguments that support the above association are also valid in non-oncologic patients.The awareness of the diagnosing radiologist and the thrombus mass decide whether or not an unexpected PE is detected. An increased awareness is suggested in patients with malignancies with high PE frequency and in patients with advanced oncologic disease. PMID:27176066

  3. Atypical Presentation of Massive Pulmonary Embolism, a Case Report

    Alireza Majidi

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The lack of pathognomonic signs and symptoms makes the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE difficult. Here, we report a case of a 42-year-old man presented to the emergency department with worsening epigastric pain, hypotension, frank bradycardia, and final diagnosis of PE. Although previous studies have indicated that abdominal pain was observed in 6.7% of patients with PE, the exact reason for abdominal pain in PE still remains unknown. Tension on the sensory nerve endings, hepatic congestion, and distention of Gilson’s capsule are some of the possible mechanisms of abdominal pain in PE. We conclude that emergency physicians should pay more attention to PE, which is an important differential diagnosis of shock state. In this context, rapid ultrasound in shock (RUSH should be considered as a vital sign that needs to be evaluated when recording the history of patients presented to the emergency department with signs and symptoms of shock.

  4. Comparison of efficacy of different treatments for pulmonary embolism.

    Fan, Yang; Huang, He; Xiong, Jun; Yang, Mei; Kong, Bin; Liao, Jia-fen; He, Wang-wei; Wang, Zhi-qiang

    2016-04-01

    An optimal therapy for pulmonary embolism (PE) was explored by comparing three different methods in order to alleviate the sufferings of PE patients and reduce the mortality. Eighty patients with PE diagnosed by computed tomography angiography (CTA) were treated with thrombolysis, anticoagulation only, or surgery/intervention. The clinical efficacy of different treatments were compared and analyzed. Twenty-four out of the 26 patients (92%) in anticoagulation only group showed improvement in CTA and clinical presentations, which was significantly higher than that in the thrombolysis group (87%, n=39, Pthrombolysis group and anticoagulation only group. In the surgery/interventional group (n=15), the success rate was 47%, and the mortality rate was 14%. Both of them were significantly different from those in thrombolysis and anticoagulation only groups (both Pimportance to choose the appropriate therapeutic regimen for PE patients. Mortality may be reduced and prognosis may be improved with anticoagulation only and thrombolysis therapy. PMID:27072972

  5. Right atrial thrombus and massive pulmonary embolism refractory to thrombolytic therapy: A case report

    Simon De Freitas

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: Although current data are insufficient to direct a high level of evidence-based care, this case report and others highlight the feasibility and safety of surgical embolectomy in complicated cases of massive pulmonary embolism.

  6. Correlates of syncope in patients with acute pulmonary thromboembolism.

    Jenab, Yaser; Lotfi-Tokaldany, Masoumeh; Alemzadeh-Ansari, Mohammad-Javad; Seyyedi, Seyyed Reza; Shirani, Shapoor; Soudaee, Mehdi; Ghaffari-Marandi, Neda

    2015-11-01

    Identification of pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE), as a cause of syncope, is important and may be life saving. We prospectively analyzed data on 335 patients with acute PTE. Relationships between syncope secondary to acute PTE and clinical findings, risk factors, and imaging modalities were analyzed. Of the 335 patients, 36 (10.7%) had syncope at presentation. Compared to patients without syncope, those with syncope had a higher frequency of right ventricular (RV) dysfunction (94.3% vs 72.1%, respectively; P value = .004) and saddle embolism (24.2% vs 10.9%, respectively; P value = .044). Frequency of RV dysfunction was similar between patients with and without saddle embolism. Although not significant, more patients with syncope had a history of previous PTE (P value = .086). By multivariable analysis, RV dysfunction and saddle embolism were independent correlates of syncope in patients with PTE. In-hospital mortality was not significantly different between the groups. In conclusion, among patients with PTE, RV dysfunction and saddle embolism were the independent correlates of syncope. PMID:24989710

  7. The clinic application of meyer method of pulmonary perfusion imaging in evaluation of the therapeutic effect of pulmonary embolism

    Objective: To assess the clinic value of Meyer method of pulmonary perfusion imaging in evaluation of the therapeutic effect of pulmonary embolism. Methods: Thirty patients who were diagnosed as pulmonary embolism and received anticoagulant or thrombolytic therapy. All patients received pulmonary ventilation/perfusion imaging before treatment within 1 to 2 days and received pulmonary perfusion imaging again after treatment within 1 to 2 weeks. The two images obtained in each patient were scored together. Meyer method of semi-quantitative visual evaluations were used. Results: Thirty patients after therapy, among 15 patients obviously improve of pulmonary perfusion, 8 patients lightly improve, 5 patients no change and 2 patients aggravation. By Meyer method, the 23 patients of improvement group, the score of before treatment (0.45 ± 0.14), the score of after treatment (0.22 ± 0.11), the score was significant change (t=11.627, P<0.05). the 7 patients of no change group, the score of before treatment (0.23 ± 0.15). the improvement rate of two groups were significant change (t=2.410, P<0.05). Conclusion: The Meyer method could effectively evaluate the pulmonary perfusion change after the treatment of pulmonary embolism, and there was clinic value in evaluation of the therapeutic effect of pulmonary embolism. (authors)

  8. Ventilation-perfusion patterns in lung diseases (with reference to those observed in pulmonary embolism)

    The frequency distributions of ventilation-perfusion (V-P) patterns in various lung diseases were compared to those observed in pulmonary embolism in order to determine whether the V-P patterns for pulmonary embolism constituted a frequent finding in these disorders. The results showed that a segmental or labor perfusion defect with normal ventilation, was associated with a high probability of thromboembolic lung disease, and was not present in any of the other lung diseases studied. (orig.)

  9. Pulmonary embolism after a single-stage, combined anterior and posterior approach lumbar surgery

    2013-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism is a fatal complication in orthopaedics surgery. While, the incidence of this life-threatening condition is low in spine surgery and few detailed reports have been published in English literatures. We present a case of pulmonary embolism which occurred after a single-stage, combined anterior and posterior approach surgery for L2 burst fracture. Although positive and timely rescue measures were performed, the patient died finally. We report the case to help spine surgeons to...

  10. Limited value of novel pulmonary embolism biomarkers in patients with coronary atherosclerosis

    Borgwardt, Henrik Gutte; Mortensen, Jann; Hag, Anne M F; Jensen, Claus V; Kristoffersen, Ulrik S; Brinth, Louise; Kjaer, Andreas

    2011-01-01

    Recent research supports the efficacy of various plasma biomarkers in diagnosing pulmonary embolism (PE) including E-selectin, MMP-9, MPO, sVCAM-1, sICAM-1, adiponectin, hs-CRP and tPAI-1.......Recent research supports the efficacy of various plasma biomarkers in diagnosing pulmonary embolism (PE) including E-selectin, MMP-9, MPO, sVCAM-1, sICAM-1, adiponectin, hs-CRP and tPAI-1....

  11. Diagnosis efficiency for pulmonary embolism using magnetic resonance imaging method: a meta-analysis

    Yue, Kuitao

    2015-01-01

    PE (Pulmonary embolism, PE) is a common disease, usually caused by blockage of pulmonary artery and its branches due to exogenous or endogenous embolic obstruction. PE always be misdiagnosed in clinical. The aim of this study is to calculate the sensitivity and specificity of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in assessing the resectability of PE. In this study, a meta-analysis of the reported sensitivity and specificity of each study with 95% confidence intervals (CI) was performed. Five studi...

  12. Pulmonary Embolism following Cessation of Infliximab for Treatment of Miliary Tuberculosis

    Brian Lee

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of a 41-year-old male who presented with tachycardia and swelling of his left arm six weeks after he started antituberculosis treatment and stopped his rheumatoid arthritis infliximab treatment. He was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism by chest CT and initially treated with warfarin, which interacted with his antituberculosis treatment. This presentation of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism as part of immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome has not been previously reported for infliximab treated patients.

  13. Pulmonary Embolism following Cessation of Infliximab for Treatment of Miliary Tuberculosis

    Moosavy, Farid

    2014-01-01

    We report a case of a 41-year-old male who presented with tachycardia and swelling of his left arm six weeks after he started antituberculosis treatment and stopped his rheumatoid arthritis infliximab treatment. He was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism by chest CT and initially treated with warfarin, which interacted with his antituberculosis treatment. This presentation of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism as part of immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome has not been previously reported for infliximab treated patients. PMID:25530902

  14. Critical appraisal of dabigatran in the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism

    Ogbonna, Kelechi

    2015-01-01

    Kelechi C Ogbonna, Dave L Dixon Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, Richmond, VA, USA Objective: To compare the safety and efficacy of dabigatran to warfarin for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Background: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a disease comprised of two conditions: deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. VTE is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide with an annual in...

  15. Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism – Prevention, management, and anaesthetic considerations

    Krishan Kumar Narani

    2010-01-01

    There is high incidence of venous thromboembolism, comprising of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, in hospitalized patients. The need for systemic thromboprophylaxis is essential, especially in patients with inherited or acquired patient-specific risk factors or in patients undergoing surgeries associated with high incidence of postoperative deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. These patients, on prophylactic or therapeutic doses of anticoagulants, may present for surgery. ...

  16. Diagnosis of atypical subsegmental pulmonary embolism using pulmonary ventilation/perfusion imaging

    Objective: Pulmonary ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) imaging was used in the diagnosis of atypical subsegmental pulmonary embolism(PE) and monitoring the response to anti-coagulation. Methods: A total of 141 patients (58 men, 83 women, 40-83 years) underwent 99Tcm-MAA and 99Tcm-Technegas pulmonary V/Q imaging, and then underwent pulmonary perfusion imaging after 1-24 months oral anticoagulative therapy. Fourteen cases had lower limbs venous lesions, 45 diabetes mellitus or hyperlipaemia, and 63 the history of invasive diagnosis or therapy management recently. Pre- and post-anticoagulation images were compared and combined with clinical information and other imaging modalities to assess the subsegmental PE. Results: All pulmonary perfusion images showed defects in different sizes with normal pulmonary ventilation images. After therapy, the radioactive uptake and distribution in both lungs improved in 118/141 (83.69%) cases. The post-treatment scans were judged normal in 35 patients, obviously improved in 49, mildly improved in 34. Conclusion: Pulmonary V/Q imaging provided accurate information in both diagnosis and post-therapy monitoring of atypical subsegmental PE. (authors)

  17. Comparison of lung scintigraphy and CT angiography in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

    In our institution, as in others, pulmonary angiography is not used in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism because of its perceived risks. We compared the results on lung scintigraphy and computed tomography angiography (CTA) in 116 consecutive patients with suspected pulmonary embolism. In 14 patients with normal lung scans 13 (93%) were also normal with CTA. In the 73 patients with low probability lung scans only five (7%) demonstrated pulmonary embolism with CTA. In 12 patients with high probability lung scans 11 (92%) demonstrated pulmonary embolism on CTA. However, in the 17 patients with intermediate probability lung scans, 10 (58.8%) showed embolism with CTA. We conclude that wherever practicable lung scans should be performed in all patients due to its relatively low radiation burden and that CTA be performed in patients with intermediate probability scans due to the high incidence of pulmonary embolism. Patients with either a normal scan or high probability scan should be treated appropriately. In patients with low probability scans CTA should be performed in those with a high clinical suspicion of thromboembolism. Copyright (2002) Blackwell Science Pty Ltd

  18. Reporting of ventilation perfusion images for pulmonary embolism

    Thirty-four hospital patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) had ventilation perfusion (VP) imaging after pulmonary angiography to assess the performance of highly specific criteria for diagnosis of PE and to evaluate the precision of image reporting. A diagnostic result was obtained from VP imaging in 21 of 34 patients giving a sensitivity for PE of 80% and a specificity of 100% in this subgroup. Six of 11 patients with PE had an indeterminate study which reduced the overall sensitivity of the technique for PE in the whole group. A critical analysis of image reporting by two readers gave an 85% inter-observer agreement on ranking as diagnostic or indeterminate for PE (kappa 0.69) and 91%-94% agreement for consensus reproducibility (kappa 0.82). We conclude that the degree of accuracy and precision of reporting that can be obtained using specific criteria will provide a reliable diagnosis in a significant number of patients suspected of having PE. Consensus reporting by two readers is shown to be more reliable than individual reporting. (orig.)

  19. Superselective embolization with microcoil in acute gastronitestinal hemorrhage

    Ko, Eun Hye; Kim, Jae Kyu; Jang, Nam Kyu [Medical School, Chonnam University, Kwangju (Korea, Republic of)] [and others

    2000-04-01

    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of superselective arterial embolization using the microcoil in acute gastrointerstinal hemorrhage. We evaluated 11 of 42 patients who had undergone diagnostic angiography and transcatheter arterial embolization due to acute gastrointestinal hemorrhage and subsequently underwent superselective arterial embolization using the microcoil. Nine were males and two were females, and their age ranged from 33 to 70 (mean, 51) years. The etiologies were bleeding ulcer (n=3D5), pseudoaneurysm from pancreatitis (n=3D3), and postoperative bleeding (n=3D3). The symptoms were melena, hematemesis, and hematochzia, and the critical signs were cecreased hemoglobin and worsening of vital signs. All patients underwent superselective embolization using the microcatheter and microcoil. Bleeding occurred in the gastroduodenal artery (n=3D5), inferior pancreaticoduodenal artery (n=3D2), left gastric artery (n=3D2), right hepatic artery (n=3D1), and ileal branch of the superior mesenteric artery (n=3D1). All cases were treated succesfully, without complications. In one case in which there was bleeding in the right hepatic artery, reembolization with a microcoil was needed because of persistent melena. During follow up, three patients died from complications arising underlying diseases, namely disseminated intravascular coagulopathy, chronic renal failure, and adult resiratory distress syndrome. (author)=20.

  20. Superselective embolization with microcoil in acute gastronitestinal hemorrhage

    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of superselective arterial embolization using the microcoil in acute gastrointerstinal hemorrhage. We evaluated 11 of 42 patients who had undergone diagnostic angiography and transcatheter arterial embolization due to acute gastrointestinal hemorrhage and subsequently underwent superselective arterial embolization using the microcoil. Nine were males and two were females, and their age ranged from 33 to 70 (mean, 51) years. The etiologies were bleeding ulcer (n=3D5), pseudoaneurysm from pancreatitis (n=3D3), and postoperative bleeding (n=3D3). The symptoms were melena, hematemesis, and hematochzia, and the critical signs were cecreased hemoglobin and worsening of vital signs. All patients underwent superselective embolization using the microcatheter and microcoil. Bleeding occurred in the gastroduodenal artery (n=3D5), inferior pancreaticoduodenal artery (n=3D2), left gastric artery (n=3D2), right hepatic artery (n=3D1), and ileal branch of the superior mesenteric artery (n=3D1). All cases were treated succesfully, without complications. In one case in which there was bleeding in the right hepatic artery, reembolization with a microcoil was needed because of persistent melena. During follow up, three patients died from complications arising underlying diseases, namely disseminated intravascular coagulopathy, chronic renal failure, and adult resiratory distress syndrome. (author)=20

  1. Early diagnosis and treatment for acute pulmonary embolism%急性肺栓塞急诊及时诊断和治疗对患者疗效及预后的影响

    潘唐超

    2012-01-01

    目的:探讨急诊及时诊断和治疗对急性肺栓塞(APE)的疗效及随后1年的预后影响.方法:回顾性分析2007年5月~2011年6月我院收治的APE患者86例,按确诊时间是否超过2周,分为及时诊断和治疗组(观察组,47例)和未及时诊断和治疗组(对照组,39例),观察其疗效及随访1年的预后情况.结果:观察组2周内确诊后予溶栓联合抗凝治疗,对照组未在2周内确诊,予对症治疗,两组患者经不同方法治疗后呼吸频率、心率、动脉血氧分压(PaO2)、动脉血二氧化碳分压(PaCO2)和动脉血-肺泡气氧分压差(PA-aO2)均明显改善(P<0.05);观察组的动脉血氧分压(PaO2)治疗后较对照组有明显改善(P<0.05);观察组总有效率为93.7%(43/47),明显高于对照组(P<0.05);随访1年两组主要终点事件发生率无明显差异(P>0.05).结论:急性肺栓塞在2周内确诊并联合应用溶栓和抗凝治疗,有利于提高疗效、减少死亡率,但不能改善1年后的无事件生存率.%Objective: To explore the influence of early diagnosis and treatment for acute pulmonary embolism (APE) on patients' prognosis after 1 year. Methods: Clinical data of 86 patients diagnosed as APE from May 2007 to June 2011 were retrospective analyzed. According to diagnostic time, all cases were divided into observation group with timely diagnosis and treatment (47 cases) and control group without timely diagnosis and treatment group (39 cases). The curative effect and prognosis after 1-year follow-up were observed and compared. Results: Patients in observation group were diagnosed as APE in 2 weeks and were given thrombolysis combined with anticoagulant therapy, while patients in control group had no confirmed result in 2 weeks and had symptomatic treatment. After treatment, heart rate, respiration rate, blood oxygen partial pressure (PaOz) , carbon dioxide points (PaCC^) and blood pressure-alveolar gas oxygen partial pressure(PA-a02) were

  2. Dynamic analysis of plasma NT-ProBNP and D-dimer levels in acute pulmonary embolism%急性肺栓塞血浆NT-ProBNP与D-二聚体水平的动态分析

    白重阳; 吕晓丽; 苏征; 辛欢; 陈颖; 李斌; 张惠中

    2014-01-01

    目的:通过检测急性肺栓塞(APE)患者溶栓前后血浆氨基末端脑钠肽前体(NT-ProBNP)、D-二聚体水平,探讨其变化特点及意义。方法60例疑似APE患者,其中经CT确诊并符合溶栓条件的APE患者40例设为实验组,经CT排除APE患者20例为对照组。测定两组治疗前及实验组溶栓治疗2周后血浆 NT-ProBNP 与D-二聚体水平并进行比较。结果 NT-proBNP检测对早期APE患者的诊断灵敏度为92.3%,特异度为65%;D-二聚体检测对早期APE患者的诊断的灵敏度为100%,特异度为70%;实验组溶栓前血浆NT-ProBNP与D-二聚体水平显著高于对照组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01)。结论血浆NT-ProBNP与D-二聚体对APE具有重要的临床意义,可为APE患者早期诊断及疗效观察提供依据。%Objective To detect plasma amino-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-ProBNP) ,D-Dimer levels in the pa-tients with acute pulmonary embolism (APE) in order to investigate their change characteristics and significance .Methods Among 60 patients with suspected APE ,40 cases diagnosed by CT and meeting the thrombolytic condition were set as the experimental group and other 20 cases of excluded APE by CT as the control group .Plasma NT-ProBNP and D-dimer before treatment in the two groups and after 2-week thrombolytic therapy in the experimental thrombolysis were detected and compared .Results The diagnos-tic sensitivity of NT-ProBNP for early APE was 92 .3% and the specificity was 65% ,while the diagnostic sensitivity of D-dimer for early APE was 100% and the specificity was 70% ;the plasma NT-ProBNP and D-dimer levels before thrombolysis in the experi-mental group were significantly higher than those in the control group with statistical differences (P<0 .01) .Conclusion Plasma NT-ProBNP and D-dimer has important clinical significance for APE and can provide the basis for the early diagnosis and the cura-tive effect observation of

  3. Arterial embolization for management of hemoptysis in pulmonary tuberculosis : factors of rebleeding

    To evaluate the effectiveness of arterial embolization in reducing hemoptysis in pulmonary tuberculosis, and rebleeding factors after embolization. Fifty-nine patients with massive or recurrent hemoptysis from pulmonary tuberculosis were underwent percutaneous transcatheter embolotherapy and thirteen were subsequently operated on. In 46 patients, we retrospectively analyzed on plain chest PA the extent of pulmonary tuberculosis lesions, the period from initial diagnosis to embolization, and angiographic findings. The extent of lesions shown on plain chest PA were classified into minimal, moderately advanced, and far advanced. If there was no evidence of rebleeding after the first embolization,this was regarded as initial success in the control of hemoptysis. Angiographic findings were classified into hypervascularity, shunt, aneurysmal dilatation, and extravasation. Using the chi-square test, differences in these findings between rebleedig and non-rebleeding cases were anlysed. Immediate control of hemoptysis was achieved in 27 (58.7%) of 46 patients. Hemoptysis recurred in 19 (41.3%) of 46 patients followed up. Rebleeding cases showed more nonbronchial systemic collateral vessels and shunt than non-rebleeding cases (p<0.05). More advanced lesions of pulmonary tuberculosis on plain chest PA showed an increased rebleeding rate after embolization, but this was not statistically significant. There was no correlation between the period from initial diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis to embolization and the rate of rebleeding. But the longer the period, the greater the number of nonbronchial systemic collateral vessels. In cases with more advanced lesions of pulmonary tuberculosis on plain chese PA and a long period from initial diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis to embolization, angiographic findings showed numerous nonbronchial systemic collateral vessels but increases in the rebleeding rate were statistically not significant. The greater the number of nonbronchial

  4. Salvage intraosseous thrombolysis and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for massive pulmonary embolism

    Luke Cameron Northey

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Intraosseous access is an alternative route of pharmacotherapy during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO provides cardiac and respiratory support when conventional therapies fail. This case reports the use of intraosseous thrombolysis and ECMO in a patient with acute massive pulmonary embolism (PE. A 34-year-old female presented to the emergency department with sudden onset severe shortness of breath. Due to difficulty establishing intravenous access, an intraosseous needle was inserted into the left tibia. Echocardiography identified severe right ventricular dilatation with global systolic impairment and failure, indicative of PE. Due to the patient′s hemodynamic compromise a recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (Alteplase bolus was administered through the intraosseous route. After transfer to the intensive care unit, venous-arterial ECMO was initiated as further therapy. The patient recovered and was discharged 36 days after admission. This is the first report of combination intraosseous thrombolysis and ECMO as salvage therapy for massive PE.

  5. Pulmonary Artery Access Embolization in Patients with Massive Hemoptysis in Whom Bronchial and/or Nonbronchial Systemic Artery Embolization Is Contraindicated

    The objective of this paper is to present an alternative therapeutic approach for the treatment of patients with massive hemoptysis in whom bronchial and/or nonbronchial systemic arterial embolization is not possible. We describe a percutaneous procedure for pulmonary segmental artery embolization. Between May 2000 and July 2006, 27 adult patients with hemoptysis underwent percutaneous treatment at our department; 20 of 27 patients were embolized via bronchial and or nonbronchial systemic arteries and 7 patients were embolized via pulmonary artery. Femoral arterial access for systemic artery catheterization and femoral vein access for pulmonary arterial catheterization were used. Gelfoam particles and coils were used for embolization. In this study, we report on three cases of massive hemoptysis from a systemic arterial source in whom bronchial and/or nonbronchial arteries embolization was not possible. Percutaneous embolization via the pulmonary artery access was successful in all three patients. In conclusion, embolization via pulmonary artery is presented as an alternative approach for the management of hemoptysis in patients in whom bronchial arterial embolization is not possible

  6. Pulmonary edema in acute carbon monoxide poisoning

    Acute carbon monoxide poisoning has frequently occurred in Korean, because of the coal briquette being widely used as fuel in Korean residences. Carbon monoxide poisoning has been extensively studied, but it has been sparsely reported that pulmonary edema may develop in acute CO poisoning. We have noticed nine cases of pulmonary edema in acute CO poisoning last year. Other possible causes of pulmonary edema could be exclude in all cases but one. The purpose of this paper is to describe nine cases of pulmonary edema complicated in acute CO poisoning and discuss the pathogenesis and the prognosis

  7. Bayes pulmonary embolism assisted diagnosis: a new expert system for clinical use

    Luciani, Davide; Cavuto, Silvio; Antiga, Luca; Miniati, Massimo; Monti, Simona; Pistolesi, Massimo; Bertolini, Guido

    2007-01-01

    Background The diagnosis of pulmonary embolism demands flexible decision models, both for the presence of clinical confounders and for the variability of local diagnostic resources. As Bayesian networks fully meet this requirement, Bayes Pulmonary embolism Assisted Diagnosis (BayPAD), a probabilistic expert systems focused on pulmonary embolism, was developed. Methods To quantitatively validate and improve BayPAD, the system was applied to 750 patients from a prospective study done in an Italian tertiary hospital where the true pulmonary embolism status was confirmed using pulmonary angiography or ruled out with a lung scan. The proportion of correct diagnoses made by BayPAD (accuracy) and the correctness of the pulmonary embolism probabilities predicted by the model (calibration) were calculated. The calibration was evaluated according to the Cox regression–calibration model. Results Before refining the model, accuracy was 88.6%. Once refined, accuracy was 97.2% and 98%, respectively, in the training and validation samples. According to Cox analysis, calibration was satisfactory, despite a tendency to exaggerate the effect of the findings on the probability of pulmonary embolism. The lack of some investigations (like Spiral computed tomographic scan and Lower limbs doppler ultrasounds) in the pool of available data often prevents BayPAD from reaching the diagnosis without invasive procedures. Conclusions BayPAD offers clinicians a flexible and accurate strategy to diagnose pulmonary embolism. Simple to use, the system performs case‐based reasoning to optimise the use of resources available within a particular hospital. Bayesian networks are expected to have a prominent role in the clinical management of complex diagnostic problems in the near future. PMID:17351217

  8. 99m Tc scans in the diagnosis of pulmonary thrombosis and embolism

    1,500 pulmonary scans using technetium 99 are reported, and the value of this examination in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism in patients with complex functional disorders and in their supervision is emphasized. The morphological aspect, especially in lateral films, and the variability of films taken at short intervals are well demonstrated and illustrated by scans which show their practical interest, in difficult cases, in the diagnosis of thrombosis and embolism. But is is above all in the supervision of such cases that radio-isotope scanning is the greatest interest to follow the course of thrombosis and embolism, diagnosed radiologically or clinically or by E.C.G., angiopneumography and radio-isotope scanning. The comparison of repeated lung scans permits to avoid repeated angiography and, alone, permits to follow up the embolic process and its pulmonary vascular consequences

  9. Pulmonary embolism and patent foramen ovale thrombosis: the key role of TEE

    Reverberi Claudio

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract This is a case report of a 35 young man with Klinefelter Syndrome presented breathlessness, palpitations and chest pain. It shows a rare case of a thrombus located through the PFO, in patient with pulmonary and paradoxical embolism, which takes back to exciting hypothesis on thrombus growth. A thrombus, which has grown 'in situ' or trapped through the patent foramen ovale, may be a cause of relapsing pulmonary or systemic embolism during anticoagulation therapy. To prevent recurrent paradoxical embolism, percutaneous closure of PFO is recommended, but in this case, thrombus was trapped through the PFO and the patient was referred to the surgeon. We believe that under these circumstances the clinician should be informed of the presence of PFO in critical pulmonary embolism; this case points out the key role of TEE to face a diagnostic and therapeutic scenarios.

  10. Establishment of selected acute pulmonary thromboembolism model in experimental sheep

    Objective: To establish a selected acute pulmonary thromboembolism model in experimental sheep suitable for animal experiment. Methods: By using Seldinger's technique the catheter sheath was placed in both the femoral vein and femoral artery in ten sheep. Under C-arm DSA guidance the catheter was inserted through the catheter sheath into the pulmonary artery. Via the catheter appropriate amount of sheep autologous blood clots was injected into the selected pulmonary arteries. The selected acute pulmonary thromboembolism model was thus established. Pulmonary angiography was performed to check the results. The pulmonary arterial pressure, femoral artery pressure,heart rates and partial pressure of oxygen in arterial blood (PaO2) were determined both before and after the treatment. The above parameters obtained after the procedure were compared with the recorded parameters measured before the procedure, and the sheep model quality was evaluated. Results: The baseline of pulmonary arterial pressure was (27.30 ± 9.58) mmHg,femoral artery pressure was (126.4 ± 13.72) mmHg, heart rate was (103 ± 15) bpm and PaO2 was (87.7 ± 12.04) mmHg. Sixty minutes after the injection of (30 ± 5) ml thrombotic agglomerates, the pulmonary arterial pressures rose to (52 ± 49) mmHg, femoral artery pressures dropped to (100 ± 21) mmHg. The heart rates went up to (150 ± 26) bpm. The PaO2 fell to (25.3 ± 11.2) mmHg. After the procedure the above parameters were significantly different from that measured before the procedure in all ten animals (P < 0.01). The pulmonary arteriography clearly demonstrated that the selected pulmonary arteries were successfully embolized. Conclusion: The anatomy of sheep's femoral veins,vena cava system, pulmonary artery and right heart system are suitable for the establishment of the catheter passage, for this reason, selected acute pulmonary thromboembolism model can be easily created in experimental sheep. The technique is feasible and the model has

  11. Gas exchange and pulmonary hypertension following acute pulmonary thromboembolism: has the emperor got some new clothes yet?

    Tsang, John Y C; Hogg, James C

    2014-06-01

    Patients present with a wide range of hypoxemia after acute pulmonary thromboembolism (APTE). Recent studies using fluorescent microspheres demonstrated that the scattering of regional blood flows after APTE, created by the embolic obstruction unique in each patient, significantly worsened regional ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) heterogeneity and explained the variability in gas exchange. Furthermore, earlier investigators suggested the roles of released vasoactive mediators in affecting pulmonary hypertension after APTE, but their quantification remained challenging. The latest study reported that mechanical obstruction by clots accounted for most of the increase in pulmonary vascular resistance, but that endothelin-mediated vasoconstriction also persisted at significant level during the early phase. PMID:25006441

  12. Combination Proximal Pulmonary Artery Coiling and Distal Embolization Induces Chronic Elevations in Pulmonary Artery Pressure in Swine

    Aguero, Jaume; Ishikawa, Kiyotake; Fish, Kenneth M.; Hammoudi, Nadjib; Hadri, Lahouaria; Garcia-Alvarez, Ana; Ibanez, Borja; Fuster, Valentin; Hajjar, Roger J.; Leopold, Jane A.

    2015-01-01

    Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is associated with aberrant vascular remodeling and right ventricular (RV) dysfunction that contribute to early mortality. Large animal models that recapitulate human PH are essential for mechanistic studies and evaluating novel therapies; however, these models are not readily accessible to the field owing to the need for advanced surgical techniques or hypoxia. In this study, we present a novel swine model that develops cardiopulmonary hemodynamics and structural changes characteristic of chronic PH. This percutaneous model was created in swine (n=6) by combining distal embolization of dextran beads with selective coiling of the lobar pulmonary arteries (2 procedures per lung over 4 weeks). As controls, findings from this model were compared with those from a standard weekly distal embolization model (n=6) and sham animals (n=4). Survival with the combined embolization model was 100%. At 8 weeks after the index procedure, combined embolization procedure animals had increased mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPA) and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) compared to the controls with no effect on left heart or systemic pressures. RV remodeling and RV dysfunction were also present with a decrease in the RV ejection fraction, increase in the myocardial performance index, impaired longitudinal function, as well as cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, and interstitial fibrosis, which were not present in the controls. Pulmonary vascular remodeling occurred in both embolization models, although only the combination embolization model had a decrease in pulmonary capacitance. Taken together, these cardiopulmonary hemodynamic and structural findings identify the novel combination embolization swine model as a valuable tool for future studies of chronic PH. PMID:25923775

  13. Superselective transarterial embolization for the management of acute gastrointestinal bleeding

    Lee, In Kyoung; Kim, Young Min; Kim, Jeong; Shin, Sang Soo; Yoon Woong; Kim, Jae Kyu; Park, Jin Gyoon [Chonnam National University Hospital, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Chol Kyoon; Kang, Heoung Keun [Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital, Hwasun (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-03-15

    the follow up period, six patients of the 79 clinically successful patients died due to disseminated coagulopathy or complications of their underlying diseases, and so the total mortality rate was 19% (18 of 97 patients). Postembolization complications such as bowel ischemia or infarction did not occur during the observation period. Superselective transarterial embolization is an effective therapy for treating acute gastrointestinal hemorrhage, and it has a high technical rate and clinical success rate, and a low complication rate.

  14. Long-term follow-up after embolization of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations with detachable silicone balloons

    Andersen, Poul Erik; Kjeldsen, Anette D

    2007-01-01

    ) with pulmonary angiography. Fifty-four percent of the balloons were deflated at latest radiographic chest film follow-up, but at pulmonary angiographic follow-up all embolized malformations were without flow irrespective of whether or not the balloons were visible. Detachable silicone balloons are not...

  15. Molecular Imaging of Activated Platelets Allows the Detection of Pulmonary Embolism with Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

    Heidt, Timo; Ehrismann, Simon; Hövener, Jan-Bernd; Neudorfer, Irene; Hilgendorf, Ingo; Reisert, Marco; Hagemeyer, Christoph E; Zirlik, Andreas; Reinöhl, Jochen; Bode, Christoph; Peter, Karlheinz; von Elverfeldt, Dominik; von Zur Muhlen, Constantin

    2016-01-01

    Early and reliable detection of pulmonary embolism (PE) is critical for improving patient morbidity and mortality. The desire for low-threshold screening for pulmonary embolism is contradicted by unfavorable radiation of currently used computed tomography or nuclear techniques, while standard magnetic resonance imaging still struggles to provide sufficient diagnostic sensitivity in the lung. In this study we evaluate a molecular-targeted contrast agent against activated platelets for non-invasive detection of murine pulmonary thromboembolism using magnetic resonance imaging. By intravenous injection of human thrombin, pulmonary thromboembolism were consistently induced as confirmed by immunohistochemistry of the lung. Magnetic resonance imaging after thrombin injection showed local tissue edema in weighted images which co-localized with the histological presence of pulmonary thromboembolism. Furthermore, injection of a functionalized contrast agent targeting activated platelets provided sensitive evidence of focal accumulation of activated platelets within the edematous area, which, ex vivo, correlated well with the size of the pulmonary embolism. In summary, we here show delivery and specific binding of a functionalized molecular contrast agent against activated platelets for targeting pulmonary thromboembolism. Going forward, molecular imaging may provide new opportunities to increase sensitivity of magnetic resonance imaging for detection of pulmonary embolism. PMID:27138487

  16. Tc-99m macro aggregated albumin scintigraphy - indications other than pulmonary embolism: a pictorial essay

    99mTc macro aggregated albumin (MAA) is synonymous for lung perfusion scintigraphy and is part of the study in the evaluation of pulmonary thromboembolism. We wanted to highlight the utilities of 99mTc MAA other than pulmonary embolism as a pictorial assay. 99mTc MAA is a very useful radiopharmaceutical, which can be used for many other indications apart from the commonly used indication of lung perfusion scan in pulmonary embolism. It can provide useful clinical information in other indications, which we try to highlight in this article

  17. Successful treatment of massive pulmonary embolism with prolonged catheter-directed thrombolysis.

    Kelly, Peter

    2012-02-03

    This is a case report of a young woman who presented with an extensive pulmonary embolism and echocardiographic evidence of right ventricular dysfunction. Although hemodynamically stable, the patient\\'s clinical condition failed to improve with standard heparin anticoagulation. Successful local catheter-directed thrombolysis was performed over an extended period of 48 h with regular monitoring of response to therapy by computed tomography-pulmonary angiography and echocardiography. To our knowledge, treatment of a pulmonary embolism by catheter-directed thrombolytic infusion over an extended period of 48 h has not previously been described.

  18. 急性高危肺栓塞介入取栓、溶栓中应用 r-tPA 与尿激酶溶栓时间及疗效比较%Comparison of curative effect and thrombolysis time between r-tPA application and urokinase in the interventional thrombectomy and thrombolysis for acute and severe pulmonary embolism

    冯琦琛; 李选; 董国祥; 傅军; 王昌明

    2014-01-01

    Objective:To study the influence of r-tPA and urokinase in curative effect and thrombolysis time on patients with acute and severe pulmonary embolism after interventional thrombectomy .Methods:After reviewing and analyzing the clinical data of 19 acute and severe pulmonary embolism patients , we classified them into two groups in accordance with the application of r-tPA and urokinase to compare the changes of their heart rate , blood pressure , pulmonary arterial pressure , arterial partial pressure of oxygen and hemachrome before and after thrombolysis , as well as the thrombolysis effect time the two groups took.Results: The heart rate, blood pressure, pulmonary arterial pressure , arterial partial pressure of oxygen of the patients in both groups gained remarkable improvement after operation ( P0.05); the pulmonary arterial pressure of the urokinase patient group dropped significantly compared with that study before operation ( P0 .05 );the thrombolysis effect time by adop-ting r-tPA was remarkably shorter than that caused in thrombolysis by adopting urokinase ( P<0 .05 ) . Conclusion: Both r-tPA and urokinase are effective in interventional thrombolysis for acute and severe pulmonary embolism .However , r-tPA could significantly shorten the time caused in thrombolysis without increasing any bleeding risk.%目的:探讨急性高危型肺栓塞患者经介入取栓后,应用r-tPA和尿激酶行介入溶栓治疗,对疗效和溶栓时间的影响。方法:回顾性分析19例急性高危型肺栓塞患者的临床资料,根据其应用r-tPA或尿激酶行介入溶栓分为两组,比较两组间溶栓前后心率、血压、肺动脉压、动脉血氧分压和血红蛋白的变化,以及两组的溶栓时间。结果:各组患者术前和术后心率、血压、动脉血氧分压均有明显改善(P<0.05);应用r-tPA组患者术后肺动脉压较术前有所降低,但差异无统计学意义(P>0.05),应用尿激酶组患者术

  19. A comparative analysis of pulmonary ventilation-perfusion imaging with helical CT pulmonary angiography in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

    Objective: To assess the value of radionuclide pulmonary ventilation-perfusion imaging, helical CT pulmonary angiography (HCTPA) and D-dimer assay in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE). Methods: Forty-two patients with clinically suspected PE were studied, male: female=26:16, mean age was (49.18 ± 16.56) years. All the patients underwent radionuclide pulmonary ventilation-perfusion imaging, HCTPA and D-dimer assay. The lower extremity deep vein imaging was performed on 32 patients. Results: Of the 42 patients, 34 patients were clinically diagnosed with PE. The sensitivity , accuracy and positive predictive rate of diagnosis of PE by pulmonary ventilation-perfusion imaging was 94.12%, 90.48%, 94.12%. The sensitivity, accuracy and positive predictive rate of diagnosis of PE by HCTPA was 85.29%, 83.33%, 93.55%. The sensitivity, accuracy and positive predictive rate of diagnosis of PE by D-dimer assay was 52.94%, 57.14%, 90.00%. Of the 32 patients with lower extremity deep vein imaging, 20 patients were found with deep vein thrombosis. Conclusions: Radionuclide pulmonary ventilation-perfusion imaging is one of the most valuable methods in the diagnosis of PE, and it is non-injury, safe, simple to use. The capacity of radionuclide pulmonary imaging in diagnosis of subsegmental PE is higher than that of HCTPA. (authors)

  20. Use of /sup 81m/Kr for diagnosis of pulmonary embolism and for assessment of cerebral perfusion

    Continuous inhalation of krypton-81m provides functional images of pulmonary ventilation in multiple views. These can be obtained without cooperation on the part of the patient and in the same session on a technetium-99m perfusion scan. Multiple view ventilation-perfusion study is routinely used for the differential diagnosis of acute pulmonary disorders. In pulmonary embolism, multiple segmental defects on the perfusion scan are associated with a normal ventilation. Parenchymal lung disease and bronchitis share matching defects of both perfusion and ventilation. Continuous carotid infusion of /sup 81m/Kr affords an assessment of cerebral perfusion. The association of carotid infusion of /sup 81m/Kr in single-photon emission computerized tomography provides a tridimensional assessment of brain blood flow, which can be displayed in horizontal, sagittal, or frontal sections

  1. Comparison between scintiscanning and pulmonary angiography in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

    In the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism, radio-isotope scanning is specific when it reveals complete absence of focal, lobar or segmental perfusion. Diffuse reductions in perfusion cannot be considered significant except in patients with healthy heart and lungs. Radio-isotope scanning shows up well peripheral emboli. Angiography provides definite evidence when it shows up intravascular lacunae or definite vascular obstructions, the diagnosis is probable when localised hypovascularisation or asymmetric vascularisation are found. Angiocardiography and pulmonary scintiscanning are neither contrary nor comparable. Radio-isotope scanning is simpler and less dangerous perhaps and may always be carried out. When it is normal, it eliminates definitely the necessity for angiography the results of which are still morphological

  2. Chronic pulmonary embolism - radiological imaging and differential diagnosis; Chronische Lungenembolie - Radiologische Bildmorphologie und Differenzialdiagnose

    Coppenrath, E.; Herzog, P.; Attenberger, U.; Reiser, M. [Klinikum Innenstadt der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Institut fuer Klinische Radiologie, Muenchen (Germany)

    2007-08-15

    In chronic pulmonary embolism branches of the pulmonary arterial tree remain partially or totally occluded. This may lead to pulmonary hypertension with the development of right ventricular hypertrophy as well as structural changes of pulmonary arteries. Imaging of chronic pulmonary embolism should prove vessel occlusions (pulmonary angiography, MSCT, MRI) and reduction of regional lung perfusion (lung scanning, MSCT, MRI). According to current guidelines ventilation-perfusion lung scanning and pulmonary angiography are still recommended as the methods of choice. MSCT and MRI provide technical alternatives which are helpful in differential diagnosis versus other types of pulmonary hypertension. In spite of medical and surgical measures (in rare cases pulmonary thromboendarterectomy) the prognosis of chronic pulmonary embolism remains unfavourable. (orig.) [German] Bei der chronischen Lungenembolie sind Abschnitte der arteriellen Lungenstrombahn dauerhaft verschlossen. Dies kann zu einer Erhoehung des pulmonal-arteriellen Drucks mit den Folgen einer Rechtsherzbelastung und strukturellen Veraenderungen der Pulmonalarterien fuehren. Bildmorphologisch nachzuweisen sind Gefaessverschluesse (Pulmonalisangiographie, MSCT, MRT) und die Minderperfusion des Lungenparenchyms (Szintigraphie, MSCT, MRT). Nach den bisherigen Empfehlungen gelten fuer die Diagnostik der chronischen Lungenembolie die Lungenszintigraphie (Ventilation/Perfusion) und die Pulmonalisangiographie als Methoden der ersten Wahl. Die MSCT und MRT (Angiographie/Perfusion) stellen technische Alternativen dar. Differenzialdiagnostisch sind andere Formen der pulmonalen Hypertonie abzugrenzen. Trotz medikamentoeser und chirurgischer Therapiemassnahmen (z. B. pulmonale Thrombendarterektomie) bleibt die Prognose der chronischen Lungenembolie unguenstig. (orig.)

  3. Risk factors for mortality in patients with septic pulmonary embolism.

    Oh, Hong Geun; Cha, Seung-Ick; Shin, Kyung-Min; Lim, Jae-Kwang; Kim, Hyun Jung; Yoo, Seung-Soo; Lee, Jaehee; Lee, Shin-Yup; Kim, Chang-Ho; Park, Jae-Yong

    2016-08-01

    Data regarding prognostic factors for patients with septic pulmonary embolism (SPE) are lacking. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the clinical features of SPE and to ascertain the risk factors for mortality in patients with this condition. Patients with SPE, whose data were retrospectively collected from a tertiary referral center in Korea, were categorized by the presence or absence of in-hospital death into two groups: death and survival groups. The two groups were compared for clinical and radiologic parameters. SPE was community-acquired in most patients (78%). The most common focus of primary infection was that of bone, joint, or soft tissue (33%), followed by liver abscess (17%). The in-hospital mortality was 12%. Multivariate analysis showed that tachypnea (odds ratio [OR] 4.73, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.09-20.53, p = 0.038) and segmental or lobar consolidation on computed tomography (CT) scan (OR 10.79, 95% CI 2.51-46.43, p = 0.001) were independent predictors of in-hospital death in SPE patients. Taken together, the primary infectious foci of SPE in Korea are different from those reported in Western countries. Tachypnea and segmental or lobar consolidation on CT scan may be independent risk factors for in-hospital death in these patients. PMID:27346380

  4. Pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis after spinal surgery

    The incidence of pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in 36 patients after lumbar spinal surgery was investigated. Anterior spinal fusion (ASF) had been performed in 6 cases, fenestration in 20 cases, and posterior interbody fusion (PLIF) in 10 cases. Fenestration and PLIF were performed in the prone position. PE was diagnosed by lung perfusion scans, and DVT on the basis of clinical signs. The blood gas analysis data and serum thrombin anti-thrombin III complex (TAT) and D-dimer levels were examined following surgery. PE and symptomatic DVT had occurred in each 2 cases (5.6%). Although PE cases were asymptomatic, the PaO2 level decreased 20% on postoperative day 7, and D-dimer was significant increased on postoperative day 14. It should be noted that PE and DVT are not very rare after spinal surgery, and it is important to diagnose them earlier and to prevent them. Blood gas analysis and determination of D-dimer levels after spinal surgery are useful for early detection of PE. (author)

  5. Electroconvulsive therapy and anticoagulation after pulmonary embolism: a case report

    Julio Cesar Lazaro

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT is considered the most effective treatment for catatonia regardless its underlying condition. The rigid fixed posture and immobility observed in catatonia may lead to several clinical complications, of which, pulmonary embolism (PE is one of the most severe. The rapid improvement of the psychiatric condition in catatonia-related PE is essential, since immobility favors the occurrence of new thromboembolic events and further complications. In that scenario, ECT should be considered, based on a risk-benefit analysis, aiming at the faster resolution of the catatonia. Methods Case report and literature review. Results A 66-years-old woman admitted to the psychiatric ward with catatonia due to a depressive episode presented bilateral PE. Clinically stable, but still severely depressed after a trial of antidepressants, she was treated with ECT in the course of full anticoagulation with enoxaparin. After five ECT sessions, her mood was significantly better and she was walking and eating spontaneously. She did not present complications related either to PE or to anticoagulation. After the eighth ECT session, she evolved with hypomania, which was managed with oral medication adjustments. The patient was completely euthymic at discharge. Conclusion The case we presented provides further evidence to the anecdotal case reports on the safety of ECT in the course of concomitant full anticoagulant therapy after PE, and illustrates how, with the proper precautions, the benefits of ECT in such condition might outweigh its risks.

  6. Pulmonary embolism. Clinical relevance, requirements for diagnostic and therapeutic strategies; Lungenembolie. Klinische Bedeutung, Anforderung an die Diagnostik und Behandlungsoptionen

    Nowak, F.G.; Halbfass, P.; Hoffmann, E. [Herzzentrum Muenchen-Bogenhausen, Staedtisches Klinikum Muenchen GmbH, Klinik fuer Kardiologie und Internistische Intensivmedizin, Muenchen (Germany)

    2007-08-15

    In the population the annual incidence of pulmonary embolism amounts to 1.3-2.8 per 1000 at the age of 65-89 years. Mortality reaches about 17% within the first 3 months. Acute pulmonary embolism is characterized by an increase in pulmonary arterial pressure and an impairment of the pulmonary gas exchange. Elevation of the right cardiac pressure up to right heart decompensation may follow. In addition, hypoxemia, hyperventilation, dead space ventilation, right to left shunting, bronchoconstriction, and vasoconstriction may occur. Clinical examination, ECG, laboratory findings such as elevated D-dimer, blood gas analysis, ultrasound examination of the veins of the lower extremities, and transthoracic echocardiography are acutely available diagnostic methods of an emergency department. In addition, extensive diagnostic procedures like pulmonary scintigraphy and pulmonary angiography may be required. The aim is to get a definite diagnosis as quickly as possible to direct therapy. In acute pulmonary embolism with cardiac shock, monitoring and stabilization of the circulatory function as well as an appropriate anticoagulant therapy are essential. In some cases surgery or a local fibrinolytic intervention is indicated. (orig.) [German] Die Lungenembolie stellt eine potenziell lebensbedrohliche akute Erkrankung dar, deren Prognose durch die fruehzeitige Diagnostik und effektive gerinnungshemmende Therapie bestimmt wird. Die jaehrliche Inzidenz der Lungenembolie liegt zwischen 1,3-2,8/1000 Einwohner im Alter zwischen 65 und 89 Jahren. Die Mortalitaet einer akuten Lungenembolie erreicht etwa 17% innerhalb der ersten 3 Monate. Die akute Lungenembolie ist durch Erhoehung des pulmonalarteriellen Drucks mit Stoerung des Gasaustauschs und Anstieg des Drucks im rechten Herzen bis hin zur Rechtsherzdekompensation gekennzeichnet. Weitere Folgen sind Hypoxaemie, Hyperventilation, Totraumventilation, Rechts-links-Shunt und Broncho- sowie auch Vasokonstriktion. Anamnese und klinische

  7. Bronchial Artery Embolization in the Management of Pulmonary Parenchymal Endometriosis with Hemoptysis

    Pulmonary parenchymal endometriosis is extremely rare and usually manifests itself with a recurrent hemoptysis associated with the menstrual cycle. The therapies proposed for women with endometriosis consist of medical treatments and surgery. Bronchial artery embolization has become a well-established and minimally invasive treatment modality for hemoptysis, and to the best of our knowledge, it has not been reported in pulmonary endometriosis. We report a case of pulmonary parenchymal endometriosis treated with embolotheraphy for hemoptysis.

  8. Post-traumatic pulmonary embolism in the intensive care unit

    Mabrouk Bahloul

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To determine the predictive factors, clinical manifestations, and the outcome of patients with post-traumatic pulmonary embolism (PE admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU. Methods: During a four-year prospective study, a medical committee of six ICU physicians prospectively examined all available data for each trauma patient in order to classify patients according to the level of clinical suspicion of pulmonary thromboembolism. During the study period, all trauma patients admitted to our ICU were classified into two groups. The first group included all patients with confirmed PE; the second group included patients without clinical manifestations of PE. The diagnosis of PE was confirmed either by a high-probability ventilation/perfusion (V/Q scan or by a spiral computed tomography (CT scan showing one or more filling defects in the pulmonary artery or its branches. Results: During the study period, 1067 trauma patients were admitted in our ICU. The diagnosis of PE was confirmed in 34 patients (3.2%. The mean delay of development of PE was 11.3 ± 9.3 days. Eight patients (24% developed this complication within five days of ICU admission. On the day of PE diagnosis, the clinical examination showed that 13 patients (38.2% were hypotensive, 23 (67.7% had systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS, three (8.8% had clinical manifestations of deep venous thrombosis (DVT, and 32 (94% had respiratory distress requiring mechanical ventilation. In our study, intravenous unfractionated heparin was used in 32 cases (94% and low molecular weight heparin was used in two cases (4%. The mean ICU stay was 31.6 ± 35.7 days and the mean hospital stay was 32.7 ± 35.3 days. The mortality rate in the ICU was 38.2% and the in-hospital mortality rate was 41%. The multivariate analysis showed that factors associated with poor prognosis in the ICU were the presence of circulatory failure (Shock (Odds ratio (OR = 9.96 and thrombocytopenia (OR = 32

  9. Transcatheter arterial embolization for control of hemoptysis in pulmonary tuberculosis: analysis of prognostic factors

    To evaluate the effectiveness of transcatheter arterial embolization(TAE) and the relationship between therapeutic effect and prognostic factors after this procedure. Fifty-five patients with hemoptysis caused by pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) underwent TAE. We reviewed medical records of the history and activity of pulmonary TB, and the extent of treatment, and assessed plain chest PA for the extent of lesions;we also evaluated the angiographic findings of embolized arteries, and embolic agents. The initial success rate, as shown by immediate response, and recurrence during follow-up, were then observed. Using the Chi-square test, differences in these findings were analysed. Immediate control of hemoptysis was achieved in 46 of 55 patients(84%);24 of 46(52.2%), experienced recurrence. Initial failure and partial response rates were higher in patients with active pulmonary TB(p<0.05) than in those in whom the condition was inactive. The recurrence rate was higher among those who had pulmonary TB for between one and ten years (p<0.05). There was, however, no significant correlation between therapeutic effect and the extent of anti-TB treatment, the extent of lesions seen on plain chest PA, angiographic findings, embolized arteries, and embolic agents. The initial success rate of TAE was 84% and the recurrence rate was as high as 52.2%. Both activity and duration of pulmonary TB were prognostic factors in immediate response and recurrence.=20

  10. Pulmonary embolism as a cause of cardiac arrest: Hypothermia in post-resuscitation period (cooling therapy

    Niković Vuk

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Pulmonary embolism as a possible cause of acute heart failure is a potentially fatal condition that can cause death in all age groups. Patients successfully resuscitated after cardiac arrest have a high risk of increased mortality and their poor long­term outcome is often associated with severe neurological complications. Case Outline. This is a case report of a 67­year­old man after a successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR which was followed by therapeutic hypothermia (TH. The patient visited the dermatological outpatients’ department with clinical presentation of pain and swelling of the right leg, shortness of breath and chest pain. During examination the patient lost consciousness, stopped breathing and had cardiac arrest. ECG was done which registered asystole. We began CPR. After 59 minutes of resuscitation return of heartbeat was achieved. The patient was transported to the Emergency Department. On admission, after computerized tomography (CT of the chest confirmed massive pulmonary embolism (PE, the patient was administered thrombolytic therapy with Metalyse (tenecteplase and anti­coagulation therapy (heparin. After stabilization, therapeutic hypothermia was applied. Combination of EMCOOLSpad on the chest and abdomen and cold Ringer lactate 500 ml at 4°C was flushed. Temperature was decreased to 33°C and kept stabile for 24 hours. After eight days the patient was conscious with a minimal neurological deficit. Conclusion. As shown in this case report, and according to the rich experience elsewhere, cooling therapy after out­of­hospital cardiac arrest and successful CRP may be useful in preventing neurological complications.

  11. Embolization of pulmonary AVMs of feeding arteries less than 3 mm

    Andersen, Poul Erik; Kjeldsen, Anette Drøhse

    2012-01-01

    Pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) with feeding arteries of 3 mm or more have been shown to be associated with paradoxical embolization and serious neurologic complications. Therefore it is generally recommended to occlude feeding arteries of this size, while smaller feeding arteries....... Further, it is well-known that with time PAVMs and their feeding arteries may enlarge. Also, embolization of small feeding arteries will minimize the risk of paradoxical emboli and reduce the need for CT follow-up controls in these patients. Two cases demonstrate the possibility to embolize small feeding...

  12. Embolization of a PORT-A-CATH device in the main pulmonary artery and its percutaneous extraction in a patient with pinch-off syndrome.

    Çilingiroğlu, Mehmet; Akkuş, Nuri lker

    2012-03-01

    Totally implanted port devices play an important role in acute and chronic medical care of patients with various conditions and are widely used for infusion of fluids, medications, blood or other blood products, and for monitoring hemodynamic parameters. Embolization of a part of port devices is a rare but potentially serious complication of port catheter placement. We report distal embolization of a catheter fragment of a PORT-A-CATH device into the main pulmonary artery and right ventricle and its successful percutaneous retrieval in a patient with metastatic lung cancer, who was also found to have thoracic inlet syndrome or pinch-off syndrome. PMID:22710588

  13. Studies of ventilation and perfusion in rabbits with experimental pulmonary embolism

    Ventilation and perfusion studies were performed on 38 experimental rabbits with multiple pulmonary emboli. These embolic materials were human thrombin, lipiodol ultrafluide, gelfoam fragments, ivalon fragments, iron powder and VX-2 cancer. Immediately after the embolization, Xe-133 washout study was begun with the intravenous injection of dissolved xenon. Thereafter, perfusion images were obtained using Tc-99m albumin microspheres (7 to 25μm in diameter). When Xe-133 gas was used, the ventilation study consisting of single-breath, equilibrium after 2.5 minutes and sequential washout images, was carried out in the rabbits. Perfusion scintigrams after embolization showed multiple segmental and subsegmental defects of blood flow to the embolic regions within the both lungs. Xe-133 ventilation images showed homogeneous washout. These thromboemboli had almost disappeared perfusion scintigraphically at 24 hours after embolization. However, in a rabbit after embolization with ivalon fragments mixed with iron powders, a lobar defect in the anterior lobe of the left lung persisted perfusion scintigraphically after 24 hours. Xe- 133 washout from the nonperfused area was considerably prolonged at 20 minutes after embolization. In rabbits after diffuse pulmonary oily microembolization, the washout studies after equilibrium breathing of xenon gas showed remarkable delay in clearing the gas from the whole lung. The perfusion images revealed the fissure sign as a linear area of decreased radioactivity which corresponds to the interlobar fissure. (author)

  14. Postoperative Massive Pulmonary Embolism Due to Superficial Vein Thrombosis of the Upper Limb

    Cascella, Marco; Viscardi, Daniela; Bifulco, Francesca; Cuomo, Arturo

    2016-01-01

    It is well known that deep vein thrombosis of the upper extremities is linked to high morbidity/mortality, resulting in 12-20% of all documented pulmonary embolism; however, there are few data about thromboembolism originating from a vein and/or a branch of a superficial vein of the upper extremities. Pulmonary embolism secondary to upper limb superficial vein thrombosis (not combined with upper extremities deep vein thrombosis) is a very rare clinical manifestation with few cases reported in the literature. We report a rare case of thrombophlebitis in departure from a superficial branch of the cephalic vein of the right arm, complicated by cardiac arrest secondary to a massive pulmonary embolism in a patient who underwent major surgery for ovarian cancer. We discuss on the numerous thrombotic risk factors, triggering a cascade of reactions and resulting in a potential fatal clinical manifestation. PMID:26985256

  15. Acute exacerbations and pulmonary hypertension in advanced idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

    Judge, Eoin P

    2012-07-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the risk factors for and outcomes of acute exacerbations in patients with advanced idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), and to examine the relationship between disease severity and neovascularisation in explanted IPF lung tissue. 55 IPF patients assessed for lung transplantation were divided into acute (n=27) and non-acute exacerbation (n=28) groups. Haemodynamic data was collected at baseline, at the time of acute exacerbation and at lung transplantation. Histological analysis and CD31 immunostaining to quantify microvessel density (MVD) was performed on the explanted lung tissue of 13 transplanted patients. Acute exacerbations were associated with increased mortality (p=0.0015). Pulmonary hypertension (PH) at baseline and acute exacerbations were associated with poor survival (p<0.01). PH at baseline was associated with a significant risk of acute exacerbations (HR 2.217, p=0.041). Neovascularisation (MVD) was significantly increased in areas of cellular fibrosis and significantly decreased in areas of honeycombing. There was a significant inverse correlation between mean pulmonary artery pressure and MVD in areas of honeycombing. Acute exacerbations were associated with significantly increased mortality in patients with advanced IPF. PH was associated with the subsequent development of an acute exacerbation and with poor survival. Neovascularisation was significantly decreased in areas of honeycombing, and was significantly inversely correlated with mean pulmonary arterial pressure in areas of honeycombing.

  16. A case of recurrent massive pulmonary embolism in Klippel–Trenaunay–Weber syndrome treated with thrombolytics

    Hinesh Upadhyay

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Klippel – Trenaunay – Weber syndrome (KTWS is a congenital condition characterized by a triad of capillary malformations of the skin, soft tissue and bone hypertrophy resulting in limb enlargement, and abnormalities of arteriovenous and lymphatic systems of the affected limb. In this case, we present a patient with KTWS receiving chronic anticoagulation that had a massive pulmonary embolism and was successfully treated with thrombolytic therapy. The purpose of this case is to educate readers about this uncommon condition and to increase awareness, recognition and timely treatment of its most common complications, namely thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

  17. Ventilation-perfusion lung imaging and selective pulmonary angiography in dogs with experimental pulmonary embolism

    To determine the accuracy and limitations of Xe-133 ventilation and Tc-99m perfusion lung images (V-P images) in detecting pulmonary emboli (PE), these studies were performed in 23 dogs after experimental production of PE by a modified Wessler technique. Fourteen of the animals also underwent selective pulmonary angiography. Xenon-133 abnormalities were seen immediately after embolization in two of the 23 animals (8.7 percent). Perfusion images revealed the location of 83 percent of emboli that completely obstructed pulmonary vessels, but only 26 percent of those that partially obstructed flow. Defects were seen with 97 percent of emboli that completely occluded vessels larger than 2.0 mm in diameter, but in only 66 percent of those occluding smaller vessels. Oblique perfusion images provided the only evidence of the perfusion defect associated with five of 88 (5.7 percent) angiographically proven emboli. V-P imaging is a sensitive technique for detecting PE unless the emboli lodge in very small vessels or incompletely obstruct a vessel. Xenon-133 abnormalities occur infrequently following PE, and should not be a common cause for a false-negative V-P match in clinical practice

  18. Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism in a Mountain Guide: Awareness, Diagnostic Challenges, and Management Considerations at Altitude.

    Hull, Claire M; Rajendran, Dévan; Fernandez Barnes, Arturo

    2016-03-01

    High intensity exercise is associated with several potentially thrombogenic risk factors, including dehydration and hemoconcentration, vascular trauma, musculoskeletal injuries, inflammation, long-distance travel, and contraceptive usage. These are well documented in case reports of venous thrombosis in track and field athletes. For mountaineers and those working at high altitude, additional risks exist. However, despite there being a high degree of vigilance for "classic" conditions encountered at altitude (eg, acute mountain sickness, high altitude pulmonary edema, and high altitude cerebral edema), mainstream awareness regarding thrombotic conditions and their complications in mountain athletes is relatively low. This is significant because thromboembolic events (including deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and cerebral vascular thrombosis) are not uncommon at altitude. We describe a case of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in a male mountain guide and discuss the diagnostic issues encountered by his medical practitioners. Potential risk factors affecting blood circulation (eg, seated car travel and compression of popliteal vein) and blood hypercoagulability (eg, hypoxia, environmental and psychological stressors [avalanche risk, extreme cold]) relevant to the subject of this report and mountain athletes in general are identified. Considerations for mitigating and managing thrombosis in addition to personalized care planning at altitude are discussed. The prevalence of thrombosis in mountain athletes is uncharted, but lowlanders increasingly go to high altitude to trek, ski, or climb. Blood clots can and do occur in physically active people, and thrombosis prevention and recognition will demand heightened awareness among participants, healthcare practitioners, and the altitude sport/leisure industry at large. PMID:26723546

  19. Post-operative Unexpected Bilateral Massive Pulmonary Embolism in a Thirty-Year-Old Woman: A Case Report

    Öznur Şen

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary embolism (PE is a rare, yet serious complication. That, generally follows invasive procedures in adults. The present report details the case of bilateral pulmonary embolism in a thirty-year-old women after ovarian cyst surgery. A thirty-year-old female patient, who had ovarian cystectomy ten days previously, consulted the emergency department with the complaints of sickness and syncope. Her blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate were 90/40 mmHg, 150/min. and 35/min, respectively. During examination and phlebotomy, she had a cardiac arrest and responded to a 3-minute cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR with tracheal intubation. During imaging procedures, she had three further cardiac arrests and was admitted to the intensive care unit. The preliminary diagnoses were acute renal failure (ARF and PE. Fluid replacement, inotropic support, anticoagulant therapies, as well as sedation to prevent brain damage were started immediately. Thrombolytic therapy was not attempted because she had surgery ten days ago and hematoma was observed on abdominal ultrasound. Inhaled nitric oxide and inhaled iloprost with sildenafil were employed to reduce pulmonary hypertension. When discharged 136 days after hospitalization she was a tracheotomized and, spontaneously breathing home care patient with hypoxic brain injury. Early detection and treatment of PE are of great importance for a good prognosis and prevention of life-threatening complications.

  20. Pulmonary embolism in congenital bleeding disorders: intriguing discrepancies among different clotting factors deficiencies.

    Girolami, Antonio; Cosi, Elisabetta; Tasinato, Valentina; Peroni, Edoardo; Girolami, Bruno; Lombardi, Anna Maria

    2016-07-01

    Pulmonary embolism is a complication of deep vein thrombosis. It occurs in the population with a normal clotting mechanism, but it may also occur in patients with congenital bleeding conditions. Here, we report on all cases of pulmonary embolism in congenital hemorrhagic disorders. All reported cases of pulmonary embolism in congenital coagulation disorders have been gathered by a time-unlimited PubMed search. Cross-checking of the references listed at the end of the single papers was carried out to avoid omissions. Seventy-two patients had an objectively demonstrated pulmonary embolism. The event occurred in patients with fibrinogen, factor V, factor VIII (FVII), FVIII, FIX, and FXI deficiency, and in those with von Willebrand's disease. No embolism was reported in FII, factor X, and FXIII deficiency. Thirty were women and 28 were men, whereas in the remaining 14 cases, sex was not reported. Age varied from 6 to 81 years (mean age 34.3 years). The management varied from only supportive to the administration of unfractionated heparin, low-molecular-weight heparin, and anti-vitamin K medications, accompanied by adequate replacement therapy. Evolution was fair or good in the majority of cases, but there were 10 fatalities. Risk factors were present in 61 patients. The most frequent of these were replacement therapy (35 cases), surgery (34), and old age (13). Some patients had more than one risk factor. Eleven patients had no risk factors. There are discrepancies in the prevalence of pulmonary embolism among different clotting disorders. The conditions most frequently affected are FVII deficiency and fibrinogen defects. The significance of the findings is discussed. PMID:26829362

  1. Lung scanning after massive pulmonary embolism in thoracic surgery: reverse flow phenomena

    After thoracotomy, the pulmonary circulation on the operated side is definitely reduced for several weeks. All lung scans carried out during this post-operative period thus show marked asymmetry between the two lungs. The pulmonary blood flow is then much greater in the healthy lung compared with the operated lung where hypoventilation increases vascular resistance. When pulmonary embolism occurs, two abnormalities are noted: amputation of part of the lung field on the healthy side and, paradoxically, normal activity on operated side. After treatment with Urokinase (3 cases) the previous findings were restored. The embolic area disappeared and the operated lung became less marked. Under heparin therapy (2 cases) the phenomenon was more prolonged in time. This inversion of the vascular distribution for which the term of reverse flow has been proposed, shows the purely functional character of certain changes in pulmonary scans

  2. Computerized detection of pulmonary embolism in computed tomographic pulmonary angiography (CTPA): improvement of vessel segmentation

    Zhou, Chuan; Chan, Heang-Ping; Kuriakose, Jean W.; Chughtai, Aamer; Hadjiiski, Lubomir M.; Wei, Jun; Patel, Smita; Kazerooni, Ella A.

    2011-03-01

    Vessel segmentation is a fundamental step in an automated pulmonary embolism (PE) detection system. The purpose of this study is to improve the segmentation scheme for pulmonary vessels affected by PE and other lung diseases. We have developed a multiscale hierarchical vessel enhancement and segmentation (MHES) method for pulmonary vessel tree extraction based on the analysis of eigenvalues of Hessian matrices. However, it is difficult to segment the pulmonary vessels accurately when the vessel is occluded by PEs and/or surrounded by lymphoid tissues or lung diseases. In this study, we developed a method that combines MHES with level set refinement (MHES-LSR) to improve vessel segmentation accuracy. The level set was designed to propagate the initial object contours to the regions with relatively high gray-level, high gradient, and high compactness as measured by the smoothness of the curvature along vessel boundaries. Two and eight CTPA scans were randomly selected as training and test data sets, respectively. Forty volumes of interest (VOI) containing "representative" vessels were manually segmented by a radiologist experienced in CTPA interpretation and used as reference standard. The results show that, for the 32 test VOIs, the average percentage volume error relative to the reference standard was improved from 31.7+/-10.9% using the MHES method to 7.7+/-4.7% using the MHES-LSR method. The correlation between the computer-segmented vessel volume and the reference standard was improved from 0.954 to 0.986. The accuracy of vessel segmentation was improved significantly (p<0.05). The MHES-LSR method may have the potential to improve PE detection.

  3. Pulmonary embolism in intensive care unit: Predictive factors, clinical manifestations and outcome

    Bahloul Mabrouk; Chaari Anis; Kallel Hatem; Abid Leila; Hamida Chokri Ben; Dammak Hassen; Rekik Noureddine; Mnif Jameleddine; Chelly Hedi; Bouaziz Mounir

    2010-01-01

    Objective : To determine predictive factors, clinical and demographics characteristics of patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) in ICU, and to identify factors associated with poor outcome in the hospital and in the ICU. Methods : During a four-year prospective study, a medical committee of six ICU physicians prospectively examined all available data for each patient in order to classify patients according to the level of clinical suspicion of pulmonary thromboembolism. During the study...

  4. Low attenuation on high resolution computed tomography in pulmonary embolism: an experimental study in pigs

    To evaluate the incidence and type of low attenuation seen on high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) performed after artificially included pulmonary embolism. Using permanent embolic materials, pulmonary embolism was induced in ten Yorkshire pigs. Pre- and postembolic pulmonary angiography was performed, and HRCT was performed immediately and 1, 3, and 6 weeks after embolization. The incidence and type of low attenuation of all segments, as seen on HRCT, was evaluated. Low attenuation was classified as mottled, lobular, segmental, or peripheral. The pigs were sacrified after 6 weeks and contact radiographs were obtained. Low attenuation developed in eight of ten pigs. Pulmonary angiography revealed arterial occlusion in 15 large and 19 small segmental arteries (34 of 45 segments). In the remaining 11 segments, follow-up HRCT demonstrated areas of low attenuation. This was present in 25 of 35 segments (71%) as seen on HRCT images obtained immediately; in 16 of 41 segments (39%) on images obtained 1 week after embolization; in 17 of 41 segments (41%) on those acquired at 3 weeks; and in 25 of 45 segments (56%) on those acquired at 6 weeks. The overall incidence of low attenuation was 83/166 (50%). The types of low attenuation were mottled in 32/83 cases, lobular in 13/83, segmental in 13/83, and peripheral in 25/83. In large segmental arterial occlusion, the incidence of low attenuation on HRCT was 100% immediately, 57% at 1 week, 60% at 3 weeks, and 80% at 6 weeks. In small segmental arterial occlusion, the incidence was 47%, 25%, 11%, and 21% respectively. The overall incidence of low attenuation was 40/55 (73%) in large segmental arterial occlusion and 18/71 (25%) in small segmental arterial occlusion. Low attenuation on HRCT is a finding of pulmonary embolism and is more common on HRCT performed immediately after embolization (71%) and in large segmental arterial occlusion (73%). Low attenuation on HRCT is an ancillary finding and may be useful in the

  5. Detection of pulmonary embolism with combined ventilation-perfusion SPECT and low-dose CT: head-to-head comparison with multidetector CT angiography

    Gutte, Henrik; Mortensen, Jann; Jensen, Claus Verner;

    2009-01-01

    The diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) is usually established by a combination of clinical assessment, D-dimer testing, and imaging with either pulmonary ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy or pulmonary multidetector CT (MDCT) angiography. Both V/Q SPECT and MDCT angiography seem to have...... prospective design, the diagnostic ability of V/Q SPECT, V/Q SPECT combined with low-dose CT, and pulmonary MDCT angiography obtained simultaneously using a combined SPECT/MDCT scanner in patients suspected of having PE. METHODS: Consecutive patients from June 2006 to February 2008 suspected of having acute...... greater than 2 were included and underwent V/Q SPECT, low-dose CT, and pulmonary MDCT angiography in a single session. Patient follow-up was 6 mo. RESULTS: A total of 81 simultaneous studies were available for analysis, of which 38% were from patients with PE. V/Q SPECT had a sensitivity of 97% and a...

  6. 心肌型脂肪酸结合蛋白对血流动力学稳定的急性肺栓塞患者近期预后的预测价值%Value of Heart Fatty Acid Binding Protein in Predicting the Recent Prognosis of Acute Pulmonary Embolism Patients with Stable Hemodynamics

    何磊; 魏庆民

    2012-01-01

    To evaluate the predictive value of heart - type fatty acid - binding protein ( H - FABP ) for the recent prognosis of acute pulmonary embolism patients with stable hemodynamics. Methods Totally 102 patients with MDCT pulmonary artery imaging - confirmed acute pulmonary embolism were enrolled in this study. Patients were divided into two groups according to the serum H - FABP levels: positive groups ( H - FABP ≥10 μg/L, n = 26 ) and negative groups ( H -FABP<10 μg/L, n=76). The symptoms, signs, blood gas profiles, and echocardiography results were recorded and com-pared between these two groups, Furthermore, the major adverse events such as mechanical ventilation and death were also coin-pared. Results The incidences of dyspnea, cyanosis, engorgement of the neck veins, and P2 hyperthyroidism were significantly different between H - FABP positive group and negative group ( P < 0. 05 ). Significant differences were found in terms of PaO2, PaCO2, andP(A-a) O2 (P<0. 05). Indicators for the right ventricular function including the diameter of right ventricle, pulmonary artery pressure, and right ventricular wall motion also showed significant differences ( P < 0. 05 ). The incidences of syncope, shock, right heart dysfunction, fihrinolytic therapy, and mechanical ventilation in the positive group were much higher than those in negative group. Conclusion Plasma H - FABP level can distinguish RV dysfunction to some degree in acute pulmonary embolism patients. Increased H - FABP level predicts poor prognosis and therefore is useful for risk stratification in patients with acute pulmonary embolism.%目的 评价心肌型脂肪酸结合蛋白(H-FABP)对血流动力学稳定的急性肺栓塞(APE)患者近期预后的预测价值.方法 选取2009年8月-2011年12月我院住院的APE患者共102例,均经过多层螺旋CT肺动脉造影确诊.根据血H-FABP测定值分为两组:阳性组:H-FABP≥10 μg/L(n=26),阴性组:H-FABP<10 μg /L(n=76).比较两组患者的

  7. Embolization of the Vasa Recta in Acute Lower Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage: A Report of Five Cases

    Purpose: To present our preliminary experience in embolization of the vasa recta in acute gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Methods: In four of five patients with acute gastrointestinal hemorrhage superselective embolization of the vasa recta was performed. In one patient in whom superselective catheterization of the bleeding vas rectum was technically impossible, the origin of this vessel was embolized at the level of the terminal arcade. The following embolization materials were used: microcoils and polyvinyl alcohol particles (355-500 μm), n= 2; microcoils only, n= 2; Gelfoam particles, n1. Results: Bleeding was found in two patients in the small bowel (jejunum and ileum) and in three patients in the colon. Immediate hemostasis was achieved in all patients. No signs of ischemia or infarction were observed after intervention. Conclusions: Superselective embolization of the vasa recta proved efficient and safe in our small patient group. Advantages of this technique are reduction of the embolized area to a minimum and direct control of hemostasis

  8. Relative accuracy of two diagnostic schemes for detection of pulmonary embolism by ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy

    Two diagnostic schemes for detection of pulmonary embolism by ventilation-perfusion (V-P) scintigraphy were compared for relative accuracy by two groups of observers interpreting 70 V-P scintiscans. Observers in Group B, who used the criteria recently proposed by Biello et al., had a significantly smaller average number of indeterminate interpretations (41%) than did the observers in Group A (55%), who used a simpler scheme (p less than 0.05). In addition, Group B showed a slight improvement in positive predictive value without a deterioration in the negative predictive value compared with Group A. Along with this improvement in diagnostic performance, Group B achieved a significant reduction in interobserver variability compared with Group A for patients without pulmonary embolism (p less than 0.05). There was no significant difference in interobserver variability between the two groups for patients with pulmonary embolism. The diagnostic scheme introduced by Biello et al. represents a useful improvement for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism by V-P imaging

  9. Gene expression of ANP, BNP and ET-1 in the heart of rats during pulmonary embolism

    Borgwardt, Henrik Gutte; Oxbøl, Jytte; Kristoffersen, Ulrik Sloth; Mortensen, Jann; Kjær, Andreas

    2010-01-01

    Atrial natriuretic petide (ANP), brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) may reflect the severity of right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE). The exact nature and source of BNP, ANP and ET-1 expression and secretion following PE has not...

  10. Use of bisphosphonates and raloxifene and risk of deep venous thromboembolism and pulmonary embolism

    Vestergaard, P; Schwartz, K; Pinholt, E M; Rejnmark, Lars; Mosekilde, Leif

    2010-01-01

    Prior studies have associated raloxifene and strontium ranelate with deep venous thromboembolism and pulmonary embolism. In a cohort study, we observed an increased risk also with the bisphosphonates. However, the increase was present already before the start of bisphosphonates pointing at an...

  11. [Treatment standards of the oral anticoagulant in patients with idiopathic pulmonary embolism].

    Kowalski, Zbigniew; Kowalski, Piotr; Grzegorek, Damian

    2016-08-01

    The optimal and the most effective treatment of pulmonary embolism is still a matter of concern and each day sees a new set of challenges for the world of medicine. The progress, has been made in recent years, improved quality of life and caused much better treatment results. This is difficult issue in patients, receiving anticoagulant therapy, because they require an individual approach and adjustability to the therapeutic possibilities. The benefits of long-term anticoagulant therapy, which decreases relapses of idiopathic venous thromboembolism and diminishes risk of thromboembolic complications, should be taking under consideration. It is still a matter of dispute the time of carrying out of treatment, especially after the first life idiopathic episode of pulmonary embolism. The purpose of this paper is an overview and a summary of the foregoing achievements concerned the standards of idiopathic pulmonary embolism treatment, expecting benefits flowing with using new oral anticoagulants, as an alternative to known for decades Vitamin K antagonist drugs. A lot of information about new oral anticoagulants speaks in favor of their use, but unknown safety of the drugs caused searching the best strategy of pulmonary embolism treatment all the time. PMID:27591448

  12. Clinical and radiological long-term follow-up after embolization of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations

    Andersen, Poul Erik; Kjeldsen, Anette D

    2005-01-01

    The purpose was to evaluate the clinical and radiological long-term results of embolization of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) and to assess the quality of life after treatment. A clinical follow-up was undertaken after 67 months (mean) in 35 consecutive patients with 106 PAVMs...

  13. Lung scintigraphy and helical computed tomography for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism : A meta-analysis

    van Beek, EJR; Brouwers, EMJ; Song, B; Bongaerts, AHH; Oudkerk, M

    2001-01-01

    To assess the diagnostic value of lung scintigraphy and helical computed tomography (hCT) in patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE), all English-language articles that described lung scintigraphy and hCT in patients with suspected PE were retrieved. Articles were assessed for strength of me

  14. Utilization of CT Pulmonary Angiography in Suspected Pulmonary Embolism in a Major Urban Emergency Department

    Adil Shujaat

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. We conducted a study to answer 3 questions: (1 is CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA overutilized in suspected pulmonary embolism (PE? (2 What alternative diagnoses are provided by CTPA? (3 Can CTPA be used to evaluate right ventricular dilatation (RVD? Methods. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical information of 231 consecutive emergency department patients who underwent CTPA for suspected PE over a one-year period. Results. The mean age of our patients was 53 years, and 58.4% were women. The prevalence of PE was 20.7%. Among the 136 patients with low clinical probability of PE, a d-dimer test was done in 54.4%, and it was normal in 24.3%; none of these patients had PE. The most common alternative findings on CTPA were emphysema (7.6%, pneumonia (7%, atelectasis (5.5%, bronchiectasis (3.8%, and congestive heart failure (3.3%. The sensitivity and negative predictive value of CTPA for (RVD was 92% and 80%, respectively. Conclusions. PE could have been excluded without CTPA in ~1 out of 4 patients with low clinical probability of PE, if a formal assessment of probability and d-dimer test had been done. In patients without PE, CTPA did not provide an alternative diagnosis in 65%. In patients with PE, CTPA showed the potential to evaluate RVD.

  15. Pulmonary embolism in intensive care unit: Predictive factors, clinical manifestations and outcome

    Bahloul Mabrouk

    2010-01-01

    factors associated with a poor prognosis in ICU are the use of norepinephrine and epinephrine . Furthermore, factors associated with in-hospital poor outcome in multivariate analysis were a number of organ failure associated with PE ≥ 3. Moreover, comparison between patients with and without pe showed that predictive factors of pe are: acute medical illness, the presence of meningeal hemorrhage, the presence of spine fracture, hypoxemia with PaO 2 /FiO 2 ratio < 300 and the absence of pharmacological prevention of venous thromboembolism. Conclusion : Despite the high frequency of DVT in critically ill patients, symptomatic PE remains not frequently observed, because systematic screening is not performed. Pulmonary embolism is associated with a high ICU and in-hospital mortality rate. Predictive factors of PE are acute medical illness, the presence of meningeal hemorrhage, the presence of spine fracture, hypoxemia with PaO 2 /FiO 2 < 300 and the absence of pharmacological prevention of venous thromboembolism.

  16. Prevalência e preditores de embolia pulmonar em pacientes com insuficiência cardíaca agudamente descompensada Prevalence and predictors of pulmonary embolism in patients with acutely decompensated heart failure

    Luís C. L. Correia

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Não existe descrição da prevalência de Embolia Pulmonar (EP em pacientes internados por quadro clássico de Insuficiência Cardíaca descompensada (IC. OBJETIVO: Em pacientes internados por IC, (1 descrever a prevalência de EP, e (2 avaliar a acurácia diagnóstica dos Escores de Wells e de Genebra. MÉTODOS: Pacientes internados primariamente por IC realizaram sistematicamente cintilografia pulmonar de ventilação/perfusão, sendo EP definida por laudo de alta probabilidade. Para fins de interpretação, definimos baixa probabilidade clínica de EP como prevalência BACKGROUND: The prevalence of pulmonary embolism (PE has not been reported in patients hospitalized due to classical findings of decompensated heart failure (HF. OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence of PE and to assess the diagnostic accuracy of the Wells and Geneva scores in patients hospitalized due to HF. METHODS: Patients hospitalized primarily due to HF underwent systematic ventilation-perfusion lung scan, and PE was defined by a result of high probability. Aiming at interpreting, low clinical probability of PE was defined as prevalence < 5%, according to the literature. When calculating the sample size, 49 patients were required to provide a 95% confidence interval with ±10% accuracy, estimating an a priori prevalence of 15%. RESULTS: Of 51 patients studied, six had a high probability of PE on lung scan, resulting in 12% prevalence (95% CI = 5% - 23%. The Wells and Geneva scores had an area under the ROC curve of 0.53 (95% CI = 0.27 - 0.80; p = 0.80 and 0.43 (95% CI = 0.13 - 0.73; p = 0.56, respectively, indicating lack of accuracy for the diagnosis of PE. Alternatively, variables related to HF showed a tendency towards association with PE, and an exploratory model formed by that type of variable showed diagnostic accuracy for PE (ROC = 0.81; 95% CI = 0.66 - 0.96; p = 0.01. CONCLUSION: (1 Despite the lack of primary suspicion, patients admitted with HF have

  17. Symptomatic pulmonary lipiodol embolism after transarterial chemoembolization for hepatic malignant tumor: clinical presentation and chest imaging findings

    Xu Haifeng; Yang Renjie; Wang Xiaodong; Zhu Xu; Chen Hui

    2014-01-01

    Background Pulmonary lipiodol embolism after transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) was rare and life-threatening,occasionally reported in previous literatures.We aimed to review the records of 11 patients with pulmonary oily embolism and analyze their characteristics of radiographic findings and risk factors.Methods Records of 478 consecutive patients who underwent 1 026 percutaneous TACE procedures were retrospectively analyzed.Eleven cases with respiratory symptoms were identified as having symptomatic pulmonary lipiodol embolism after TACE.Data of these patients,including clinical presentation,techniques of TACE,imaging features of tumor and chest imaging findings,were assessed.Results Eleven (2.3%) of 478 consecutive patients who underwent percutaneous TACE procedures had a pulmonary oily embolism after procedures.The mean size of target tumors embolized was (13.6±2.0) cm.All were hyper-vascular.The mean volume of lipiodol was (21.8±8.2) ml.Pulmonary oily embolisms were revealed within 12-48 hours after TACE.The most severe respiratory symptoms and imaging abnormalities of the eight patients who survived presented between 2 and 5 days after TACE,becoming normal between 12 and 35 days after TACE.Three patients died.Chest CT revealed retention of radiopaque lipiodol in lungs.Conclusions Pulmonary lipiodol embolism occurs easily in patients who have large hyper-vascular hepatic malignant tumor.The high-density lipiodol deposition in the lung field can be used as diagnostic feature.

  18. Acute but not delayed amphetamine treatment improves behavioral outcome in a rat embolic stroke model

    Rasmussen, Rune Skovgaard; Overgaard, Karsten; Kristiansen, Uffe;

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to examine the effects of d-amphetamine (amph) upon recovery after embolic stroke in rats. METHODS: Ninety-three rats were embolized in the right middle cerebral artery and assigned to: (1) controls; (2) combination (acute amph and later amph-facilitate...

  19. Krypton 81m ventilation studies in pulmonary embolic disease. Chapter 10

    Results are presented of 81Krsup(m) ventilation studies carried out on 22 patients suspected of pulmonary embolic disease. All patients showed one or more focal defects of lung perfusion with preserved ventilation, and this was regarded as evidence of pulmonary vascular occlusion. Less than half had a normal distribution of ventilation. Of those with abnormalities, the majority could be accounted for by clinical radiological evidence of abnormalities of lung airways. A small group, however, could have represented bronchial occlusion or narrowing secondary to pulmonary emboli. (author)

  20. Coil Embolization Treatment in Pulmonary Artery Branch Rupture During Swan-Ganz Catheterization

    Rupture of the pulmonary artery or one of its branches during Swan-Ganz catheterization is a complication that is rare but remains fatal in almost 50% of cases. The risk factors and mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of this accident have been widely reported. Management is twofold: resuscitation procedures and specific medical or even surgical treatment. We report a case of pulmonary artery rupture occurring during Swan-Ganz catheterization that was treated by coil embolization. This technique, which is quick and simple to use, would appear to be very promising. This is the first case of successful emergency treatment of pulmonary artery rupture using an endovascular technique

  1. Pulmonary embolism due to cardiac hydatid disease: imaging findings of unusual complication of hydatid cyst

    We report two cases of primary cardiac hydatid cyst in which hydatid materials caused recurrent embolizations in pulmonary arteries and pulmonary parenchyma. Cardiac hydatid cysts may stay asymptomatic for a long time, until they reveal themselves being perforated into cardiac chambers and/or pulmonary artery or systemic circulation. The role of imaging techniques in diagnosis is discussed and the importance of dynamic enhanced CT, MR imaging, and enhanced MR angiography (MRA) is reported. Imaging findings were confirmed by surgery and pathology. Early diagnosis is essential because delayed treatment increases the morbidity and mortality rates. (orig.)

  2. Value of multislice CT for the work-up of pulmonary embolism

    Multislice computed tomography (MSCT) of the pulmonary arteries has overcome the limitations of single-slice CT and is accepted as the sole reference standard for imaging pulmonary embolism (PE) in many institutions. This technique provides the opportunity of efficient risk stratification to enable adequate differential therapy. With a low or intermediate pretest probability and a negative CT angiography (CTA), relevant PE can be ruled out safely. In >30% further diagnoses other than pulmonary embolism, e.g., pneumonia or aortic aneurysm, can be established on the basis of thoracic CTA. This article discusses the present role of MSCT in diagnostic imaging of PE and provides optimized acquisition protocols as well as practical aspects for secondary image reconstruction. Examples of typical imaging features of PE are shown. Diagnostic algorithms for daily emergency practice are discussed with respect to artifacts and pitfalls in image interpretation. (orig.)

  3. Nonthrombotic Pulmonary Embolism: A Potential Complication of Polyacrylamide Hydrogel Cosmetic Injection.

    Inayat, Faisal; Cheema, Ahmad R; Virk, Hafeez Ul Hasan; Yoon, Daniel J; Farooq, Salman; Manan, Abdul

    2016-01-01

    Context. Polyacrylamide hydrogel (PAAG) has gained importance as a synthetic soft tissue filling agent. It has been commonly employed by physicians in Europe for facial contouring and soft tissue augmentation. Previously, PAAG is considered nontoxic and well tolerated with a few mild procedural complications. Case Presentation. A 26-year-old female was hospitalized for dry cough, worsening dyspnea, and chest discomfort after 3 hours of multiple PAAG injections in buttocks. The patient's condition deteriorated and rapidly advanced to acute respiratory failure. Therein, the diagnosis of nonthrombotic pulmonary embolism (NTPE) was established on standard set of investigations. She was intubated; corticosteroid and empiric antibiotic therapy was initiated resulting in improvement of her condition. Subsequently, extubation was done, and she was discharged from the hospital after an uneventful recovery. On 1-month follow-up, the patient had no previous symptoms. Conclusion. This report implicates clinicians to maintain a high index of suspicion for NTPE in patients presenting with respiratory symptoms following PAAG usage. PMID:26884766

  4. Analysis on the Pathogenesis of Symptomatic Pulmonary Embolism with Human Genomics

    Hao Wang, Qianglin Duan, Lemin Wang, Zhu Gong, Aibin Liang, Qiang Wang, Haoming Song, Fan Yang, Yanli Song

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: In the present study, the whole human genome oligo microarray was employed to investigate the gene expression profile in symptomatic pulmonary embolism (PE.METHODS: Twenty patients with PE and 20 age and gender matched patients without PE as controls were enrolled into the present study in the same period. The diagnosis of PE was based on the clinical manifestations and findings on imaging examinations. Acute arterial and/or venous thrombosis was excluded in controls. The whole human genome oligo microarray was employed for detection. Statistical analysis was performed with t test following analysis of very small samples of repeated measurements and Gene Ontology (GO analysis.RESULTS: Genomic data showed no damage to vascular endothelial cells in PE patients. Genomic data only found increased mRNA expression of a small amount of coagulation factors in PE patients. In the PE group, anticoagulant proteins, Fibrinolytic system and proteins related to platelet functions only played partial roles in the pathogenesis of PE. In addition, the mRNA expressions of a fraction of adhesion molecules were markedly up-regulated. Gene Ontology analysis showed the genes with down-regulated expressions mainly explain the compromised T cell immunity. Symptomatic VTE patients have compromised T cell immunity.CONCLUSION: The damage to vascular endothelial cells is not necessary in the pathogenesis of VTE, and only a fraction of factors involved in the shared coagulation cascade are activated. Genomic results may provide a new clue for clinical diagnosis, treatment and prevention of VTE.

  5. A patient with pulmonary embolism and patent foramen ovale. The value of transcranial doppler

    Maria Stougianni

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available SUMMARY: The case is presented of a 46 year-old male, obese and a heavy smoker, who presented with acute dyspnea a few hours after elective arthroscopy of his left knee. He was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU because of severe hypoxaemia, and was started on anticoagulant therapy because of intermediate risk of pulmonary embolism. In view of the refractory hypoxaemia that worsened during intense Valsalva manoeuvre, the suspicion of an intracardiac (interatrial right-to-left shunt was raised, most probably a patent foramen ovale (PFO or atrial septal defect (ASD. In view of the severe hypoxaemia and the anticoagulant therapy, initial assessment with transcranial Doppler (TCD examination with bubble test study was deemed preferable and this confirmed a shunt. Subsequent transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE bubble test assessment demonstrated the presence of a PFO. Recent recommendations favour TCD as the method of choice for detecting PFO because it is non-invasive, cheaper, faster to perform and comparable with TEE in terms of sensitivity and specificity. The introduction of portable ultrasound devices into the everyday hospital routine renders the application of TCD easier for clinicians of various specialties.

  6. CT Findings of Acute Pulmonary Thromboembolism as a Predictor of the Response to Anticoagulant Therapy

    To determine the CT findings of an acute pulmonary thromboembolism for the prediction of response to anticoagulant therapy. Forty-eight patients diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism underwent anticoagulant therapy, and underwent pre- and post-treatment CT scans, were selected to be part of the study. Pre-treatment CT scans were retrospectively reviewed for the number and degree of emboli, right ventricular to left ventricular (RV/LV) diameter ratio, pulmonary arterial to aorta (PA/aorta) diameter ratio, ventricular septal bowing, consolidation, mosaic perfusion, and pleural effusion. The response to anticoagulant therapy was assessed by a change in embolic burden on pre-and post-treatment CT scans. The 48 patients were divided into two groups: good responder and poor responder. The pre-treatment CT findings were compared by group to determine if there were any differences in the CT findings. Thirty patients were categorized as good responders (62.5%) and eighteen patients as poor responders (37.5%). A pleura-based wedge-shaped consolidation was observed in 9 of 18 cases (50%) from the poor responder group and one of 30 (3%) cases from the good responder group. The comparison of the finding by group was found to be significantly different (p<0.001). No other CT findings were significantly different between the good and poor responders. The pre-treatment CT scans of patients with acute pulmonary embolism indicate that pleurabased wedge-shaped consolidations can predict a poor response to anticoagulant therapy

  7. Evaluation of Hemodynamic Changes and Respiratory Physical Findings in Patients with Pulmonary Embolism

    Masome Rabieepour

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE is a potentially fatal disease with nonspecific symptoms and signs. Patients with Pulmonary embolism often have dyspnea, chest pain, haemoptysis, tachycardia tachypnea and respiratory physical finding including hypoxia and decreased ETCO2. Daily patients with Pulmonary embolism are very few in hospital course and we aimed to determine clinical and paraclinical findings in hospital pulmonary embolism patients.Methods: we assessed in hospital course of 104 patients with pulmonary embolism with symptom (dyspnea, chest pain, and hemoptysis and signs (tachypnea, tachycardia, DVT signs, blood pressure and respiratory physical findings (PO2, ETCO2.Results: majority of patients had risk factor for PTE; the most common was cancer. 21.2% of patients had apparent DVT in Doppler sonography. Isolated dyspnea (38%, chest pain with and without hemoptysis (60% and syncope (2% were observed in patients. Mean duration of dyspnea resolution was 3.4 days. Mean duration of chest pain resolution was 1.76 days. Mean duration of hemoptysis resolution was 2 days. 64.4% of the patients were hypoxic and mean duration of hypoxic resolution was 2.63 days. Mean duration of tachycardia resolution was 2.37 days. No relation was observed between size of PTE and mortality or hypotension and PO2. Mean ETCO2 was 23±2 mmHg and 86.5% of patients had ETCO2 lower than 28. Mean duration of ETCO2 resolution was 3.6 days. Most common physical finding that resolved later than others was ETCO2. In 32.7% of patients, ETCO2 did not resolve. Key words: Pulmonary thromboembolism; Tachycardia; Tachypnea; Hemoptysis; Hypoxic; ETCO2 

  8. Asymptomatic Bone Cement Pulmonary Embolism after Vertebroplasty: Case Report and Literature Review

    Girolamo Geraci

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Acrylic cement pulmonary embolism is a potentially serious complication following vertebroplasty. Case Report. A 70-year-old male patient was treated with percutaneous vertebroplasty for osteoporotic nontraumatic vertebral collapse of L5-S1. Asymptomatic pulmonary cement embolism was detected on routine postoperative chest radiogram and the patient was treated with enoxaparin, amoxicillin, and dexamethasone. At the followup CT scan no further migration of any cement material was reported; and the course was uneventful. Discussion. The frequency of local leakage of bone cement is relatively high (about 80–90%, moreover, the rate of cement leakage into the perivertebral veins (seen in up to 24% of vertebral bodies treated with consequent pulmonary cement embolism varies from 4.6 to 6.8% (up to 26% in radiologic studies; the risk of embolism is increased with the liquid consistency of the cement and with the treatment of some malignant lesions. Patients may remain asymptomatic and develop no known long-term sequelae. Conclusions. Our ancedotal case illustrates the need for close monitoring of patients undergoing percutaneous vertebroplasty and emphasizes the importance of prompt and correct diagnosis and treatment, even if actually there is no agreement regarding the therapeutic strategy.

  9. Study on incidence of pulmonary embolism in patients with cardiac pacemakers using lung perfusion mapping and ventilation scanning

    We investigated pulmonary perfusion mapping and ventilation scanning employing 99mTC-MMA and 81mKr-Gas in patients with DDD and VVI cardiac pacemaker implantation. In 51 cases among 175 patients we observed some defects which matched the results from lung perfusion scanning in the pulmonary segments and sub-segments. These were diagnosed as pulmonary embolism after the possibility of other pulmonary diseases was rejected. The incidence rate of pulmonary embolism in patients with VVI (Ventricular pacing/sensing, inhibited type) pacemakers was 47 out of 138, or 34.1%, especially for those who received a pulmonary scanning examination whithin 6 months after pacemaker implantation. In contrast, those who were examined after 6 months had lower rates as well as chronological factors. The incidence rate of pulmonary embolism in 37 patients with DDD (Double chamber pacing/sensing, double modes of response) pacemakers was 10.8%, considerably lower than that for patients with VVI pacemakers. Therefore, one main factor of pulmonary embolism in patients with pacemakers could be the non-physiological phase of the contractions of both atria and ventricles. Other factors, such as the presence of foreign bodies in the endocardium, aging, and hypertension, could also promote pulmonary embolism. (author)

  10. Percutaneous transfemoral placement of inferior vena cava filter to prevent pulmonary embolism in patients with malignant tumor

    Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of inserting an inferior vena cava filter to prevent the pulmonary embolism (PE) due to detachment of the thrombus in the lower extremities. Methods: Inferior vena cava filter were placed in 37 patients with malignant tumor and deep venous thrombosis from 1998 to 2004. Malignancy was confirmed by pathological or cellular biological examination in all cases. The episode of pulmonary embolism was monitored during a post-intervention follow-up. Results: All the filters were placed in the inferior vena cava safely via a percutaneous femoral venous access. No serious complications such as pulmonary embolism occurred during the follow-up periods. Conclusion: The inferior vena cava filter placement is an effective and safe procedure in preventing the pulmonary embolism in patients with malignant tumor and deep venous thrombosis. (authors)

  11. Acute pulmonary parenchymal densities in the adult

    The thrust of the radiographic interpretation is to correlate the often non-specific appearance of any parenchymal density with its time-table of development, rate of change, distribution, and the patient's clinical status. Although this chapter contains separate sections on each major cause of acute pulmonary opacification, the intent of the chapter overall is their differential diagnosis. Before beginning to deal with acute pulmonary densities, it is stressed that acute densities can only be differentiated from chronic ones by reviewing preoperative or pre-existing studies. Without the baseline comparison film or reliable presumption of prior normalcy, the acuteness of a parenchymal density may not be apparent until later examinations reveal change or resolution. Also, as discussed is baseline pathology that is altered by the portable technique can be terribly confusing when attempting to evaluate a single isolated film in an acute clinical situation

  12. Investigation on the clinical practice of transcatheter embolization for acute gastrointestinal hemorrhage

    Objective: To study the tactics, methods and relevant factors of transcatheter embolization for acute gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Methods: Fifteen patients with acute gastrointestinal hemorrhage were embolized by one of the methods of Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA), gelfoam or metal coils. Four of the fifteen patients were upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage, the other cases were lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage which were embolized using coaxial microcatheter. Results: Fourteen of the fifteen patients were treated successfully by these methods. There were total 17 times of embolization for 16 parts, the success rate reached 94. 1%. The other one revealed an infarction of intestine after the embolization and was cured by resection. One of the fifteen patients appeared a recurrent hemorrhage 3 months later, and confirmed to be a hemangiolymphangioma. Two patients with malignant tumor were operated upon selectively. The other patient of intestinal hemorrhage was embolized successfully by using a metal coil after shock. Leiomyoma complicated with large area of bleeding was finally proven by operation. Conclusions: Transcatheter embolization for acute massive gastrointestinal hemorrhage is safe and efficient under different choice of methods. The key of success is the right selection of embolized target artery and dosage of emboli

  13. Catheter-related right atrial thrombus and pulmonary embolism: A case report and systematic review of the literature

    Karen EA Burns; Andrew McLaren

    2009-01-01

    Central venous catheters (CVCs) are commonly used in clinical practice. One of the foremost complications associated with their use is the potential for symptomatic or asymptomatic thrombosis. CVC thrombosis, in turn, may not only result in vascular and catheter occlusion but also infection, pulmonary embolism, and formation of right heart thromboemboli. Thrombi within cardiac chambers are associated with an increased risk of mortality due to their potential for embolization to the pulmonary ...

  14. Amiodarone-induced pulmonary toxicity mimicking acute pulmonary edema.

    Fabiani, Iacopo; Tacconi, Danilo; Grotti, Simone; Brandini, Rossella; Salvadori, Claudia; Caremani, Marcello; Bolognese, Leonardo

    2011-05-01

    Amiodarone is a highly effective antiarrhythmic drug. Its long-term use may, however, lead to several adverse effects, with pulmonary toxicity being the most serious. The article presents the case of a 78-year-old woman with a history of cardiac surgery, who after 2 years of amiodarone therapy for prophylactic treatment of atrial fibrillation developed amiodarone pneumonitis mimicking an acute pulmonary edema. The patient failed to respond to diuretic therapy and several courses of anti-infective therapy. Differential diagnosis of different causes of pulmonary infiltrates did not demonstrate any other abnormality. Lung biopsy findings were consistent with the diagnosis of amiodarone pneumonitis. Given the widespread use of amiodarone as an antiarrhythmic agent, pneumologists and cardiologists should consider this important adverse effect as a differential diagnosis of pulmonary distress refractory to therapy in all patients treated with amiodarone who present with respiratory symptoms and pneumonia-like illness. PMID:19924000

  15. Guidance for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

    Streiff, Michael B; Agnelli, Giancarlo; Connors, Jean M; Crowther, Mark; Eichinger, Sabine; Lopes, Renato; McBane, Robert D; Moll, Stephan; Ansell, Jack

    2016-01-01

    This guidance document focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Efficient, cost effective diagnosis of VTE is facilitated by combining medical history and physical examination with pre-test probability models, D dimer testing and selective use of confirmatory imaging. Clinical prediction rules, biomarkers and imaging can be used to tailor therapy to disease severity. Anticoagulation options for acute VTE include unfractionated heparin, low molecular weight heparin, fondaparinux and the direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs). DOACs are as effective as conventional therapy with LMWH and vitamin K antagonists. Thrombolytic therapy is reserved for massive pulmonary embolism (PE) or extensive deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Inferior vena cava filters are reserved for patients with acute VTE and contraindications to anticoagulation. Retrievable filters are strongly preferred. The possibility of thoracic outlet syndrome and May-Thurner syndrome should be considered in patients with subclavian/axillary and left common iliac vein DVT, respectively in absence of identifiable triggers. The optimal duration of therapy is dictated by the presence of modifiable thrombotic risk factors. Long term anticoagulation should be considered in patients with unprovoked VTE as well as persistent prothrombotic risk factors such as cancer. Short-term therapy is sufficient for most patients with VTE associated with transient situational triggers such as major surgery. Biomarkers such as D dimer and risk assessment models such the Vienna risk prediction model offer the potential to customize VTE therapy for the individual patient. Insufficient data exist to support the integration of bleeding risk models into duration of therapy planning. PMID:26780738

  16. Can catheter-directed thrombolysis be applied to acute lower extremity artery embolism after recent cerebral embolism from atrial fibrillation?

    Si, T.-G. [Department of interventional treatment, Tianjin medical university cancer Hospital and Institution, Tianjin (China); Guo, Z. [Department of interventional treatment, Tianjin medical university cancer Hospital and Institution, Tianjin (China)], E-mail: dr.guozhi@yahoo.com.cn; Hao, X.-S. [Department of interventional treatment, Tianjin medical university cancer Hospital and Institution, Tianjin (China)

    2008-10-15

    Purpose: To assess the feasibility and efficacy of catheter-directed thrombolysis with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) for acute limb embolism in patients with recent cerebral embolism due to atrial fibrillation. Materials and methods: Eight patients (six men, two women; mean age 63.5 years) with acute embolic occlusion of two left common iliac arteries, four femoral arteries (three left; one right), and two right popliteal arteries were treated. All patients had a history of recent cerebral embolism (mean 6 days, range 5-15 days) and all had a history of atrial fibrillation (duration 5-10 years). Catheter-directed thrombolysis started a few hours (mean 6.2 h; range 3-10 h) after the onset of arterial embolism. Two 5 mg boluses of rt-PA were injected into the proximal clot through a 5 F end-hole catheter and, subsequently, two additional boluses of 5 mg rt-PA were injected into the emboli. In patients with residual emboli, infusion with rt-PA (1 mg/h) was continued. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty was performed in three patients, and a stent was deployed in one patient. Results: Technical success was achieved in all patients. Clinical success rate was 87.5% (7/8). The one clinical failure was secondary to chronic occlusion of outflow runoff vessels. The mean duration of continuous rt-PA infusion was 3.6 h, the mean total dose of rt-PA administered was 23.6 mg (range 20-28 mg). There was no significant change in stroke scale scores during thrombolysis and no intracerebral haemorrhage was found at computed tomography (CT) after thrombolysis. Minor complications included haematomata at puncture sites (6/8), bleeding around the vascular sheath (2/8), and haematuria (1/8). During the follow-up period of 3-6 months, one patient suffered from recurrent cerebral embolism and died. Conclusions: Catheter-directed thrombolysis with rt-PA is an option for acute lower extremity arterial embolism in patients with recent cerebral embolism and a history of

  17. Can catheter-directed thrombolysis be applied to acute lower extremity artery embolism after recent cerebral embolism from atrial fibrillation?

    Purpose: To assess the feasibility and efficacy of catheter-directed thrombolysis with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) for acute limb embolism in patients with recent cerebral embolism due to atrial fibrillation. Materials and methods: Eight patients (six men, two women; mean age 63.5 years) with acute embolic occlusion of two left common iliac arteries, four femoral arteries (three left; one right), and two right popliteal arteries were treated. All patients had a history of recent cerebral embolism (mean 6 days, range 5-15 days) and all had a history of atrial fibrillation (duration 5-10 years). Catheter-directed thrombolysis started a few hours (mean 6.2 h; range 3-10 h) after the onset of arterial embolism. Two 5 mg boluses of rt-PA were injected into the proximal clot through a 5 F end-hole catheter and, subsequently, two additional boluses of 5 mg rt-PA were injected into the emboli. In patients with residual emboli, infusion with rt-PA (1 mg/h) was continued. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty was performed in three patients, and a stent was deployed in one patient. Results: Technical success was achieved in all patients. Clinical success rate was 87.5% (7/8). The one clinical failure was secondary to chronic occlusion of outflow runoff vessels. The mean duration of continuous rt-PA infusion was 3.6 h, the mean total dose of rt-PA administered was 23.6 mg (range 20-28 mg). There was no significant change in stroke scale scores during thrombolysis and no intracerebral haemorrhage was found at computed tomography (CT) after thrombolysis. Minor complications included haematomata at puncture sites (6/8), bleeding around the vascular sheath (2/8), and haematuria (1/8). During the follow-up period of 3-6 months, one patient suffered from recurrent cerebral embolism and died. Conclusions: Catheter-directed thrombolysis with rt-PA is an option for acute lower extremity arterial embolism in patients with recent cerebral embolism and a history of

  18. Diagnostic efficacy of ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) segmental equivalent concept in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

    One hundred and twenty-nine angiographically proven ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) lung scans in patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) were analyzed. Three V/Q matching and 8 V/Q mismatching patterns were identified. Likelihood ratios and probability estimates of pulmonary embolism based on Bayes' analysis were obtained for each of the 11 V/Q patterns. When the prevalence of pulmonary embolism is 40% (pretest probability), a normal perfusion pattern, a non-segmental V/Q mismatch pattern, 1 segmental equivalent V/Q mismatch without diffuse xenon retention, and single lobar V/Q mismatch pattern without additional mismatching defects had 0% posterior probability for pulmonary embolism. V/Q matching pattern without X-ray opacification had 7% posterior probability for pulmonary embolism. The V/Q mismatch pattern between 1 and 1.5 segment equivalents with single segmental defects had 86% posterior probability for PE. Ventilation/perfusion mismatch defect greater than 1.5 segmental equivalent without lobar defects had 95% posterior probability for PE and lobar V/Q mismatch defect with additional segmental defects had 90% posterior probability for pulmonary embolism

  19. The application of multi-slice CT and image post processing techniques in diagnosing of pulmonary embolism

    Objective: To characterize the pulmonary embolism (PE) on multi-slice CT pulmonary angiography, and to evaluate the role of multi-slice CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in the diagnosis of PE. Methods: Forty-five patients with PE confirmed by CTPA were retrospective analyzed. Images were reconstructed with maximal intensity projection (MIP), multiple planar reconstruction (MPR) and volume rendering technique (VRT). The display of pulmonary arteries and the ability of detecting embolisms were compared among the three different reconstruction techniques. Results: MPR images showed superiority to MIP and VRT images in displaying embolisms (P<0.05). Conclusion: MPR images were better than those of MIP and VRT, but provided poor three-dimensional information; MIP and VRT were more straightforward than MPR in displaying large branches of pulmonary artery. MPR combined with MIP and VRT could help to accurately establish PE diagnosis. (author)

  20. Percutaneous Transcatheter Embolization of a Large Pulmonary Arteriovenous Fistula with an Amplatzer Vascular Plug

    Percutaneous transcatheter embolization has become the treatment of choice for pulmonary arteriovenous fistulas (PAVFs), in most cases replacing surgical intervention. However, while 'classic' devices, such as intravascular coils and detachable balloons, have proved to be successful for interventional occlusions of small or medium-sized PAVFs, they are not ideal in larger fistulas because of the risk for embolization to the systemic circulation. We describe the case of a 61-year-old woman with a symptomatic huge solitary pulmonary arteriovenous fistula (4.5 cm in diameter), occupying part of the lung in the lower right lobe with two feeding arteries (10 and 4 mm in diameter, respectively), who underwent successful transcatheter closure with an Amplatzer Vascular Plug, a new device designed for the occlusion of vascular abnormalities

  1. Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism - Prevention, management, and anaesthetic considerations

    Krishan Kumar Narani

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available There is high incidence of venous thromboembolism, comprising of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, in hospitalized patients. The need for systemic thromboprophylaxis is essential, especially in patients with inherited or acquired patient-specific risk factors or in patients undergoing surgeries associated with high incidence of postoperative deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. These patients, on prophylactic or therapeutic doses of anticoagulants, may present for surgery. General or regional anaesthesia may be considered depending on the type and urgency of surgery and degree of anticoagulation as judged by investigations. The dilemma regarding the type of anaesthesia can be solved if the anaesthesiologist is aware of the pharmacokinetics of drugs affecting haemostasis. The anaesthesiologist must keep abreast with the latest developments of methods and drugs used in the prevention and management of venous thromboembolism and their implications in the conduct of anaesthesia.

  2. Analysis of decrease in lung perfusion blood volume with occlusive and non-occlusive pulmonary embolisms

    Ikeda, Yohei, E-mail: ypfranky1@ybb.ne.jp [Department of Radiology, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Science (Japan); Yoshimura, Norihiko [Department of Radiology, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Science (Japan); Hori, Yoshiro [Department of Radiology, Showa University Fujigaoka Hospital (Japan); Horii, Yosuke; Ishikawa, Hiroyuki [Department of Radiology, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Science (Japan); Yamazaki, Motohiko [Department of Radiology, Niigata City General Hospital (Japan); Noto, Yoshiyuki [Department of Radiology, Niigata University Medical and Dental Hospital (Japan); Aoyama, Hidefumi [Department of Radiology, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Science (Japan)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • The proportion of preserved PE lesions in the non-occlusive group was 76.7% (33/43). • HUs of the iodine map were significantly higher in the non-occlusive group than in the occlusive group. • There was no significant difference in HUs between the non-occlusive and corresponding normal group. - Abstract: Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine if lung perfusion blood volume (lung PBV) with non-occlusive pulmonary embolism (PE) differs quantitatively and visually from that with occlusive PE and to investigate if lung PBV with non-occlusive PE remains the same as that without PE. Materials and methods: Totally, 108 patients suspected of having acute PE underwent pulmonary dual-energy computed tomography angiography (DECTA) between April 2011 and January 2012. Presence of PE on DECTA was evaluated by one radiologist. Two radiologists visually evaluated the PE distribution (segmental or subsegmental) and its nature (occlusive or non-occlusive) on DECTA and classified perfusion in lung PBV as “decreased,” “slightly decreased,” and “preserved”. Two radiologists used a lung PBV application to set a region of interest (ROI) in the center of the lesion and measured HU values of an iodine map. In the same slice as the ROI of the lesion and close to the lesion, another ROI was set in the normal perfusion area without PE, and HUs were measured. The proportion of lesions was compared between the occlusive and non-occlusive groups. HUs were compared among the occlusive, non-occlusive, and corresponding normal groups. Results: Twenty-five patients had 80 segmental or subsegmental lesions. There were 37 and 43 lesions in the occlusive and non-occlusive groups, respectively. The proportion of decreased lesions was 73.0% (27/37) in the occlusive group, while that of preserved lesions in the non-occlusive group was 76.7% (33/43). There was a significant difference in the proportion of lesions (P < 0.001) between the two groups. HUs of the

  3. Analysis of decrease in lung perfusion blood volume with occlusive and non-occlusive pulmonary embolisms

    Highlights: • The proportion of preserved PE lesions in the non-occlusive group was 76.7% (33/43). • HUs of the iodine map were significantly higher in the non-occlusive group than in the occlusive group. • There was no significant difference in HUs between the non-occlusive and corresponding normal group. - Abstract: Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine if lung perfusion blood volume (lung PBV) with non-occlusive pulmonary embolism (PE) differs quantitatively and visually from that with occlusive PE and to investigate if lung PBV with non-occlusive PE remains the same as that without PE. Materials and methods: Totally, 108 patients suspected of having acute PE underwent pulmonary dual-energy computed tomography angiography (DECTA) between April 2011 and January 2012. Presence of PE on DECTA was evaluated by one radiologist. Two radiologists visually evaluated the PE distribution (segmental or subsegmental) and its nature (occlusive or non-occlusive) on DECTA and classified perfusion in lung PBV as “decreased,” “slightly decreased,” and “preserved”. Two radiologists used a lung PBV application to set a region of interest (ROI) in the center of the lesion and measured HU values of an iodine map. In the same slice as the ROI of the lesion and close to the lesion, another ROI was set in the normal perfusion area without PE, and HUs were measured. The proportion of lesions was compared between the occlusive and non-occlusive groups. HUs were compared among the occlusive, non-occlusive, and corresponding normal groups. Results: Twenty-five patients had 80 segmental or subsegmental lesions. There were 37 and 43 lesions in the occlusive and non-occlusive groups, respectively. The proportion of decreased lesions was 73.0% (27/37) in the occlusive group, while that of preserved lesions in the non-occlusive group was 76.7% (33/43). There was a significant difference in the proportion of lesions (P < 0.001) between the two groups. HUs of the

  4. Acute paraplegia following embolization of spinal dural arteriovenous fistula

    HUANG Cheng-guang; QI Xiang-qian; CHEN Huai-rui; L(U) Li-quan; WU Xiao-jun; BAI Ru-lin; LU Yi-cheng

    2011-01-01

    Embolization therapy has been used as the initial treatment for spinal dural arteriovenous fistula (SDAVF) only for certain patients or in certain medical institutions due to its minimal invasiveness, but the recurrence of embolization remains a clinical challenge. The recurrent patient usually exhibits a gradual onset of symptoms and progressive deterioration of neurological function. Developing paraplegia several hours after embolization is commonly seen in patients with venous thrombosis-related complications, for which anticoagulation therapy is often administered. This article reports on a SDAVF patient who had weakness of both lower extremities before embolization and developed complete paraplegia several hours after embolization therapy, later confirmed by angiography as fistula recurrence. The symptoms were relieved gradually after second embolization. The pathophysiology of this patient is also discussed.

  5. Multifactal analysis for the quantification of pulmonary embolism in ventilation-perfusion scans

    The clinical presentation of pulmonary embolism is highly non-specific. This preliminary study aims at quantifying the difference between normal and abnormal areas in ventilation-perfusion scans and estimating the potential of the fractal dimension to precisely discriminate risk grade of pulmonary embolism. The ventilation and perfusion images were obtained in the ventilation-perfusion scans. We displayed fractal spectrum of all levels of intensity to determine most important threshold for our purposes and then the difference of the ventilation and the perfusion is calculated pixel by pixel. From this difference image the integral of the underperfused areas are used as features. With the aid of these features we disposed of overall slope analysis for all possible values of the length of analyzed data points segment to find linear portion of function. The box-counting method, which the most important dimension is DBBW (arises by summing squares of counting black NB and squares which contains just part of fractal of partially black NBW), was used to establish fractal dimension. The means of the computed fractal (box) dimensions in eleven cases that were obtained on patients suspected with pulmonary embolism for whom reliable examination was essential to establish final diagnosis were 1.21 for normality and 1.42 for abnormality. Depending on the probability of the risk grade, the average fractal dimension were : FDhigh=1.52, FDintermediate=1.40, FDlow=1.26 with coefficient of correlation R=0.999. This study demonstrated that multifractal analysis shows promise for the detection and characterization of pulmonary embolism. The fractal dimension succeeded to quantify meaningful aspects of the possible detective differences among the various potential

  6. Economic evaluation of a clinical protocol for diagnosing emergency patients with suspected pulmonary embolism

    Gospodarevskaya, Elena V; Goergen, Stacy K; Harris, Anthony H; Chan, Thomas; de Campo, John F; Wolfe, Rory; Gan, Eng T; Wheeler, Michael B.; McKay, John

    2006-01-01

    Background The objective of this paper is to estimate the amount of cost-savings to the Australian health care system from implementing an evidence-based clinical protocol for diagnosing emergency patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) at the Emergency department of a Victorian public hospital with 50,000 presentations in 2001–2002. Methods A cost-minimisation study used the data collected in a controlled clinical trial of a clinical protocol for diagnosing patients with suspected PE...

  7. Massive pleural effusion and associated pulmonary embolism in a case of Gefitinib responsive lung cancer

    Rajiv Garg

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary embolism (PE and venous thrombosis is a common complication in lung cancer patients with a high misdiagnosis rate and high mortality. However, when an undiagnosed lung cancer patient presents as PE, cancer as a cause may not always be explored. We present a case of a young male patient presenting with venous thromboembolism causing massive pleural effusion, leading to the diagnosis of epidermal growth factor receptor mutation positive adenocarcinoma, showing good response to gefitinib therapy.

  8. Elevated Fibrinogen Levels Associate with Risk of Pulmonary Embolism, but not with Deep Venous Thrombosis

    Klovaite, Jolanta; Nordestgaard, Børge G; Tybjærg-Hansen, Anne;

    2013-01-01

    RATIONALE: It is unclear whether elevated plasma fibrinogen associates with both deep venous thrombosis(DVT) and its complication pulmonary embolism(PE), and whether elevated fibrinogen is a direct cause of these disorders. OBJECTIVES: We tested the hypotheses that elevated plasma fibrinogen...... relationship using a Mendelian randomization approach, we genotyped for FGB(rs1800790; rs4220) encoding fibrinogen beta chain. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Increasing plasma fibrinogen quintiles associated with increased risk of PE in combination with DVT(P-trend...

  9. Multifactal analysis for the quantification of pulmonary embolism in ventilation-perfusion scans

    Lee, Jae Hoon; Kim, Hee Joung; Yun, Mi Jin; Yoo, Hyung Sik [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, (Korea, Republic of)

    2002-07-01

    The clinical presentation of pulmonary embolism is highly non-specific. This preliminary study aims at quantifying the difference between normal and abnormal areas in ventilation-perfusion scans and estimating the potential of the fractal dimension to precisely discriminate risk grade of pulmonary embolism. The ventilation and perfusion images were obtained in the ventilation-perfusion scans. We displayed fractal spectrum of all levels of intensity to determine most important threshold for our purposes and then the difference of the ventilation and the perfusion is calculated pixel by pixel. From this difference image the integral of the underperfused areas are used as features. With the aid of these features we disposed of overall slope analysis for all possible values of the length of analyzed data points segment to find linear portion of function. The box-counting method, which the most important dimension is DBBW (arises by summing squares of counting black NB and squares which contains just part of fractal of partially black NBW), was used to establish fractal dimension. The means of the computed fractal (box) dimensions in eleven cases that were obtained on patients suspected with pulmonary embolism for whom reliable examination was essential to establish final diagnosis were 1.21 for normality and 1.42 for abnormality. Depending on the probability of the risk grade, the average fractal dimension were : FDhigh=1.52, FDintermediate=1.40, FDlow=1.26 with coefficient of correlation R=0.999. This study demonstrated that multifractal analysis shows promise for the detection and characterization of pulmonary embolism. The fractal dimension succeeded to quantify meaningful aspects of the possible detective differences among the various potential.

  10. Ventilation/Perfusion SPECT for Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism and Other Diseases

    Björn Jonson; Marika Bajc

    2010-01-01

    V / P S P E C T has the potential to become a first hand tool for diagnosis of pulmonary embolism based on standardized technology and new holistic interpretation criteria. Pretest probability helps clinicians choose the most appropriate objective test for diagnosis or exclusion of PE. Interpretation should also take into account all ventilation and perfusion patterns allowing diagnosis of other cardiopulmonary diseases than PE. In such contexts, V / P S P E C T has excellent sensitivity and ...

  11. Capnometry in suspected pulmonary embolism with positive D-dimer in the field

    Rumpf, Tadeja Hernja; Križmarić, Miljenko; Grmec, Štefek

    2009-01-01

    Introduction Pulmonary embolism (PE) is one of the greatest diagnostic challenges in prehospital emergency setting. Most patients with suspected PE have a positive D-dimer and undergo diagnostic testing. Excluding PE with additional non-invasive tests would reduce the need for further imaging tests. We aimed to determine the effectiveness of combination of clinical probability and end-tidal carbon dioxide (PetCO2) for evaluation of suspected PE with abnormal concentrations of D-dimer in preho...

  12. Lung scintigraphy in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism: current methods and interpretation criteria in clinical practice

    Skarlovnik, Ajda; Hrastnik, Damjana; Fettich, Jure; Grmek, Marko

    2014-01-01

    Background In current clinical practice lung scintigraphy is mainly used to exclude pulmonary embolism (PE). Modified diagnostic criteria for planar lung scintigraphy are considered, as newer scitigraphic methods, especially single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) are becoming more popular. Patients and methods. Data of 98 outpatients who underwent planar ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy and 49 outpatients who underwent V/Q SPECT from the emergency department (ED) were retr...

  13. Routine clinical utility of aerosol lung scan (ALS) in patients being evaluated for pulmonary embolism (PE)

    99mTc-DTPA/MDA aerosol lung scan (ALS) (using BARC apparatus), 99mTc-MAA lung perfusion scan and chest radiography are routinely performed during the same visit in patients referred with the clinical suspicion of pulmonary embolism (PE). It is concluded that ALS is an excellent for diagnostic interpretation of PE as compared with chest radiography in significant number of patients

  14. Relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and 30-day mortality among patients with pulmonary embolism

    Farzin Ghiasi; Amin Ahmadpoor; Babak Amra

    2015-01-01

    Background: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is the most life-threatening form of venous thrombosis which causes the majority of mortalities in this category. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been indicated as one of the risk factors for thromboembolism because of hemostatic alterations. The present study was designed to seek for the relationship between OSA and 30-day mortality of patients with PE. Materials and Methods: This prospective cohort study was conducted among 137 consecutive patients refe...

  15. Postoperative pulmonary embolism in a three year old with Klippel–Trenaunay syndrome

    Jana Hudcova; Monica Kleinman; Daniel Talmor

    2009-01-01

    Jana Hudcova1, Monica Kleinman2, Daniel Talmor11Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; 2Department of Anesthesia, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USAAbstract: Massive pulmonary embolism (PE) in a small child is a rare event and unified guidelines for its treatment are missing. Timely diagnosis and management of m...

  16. Acute tumor lysis syndrome after proximal splenic artery embolization

    Jason T. Salsamendi; Mehul H. Doshi; Francisco J. Gortes; Levi, Joe U; Govindarajan Narayanan

    2016-01-01

    Preoperative splenic artery embolization for massive splenomegaly has been shown to reduce intraoperative hemorrhage during splenectomy. We describe a case of tumor lysis syndrome after proximal splenic artery embolization in a patient with advanced mantle cell lymphoma and splenic involvement. The patient presented initially with hyperkalemia two days after embolization that worsened during splenectomy. He was stabilized, but developed laboratory tumor lysis syndrome with renal failure and e...

  17. Pericardial tamponade masking associated pulmonary thrombo embolism in a case of adeno carcinoma of lung

    Srinivasan Kandasamy

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available This case report describes a patient admitted with shortness of breath of 15 days duration and found to have cardiac tamponade, which masked concomitant pulmonary embolism that was diagnosed by echocardiographic signs of dilate RA/RV with PAH only after successful pericardiocentesis. Subsequently patient was found to have widely metastatic adenocarcinoma of lungs. This case emphasizes the diagnostic challenge when cardiac tamponade is associated with pulmonary thromboembolism and requires high index of clinical suspicion in patients with underlying malignancy. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(8.000: 2126-2128

  18. Pulmonary studies

    Radionuclide studies of the lung are described, as regards perfusion studies, ventilation studies and physiological considerations. The four principal applications for radionuclide studies of the lungs are outlined and the uses of these discussed in relation to particular entities including pulmonary embolic disease, congestive heart failure, asthma, acute, nonasthmatic, bronchial obstruction, chronic pulmonary disease and cancer. (Auth./C.F.)

  19. Chronic pulmonary embolism presenting with right ventricular dilatation on thallium myocardial scintigraphy

    Full text: A 61 year old male presented to the Nuclear Medicine Department for an exercise thallium study with a three month history of exertional dyspnoea for investigation. Patient history included PTCA to LAD and pulmonary embolism 16 years previously. The patient underwent 5.24 minutes of a standard treadmill Bruce protocol which was terminated due to his usual dyspnoea. The patient was injected with 120 MBq of 201-Thallous Chloride at peak exercise and prone SPECT imaging performed 8 minutes later with a dual head gamma camera. Reconstructed images demonstrated normal myocardial perfusion at a moderate level of haemodynamic stress. However, moderate night ventricular dilatation was noted raising the possibility of respiratory disease as cause for symptoms. Echocardiography confirmed right ventricular dilatation and moderate to severe pulmonary hypertension while subsequent respiratory function tests were unremarkable. The patient was then referred to Nuclear Medicine for a ventilation and perfusion lung scan. A six view ventilation study was performed following inhalation of 99mTc Technegas and corresponding perfusion images were acquired following intravenous administration of 99mTc MAA. The ventilation and perfusion images demonstrated multiple matched segmental defects bilaterally, suggestive of chronic thrombo-embolism. The patient was subsequently anti-coagulated with improvement of symptoms. In conclusion, our study has demonstrated how right ventricular dilatation on myocardial scintigraphy can alert the clinician to alternative causes for dyspnoea, and in our case resulted subsequently in a diagnosis of chronic pulmonary embolism

  20. Ventilation/perfusion lung scan to diagnose pulmonary embolism: new insights (for the year 2000)

    We present the changes that have taken place since the results of 'Prospective Investigation of Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis' (PIOPED) in the diagnostic approach of pulmonary embolism (PE). In 1990 PIOPED documented the value of ventilation/perfusion lung scanning, but pulmonary angiography was often unavoidable. PIOPED had some drawbacks. During the last decade, three significant improvements have appeared: new ventilation tracers such as Technegas and 81m krypton yield high quality and dependable images; PIOPED reading criteria have been revised and improved; the diagnostic approach has benefited from lower extremity ultrasonography and D-dimer assay. New strategic approaches have therefore been devised and have become accurate enough to avoid the use of pulmonary angiography in a vast majority of cases. In pulmonary scintigram reading, the presence of an abnormal chest X-ray or of an underlying cardiopulmonary disease deserves special attention. Helical CT is of limited value in presence of PE restricted to sub-segmental arteries. Already published multicenter trials seem to indicate a lesser diagnostic value than initially anticipated with this semi-invasive method. CT cannot yet be recommended as a first line screening test for PE. (authors)

  1. Pulmonary embolism and pelvic-lower limb deep venous thrombosis: initial experience with magnetic resonance angiography

    Objective: To evaluate the usefulness of combined three-dimensional (3D) and two-dimensional (2D) contrast enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA) for checking the thrombus embolism of different positions within single examination on the pulmonary artery and pelvic-lower limb deep veins. Methods: Fifteen patients with suspected pulmonary embolism and pelvic-lower limb deep venous thrombosis (DVT) were evaluate with combined 3D MRA and 2D CE-MRA. 3D spoiled gradient-recalled-echo bolus chase MR angiograms were obtained in four stations from the pulmonary artery to the ankle. Thereafter, 3D CE MRA was reversely scanned from the ankle to the pelvic. 2D contrast-enhanced MRI was obtained in pelvis, thigh, and calf. Pulmonary CT angiography (CTA) and/or DSA were performed in 15 patients, and duplex ultrasonography of lower-limb vein was performed in 12 patients. Results: Of the 15 cases, acceptable imaging of pulmonary vessel was acquired with 3D CE-MRA in 12 cases. The signal intensity was lower in the deep iliac vein and lower extremities than that in the artery, but vein frame was distinct after post processing. The artery and deep vein were clearly revealed with contrast enhanced FSPGR sequence in 15 cases. 3D CD-MRA imaging disclosed pulmonary embolism in fourteen patients and pelvis-lower limb DVT with multi-place involvement in nine patients. 2D contrast-enhanced MR imaging proved DVT in pelvis-lower limb. 2D contrast-enhanced FSPGR sequence was a complementation of 3D CE-MRA and it had larger scan field. Thrombus presented as low signals and eccentral or intraluminal filling defect. Local caliber of vein thrombus in 6 cases was evidently broadened. Conclusion: Within only one MR examination procedure, it is capable of examining the pulmonary embolism and DVT of pelvis-lower limb with combined 3D MRA and 2D contrast enhanced MR. The results are promising as a non-invasion 'on-stop shopping' tool in the evaluation of thromboembolic disease

  2. Diagnosis of Massive Pulmonary Embolism in Man by Radioisotope Scanning

    Macroaggregated human-serum albumin particles labelled with either I131 or chromium-51 have been utilized to determine regional blood flow to the lungs in dogs and man. Following intravenous injection, the particles accumulated in the lung, permitting clear delineation of the lung fields by scintillation scanning. In patients with lung abscess, pneumonia, atelectasis, tumours and thromboembolic disease of the lung, there was a decreased accumulation of the radioactivity in the regions of the lungs involved. The technique was found to be clinically useful in the diagnosis of massive pulmonary emboli in man and in the demonstration of vascular occlusion in certain patients with cor pulmonale. Studies in dogs made possible the determination of the rate at which revascularization occurred following experimental pulmonary emboli. Scintillation scanning was carried out at various times after the removal of the experimental emboli. The circulation was restored through the lungs within a period of several weeks after the removal of chronic pulmonary emboli in dogs. Although aggregated human-serum albumin retained its antigenicity in rabbits, guinea pigs and dogs, extensive studies failed to reveal any antigenicity of the particles to man. Because of the rapid metabolism of the macroaggregated albumin particles, the radiation to the patient was well within permissible levels. The use of albumin of high specific activity permitted injections of small chemical quantities; consequently no cardiovascular effects, such as increases in pulmonary artery pressure, changes in electrocardiogram or respiratory rate, were noted. (author)

  3. Successful thrombolysis of major pulmonary embolism 5 days after lobectomy

    Eckardt, Jens; Licht, Peter B

    2012-01-01

    Aggressive intravenous thrombolysis of pulmonary emboli after major thoracic surgery has rarely been reported and is controversial because of an assumed risk of fatal bleeding. We report a 62-year old female who underwent left upper lobectomy. Her postoperative course was complicated with...

  4. [Nursing care of pulmonary embolism in out-of-hospital emergencies].

    Carrión-Martínez, Aurora; Rivera-Caravaca, José Miguel

    2016-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism is one of the most severe venous thromboembolic diseases, both in mortality and the high number of associated complications and their impact on quality of life. The early hours are critical and proper management during this period can determine future sequels. Therefore, in the outpatient setting, nurses must have adequate knowledge and tools to act quickly and efficiently. In this paper, we present a case of a 77 year-old male in his home that after being discharged from a knee replacement surgery starts with symptoms compatible with pulmonary thromboembolism. A Nursing Care Process is performed, according to the functional patterns of Margory Gordon and a care plan is developed based on NNN taxonomy (NANDA, NOC, NIC). As main nursing diagnosis 'ineffective breathing pattern' is selected and as possible potential complication of the pulmonary embolism the 'pulmonary infarction' is chosen. The results obtained after conducting the care plan are satisfactory, improving the signs and symptoms presented by the patient, hence why we believe it is useful for nurses when facing similar clinical situations. PMID:26906402

  5. A case of Multiple Unilateral Pulmonary arteriovenous Malformation Relapse: Efficacy of embolization treatment

    Masiello Rossella

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary arteriovenous Malformations (PAVMs are a rare vascular alteration characterized by abnormal communications between the pulmonary arteries and veins resulting in an extracardiac right-to-left (R-L shunt. The majority of PAVMs are associated with an autosomal dominant vascular disorder also known as Osler-Weber- Rendu Syndrome. PAVMs appearance can be both single and multiple. Clinical manifestations include hypoxemia, dyspnea cyanosis, hemoptysis and cerebrovascular ischemic events or abscesses. We report a case of an 18 year old female with severe respiratory failure caused by a relapse of multiple unilateral pulmonary arterovenous fistula. Symptoms at admission include dyspnea, cyanosis and clubbing. The patient underwent pulmonary angio-TC scan, brain CT and echocardiography. The thoracic angio-CT scan showed the presence of PAVMs of RUL and RLL; a marked increase of right bronchial artery caliber and its branches with an aneurismatic dilatation was also observed. The patient underwent percutaneous transcatheter embolization using Amplatzer Vascular Plug IV; a relevant clinical and functional improvement was subsequently recorded. Embolization is effective in the treatment of relapsing PAVMS.

  6. Pulmonary thrombo-embolism in pregnancy: diagnosis and management

    Louise E. Simcox; Laura Ormesher; Clare Tower; Greer, Ian A

    2015-01-01

    Key points Venous thromboembolism (VTE) in pregnancy remains a leading cause of direct maternal mortality in the developed world and identifiable risk factors are increasing in incidence.; VTE is approximately 10-times more common in the pregnant population (compared with non-pregnant women) with an incidence of 1 in 1000 and the highest risk in the postnatal period.; If pulmonary imaging is required, ventilation perfusion scanning is usually the preferred initial test to detect pulm...

  7. Combined ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy for demonstration of pulmonary embolism

    In 34 patients with suggested pulmonary emboli, ventilation scintigraphy with 133Xe and perfusion scintigraphy with 99Tcsup(m)-labelled albumin spheres were carried out. The combined ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy had a significantly higher diagnostic specificity (1.0, confidence limit 0.69-1.0) than perfusion scintigraphy alone (0.48, 0.26-0.70). Both methods had a diagnostic sensitivity of 1.0. (Auth.)

  8. The study on dual-energy lung perfusion imaging in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism using dual-source CT

    Objective: To explore the diagnostic values of dual energy lung perfusion in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism by using dual-source CT (DSCT). Methods: Thirty patients with clinically suspected pulmonary embolism underwent dual-energy scanning with dual-source CT. The scanned data were integrated into three groups including 140, 80 kV and coefficient of 0.3. According to the CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) of the fusion data, the patients were divided into pulmonary embolism group and normal group. The thin-slice reconstruction of data was analyzed using dual-energy perfusion imaging analysis software. The lung field was divided into upper, middle and lower part to make quantitative analysis of lung tissue perfusion. Paired t-tests were used in the normal patients to compare bilateral lungs, and, independent samples t-tests were applied to compare the embolism group and normal group, while minimum intensity projection images (MinIP) were utilized in the assessment of lung ventilation. Results: Dual energy CT showed symmetrical homogeneous perfusion in 16 normal cases, without significant perfusion defects. Quantitative analysis showed that left and right lung perfusion were (27±7) and (28±8) HU respectively, and no significant difference was found between the two sides (t=-1.73, P>0.05). Perfusion of the left upper, middle and lower lung was (23±6), (24±6), and (28±8) HU respectively, while the perfusion of right upper, middle and lower lung was (26±8), (27±8), and (28±9) HU respectively, showing no statistical significant difference between the two sides (t=-1.91, -1.96, -1.73, P>0.05). Angiography of pulmonary embolism group (14 cases) showed filling defects in the pulmonary trunk, segments and sub-segments. Pulmonary perfusion imaging showed low perfusion or defects in lung field that dominated by embolic vessels. Quantitative analysis showed that the perfusion of the whole lung and the middle and lower lung were (22±5), (22±8), and (21±8) HU in the

  9. Role of combined perfusion/ventilation scanning in diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

    This study was conducted on 200 patients with suspected pulmonary embolism. Their age ranged 9-74 years with a mean age of 41.9+14.6 years.The commonest symptoms were dyspnea; chest pain and haemoptysis in 67.5%,49.5% and 14.5% respectively, whereas the main signs were tachycardia in 64.5% followed by rales and oedema of lower limbs in 28.5% and 14% respectively. Cardiac diseases were presenting the main risk factors in 47% followed by DVT, surgery, COLD in 24%,10% and 9.5% respectively. perfusion lung scan was normal in 27.5%, whereas low, intermediate and high probability scans were seen in 7%,23.5% and 42% respectively. The addition of ventilation scan, change probability of perfusion defects into 18.5%,19% and 31.5% in low, intermediate and high probability scans respectively. In addition 3.5% of patient diagnosed as non- embolic disease. There was significant correlation with increase number of symptoms and signs in relation to scan probability in both whole group and high probability group. Also, the incidence of pulmonary embolism appear to be additive with increase number of risk factors in the group of high probability scans. 3 figs., 3 tabs

  10. Improving performance of computer-aided detection of pulmonary embolisms by incorporating a new pulmonary vascular-tree segmentation algorithm

    Wang, Xingwei; Song, XiaoFei; Chapman, Brian E.; Zheng, Bin

    2012-03-01

    We developed a new pulmonary vascular tree segmentation/extraction algorithm. The purpose of this study was to assess whether adding this new algorithm to our previously developed computer-aided detection (CAD) scheme of pulmonary embolism (PE) could improve the CAD performance (in particular reducing false positive detection rates). A dataset containing 12 CT examinations with 384 verified pulmonary embolism regions associated with 24 threedimensional (3-D) PE lesions was selected in this study. Our new CAD scheme includes the following image processing and feature classification steps. (1) A 3-D based region growing process followed by a rolling-ball algorithm was utilized to segment lung areas. (2) The complete pulmonary vascular trees were extracted by combining two approaches of using an intensity-based region growing to extract the larger vessels and a vessel enhancement filtering to extract the smaller vessel structures. (3) A toboggan algorithm was implemented to identify suspicious PE candidates in segmented lung or vessel area. (4) A three layer artificial neural network (ANN) with the topology 27-10-1 was developed to reduce false positive detections. (5) A k-nearest neighbor (KNN) classifier optimized by a genetic algorithm was used to compute detection scores for the PE candidates. (6) A grouping scoring method was designed to detect the final PE lesions in three dimensions. The study showed that integrating the pulmonary vascular tree extraction algorithm into the CAD scheme reduced false positive rates by 16.2%. For the case based 3D PE lesion detecting results, the integrated CAD scheme achieved 62.5% detection sensitivity with 17.1 false-positive lesions per examination.

  11. Exercise training improves peak oxygen consumption and haemodynamics in patients with severe pulmonary arterial hypertension and inoperable chronic thrombo-embolic pulmonary hypertension: a prospective, randomized, controlled trial

    Ehlken, Nicola; Lichtblau, Mona; Klose, Hans; Weidenhammer, Johannes; Fischer, Christine; Nechwatal, Robert; Uiker, Sören; Halank, Michael; Olsson, Karen; Seeger, Werner; Gall, Henning; Rosenkranz, Stephan; Wilkens, Heinrike; Mertens, Dirk; Seyfarth, Hans-Jürgen

    2016-01-01

    AIMS: The impact of exercise training on the right heart and pulmonary circulation has not yet been invasively assessed in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) and right heart failure. This prospective randomized controlled study investigates the effects of exercise training on peak VO2/kg, haemodynamics, and further clinically relevant parameters in PH patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eighty-seven patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension and inoperable chronic thrombo-embolic PH (...

  12. Intra-arterial thrombolysis in acute embolic stroke

    Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of intra-arterial thrombolysis in acute embolic stroke (AES). Methods: 21 patients with AES were undertaken urokinase or recombinated tissue plasminogen activator through percutaneous femoral intraarterial thrombolysis (IAT) as the treated group, and another 42 patients without thrombolytic treatment were assigned as the control group, which were matched to the baseline National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) scores with selected gender and age. 24 h NIHSS scores, 90 d modified Rankin Scale (mRS) scores, incidences of hemorrhagic transformation (HT) and mortalities of the two groups were compared after the treatment. Results: (1) The results of cerebral angiography showed that the total re-perfusion rate was 61.90%. The middle cerebral artery (MCA), the internal carotid artery (ICA) and the basilar artery (BA) re-perfusion rates were 83.33%, 28.57% and 50.00%, respectively. (2) The NIHSS scores after 24 h were lower in the treated (IAT) group than those in the control group (12.05±5.61 vs, 14.83±4.05, P<0.05). A favorable outcome (mRS of 0-2) was more frequently observed in the 1AT group (66.67%) than that in the control group (35.71%, P<0.05). (3) There was no significant difference between the rates of HT (28.57% vs. 16.77%) and also the similar mortality rates (19.05% vs. 16.67%) not significant between the two groups. No patient died of HT in both two groups. Conclusion: IAT may be an effective treatment for AES with comparative safety. (authors)

  13. 儿童肺炎支原体感染合并肺动脉血栓形成一例并文献复习%Acute pulmonary embolism due to mycoplasma pneumoniae in children:a case report and review of the literature

    辛毅; 于丽娟; 高兴娟; 王文晓; 李爱敏

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore the relationship between mycoplasma pneumoniae infection and antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs) in children. Methods We describe 1 case of a previously healthy seven-year-old boy with acute pulmonary embolism and positive aPLs associated with M. pneumoniae pneumonia (MPP) and review 13 previous reports. The clinical manifestations and changes of aPLs of 14 cases were summarized. Results Fourteen cases, 8 boys and 6 girls, aged (7.78±2.74)years old, including 7 papers published by foreign authors and 6 by domestic authors except for our report were analyzed. All the 13 cases excepted for our case had pulmonary infection and thrombosis. Arterial thrombosis occurred in 7/14 cases: cerebral arterial embolism in 3 cases, splenic arterial embolism in 2 cases and vertebral, left internal carotid and bilateral popliteal arterial in 1 case, respectively. Venus thrombosis occurred in 7/14 cases:pulmonary embolism in 4 cases and right atrium, left popliteal venous and right external iliac venous in 1 case, respectively. Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs) was performed in 9/14 cases:all 9 cases were detected anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL), 6 cases were detected lupus anticoagulants (LA) and 4 cases were detected β2-glycoprotein antibodies (β2GI). The patients received intravenous azithromycin and therapeutic anticoagulation with unfractionated heparin and then oral warfarin. After 3-month follow-up, the patients had recovery completely and aPLs were negative. Conclusion Antiphospholipid antibodies relate to thrombosis closely in children with MPP. The characteristics of aPLs in children after MP infection are transient, and thus different from in those who develop antiphospholipid syndrome.%目的:分析儿童肺炎支原体(MP)感染合并循环血栓形成病例血栓栓塞及抗磷脂抗体(aPL)谱特点,以期提高对MP感染合并血栓栓塞事件的认识。方法报道1例肺炎支原体肺炎(MPP)合并急性肺动脉血栓

  14. Nursing care of catheter-directed thrombolysis therapy for acute arterial embolism of lower extremities

    Objective: To discuss the clinical effect of nursing intervention for interventional catheter-directed thrombolysis therapy in patients with acute arterial embolism of lower extremities. Methods: The experience of nursing care for 48 cases with acute arterial embolism of lower extremities which was treated with interventional catheter-directed thrombolysis was retrospectively analyzed. Results: With the help of active nursing care and rational treatment the occluded arteries were completely reopened in 40 cases and partially reopened in 8 cases. Complete relief from the clinical symptoms was obtained in 42 cases and partial remission was seen in 6 cases. Conclusion: For getting a complete recovery and improving living quality after catheter-directed thrombolysis in patients with acute arterial embolism of lower extremities, the key points are sufficient preoperative preparation, perioperative painstaking nursing care as well as postoperative correct guidance of exercise program. (authors)

  15. Multidetector-CT angiography in pulmonary embolism - can image parameters predict clinical outcome?

    Heyer, Christoph M.; Lemburg, Stefan P.; Nicolas, Volkmar; Roggenland, Daniela [Berufsgenossenschaftliches Universitaetsklinikum Bergmannsheil GmbH, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Institute of Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Bochum (Germany); Knoop, Heiko [Berufsgenossenschaftliches Universitaetsklinikum Bergmannsheil GmbH, Medical Clinic III - Pneumology, Allergology, and Sleep Medicine, Bochum (Germany); Holland-Letz, Tim [Ruhr-University of Bochum, Department of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, Bochum (Germany)

    2011-09-15

    To assess if pulmonary CT angiography (CTA) can predict outcome in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE). Retrospective analysis of CTA studies of patients with PE and documentation of pulmonary artery (PA)/aorta ratio, right ventricular (RV)/left ventricular (LV) ratio, superior vena cava (SVC) diameter, pulmonary obstruction index (POI), ventricular septal bowing (VSB), venous contrast reflux (VCR), pulmonary infarction and pleural effusion. Furthermore, duration of total hospital stay, necessity for/duration of ICU therapy, necessity for mechanical ventilation and mortality were recorded. Comparison was performed by logistic/linear regression analysis with significance at 5%. 152 patients were investigated. Mean duration of hospital stay was 21 {+-} 24 days. 66 patients were admitted to the ICU; 20 received mechanical ventilation. Mean duration of ICU therapy was 3 {+-} 8 days. Mortality rate was 8%. Significant positive associations of POI, VCR and pulmonary infarction with necessity for ICU therapy were shown. VCR was significantly associated with necessity for mechanical ventilation and duration of ICU treatment. Pleural effusions were significantly associated with duration of total hospital stay whereas the RV/LV ratio correlated with mortality. Selected CTA findings showed significant associations with the clinical course of PE and may thus be used as predictive parameters. (orig.)

  16. A comparative study of ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy and MRPA in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

    Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy in pulmonary embolism (PE) in comparison with three-dimensional (3D) magnetic resonance pulmonary angiography (MRPA). Methods: Twenty-eight patients underwent pulmonary V/Q imaging and MRPA within 3 d. There were 11 men and 17 women with mean age of (50.1 ± 14.4) years. Among them, 22 PE were confirmed by pulmonary arteriography or operation, as well as clinical followed-up after successful thrombolytic therapy. These 22 patients were divided into 3 groups: lobe, segment, and subsegment lesions. In the other 6 patients, PE had been ruled out by clinical comprehensive analysis and follow-up survey, including one case confirmed by pulmonary arteriography. Results: In lobe group, both V/Q imaging and MRPA detected all PEs. In segment group, V/Q imaging detected 125 segmental pathological changes and MRPA demonstrated 139 abnormal segmental pulmonary arteries. The latter had partially overestimated, but the statistic difference was not significant (P=0.110). In subsegment group, V/Q imaging detected 84 subsegment pathological changes, whereas MRPA demonstrated 55 subsegment arterial damages, the statistic difference was significant between two groups. (P<0.05). Conclusion: MRPA and V/Q imaging are both sensitive methods for detecting lobar and segmental PE, but V/Q imaging is far better than MRPA in detecting subsegment PE. (authors)

  17. Multidetector-CT angiography in pulmonary embolism - can image parameters predict clinical outcome?

    To assess if pulmonary CT angiography (CTA) can predict outcome in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE). Retrospective analysis of CTA studies of patients with PE and documentation of pulmonary artery (PA)/aorta ratio, right ventricular (RV)/left ventricular (LV) ratio, superior vena cava (SVC) diameter, pulmonary obstruction index (POI), ventricular septal bowing (VSB), venous contrast reflux (VCR), pulmonary infarction and pleural effusion. Furthermore, duration of total hospital stay, necessity for/duration of ICU therapy, necessity for mechanical ventilation and mortality were recorded. Comparison was performed by logistic/linear regression analysis with significance at 5%. 152 patients were investigated. Mean duration of hospital stay was 21 ± 24 days. 66 patients were admitted to the ICU; 20 received mechanical ventilation. Mean duration of ICU therapy was 3 ± 8 days. Mortality rate was 8%. Significant positive associations of POI, VCR and pulmonary infarction with necessity for ICU therapy were shown. VCR was significantly associated with necessity for mechanical ventilation and duration of ICU treatment. Pleural effusions were significantly associated with duration of total hospital stay whereas the RV/LV ratio correlated with mortality. Selected CTA findings showed significant associations with the clinical course of PE and may thus be used as predictive parameters. (orig.)

  18. A Case of Cryptogenic Stroke Associated with Patent Foramen Ovale Coexisting with Pulmonary Embolisms, Deep Vein Thromboses, and Renal Artery Infarctions

    Park, Moon-Sik; Park, Jong-Pil; Yun, So-Hee; Lee, Jae-Un; Kim, Joong-Keun; Lee, Na-Eun; Song, Ji-Eun; Lee, Shin-Eun; John, Sung-Hee; Lim, Ji-Hyun; Rhew, Jay-Young

    2012-01-01

    A paradoxical embolism is defined as a systemic arterial embolism requiring the passage of a venous thrombus into the arterial circulatory system through a right-to-left shunt, and is commonly related to patent foramen ovale (PFO). However, coexisting pulmonary embolisms, deep vein thromboses (DVT), and multipe systemic arterial embolisms, associated with PFO, are rare. Here, we report a patient who had a cryptogenic ischemic stroke, associated with PFO, which is complicated with a massive pu...

  19. Fatal pulmonary embolism in hospitalized patients. Clinical diagnosis versus pathological confirmation

    Cláudio Tinoco Mesquita

    1999-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE - To assess the incidence of fatal pulmonary embolism (FPE, the accuracy of clinical diagnosis, and the profile of patients who suffered an FPE in a tertiary University Hospital. METHODS - Analysis of the records of 3,890 autopsies performed at the Department of General Pathology from January 1980 to December 1990. RESULTS - Among the 3,980 autopsies, 109 were cases of clinically suspected FPE; of these, 28 cases of FPE were confirmed. FPE accounted for 114 deaths, with clinical suspicion in 28 cases. The incidence of FPE was 2.86%. No difference in sex distribution was noted. Patients in the 6th decade of life were most affected. The following conditions were more commonly related to FPE: neoplasias (20% and heart failure (18.5%. The conditions most commonly misdiagnosed as FPE were pulmonary edema (16%, pneumonia (15% and myocardial infarction (10%. The clinical diagnosis of FPE showed a sensitivity of 25.6%, a specificity of 97.9%, and an accuracy of 95.6%. CONCLUSION - The diagnosis of pulmonary embolism made on clinical grounds still has considerable limitations.

  20. Postoperative pulmonary embolism in a three year old with Klippel–Trenaunay syndrome

    Jana Hudcova

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Jana Hudcova1, Monica Kleinman2, Daniel Talmor11Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; 2Department of Anesthesia, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USAAbstract: Massive pulmonary embolism (PE in a small child is a rare event and unified guidelines for its treatment are missing. Timely diagnosis and management of massive pulmonary embolism is of crucial importance for a good outcome. We describe a unique management of PE causing oxygenation failure using a combination of catheter extraction technique, and regional thrombolysis on top of systemic heparin administration and inferior vena cava filter placement. Pulmonary hypertension was treated with inhaled nitric oxide. We believe that catheter extraction technique and regional thrombolysis is an option to consider provided that resources and expertise are available. Preoperative placement of an inferior vena cava filter should be contemplated in such high risk situations.Keywords: embolectomy, regional thrombolysis, inferior vena cava filter, inhaled nitric oxide

  1. Pulmonary Artery Denervation Reduces Pulmonary Artery Pressure and Induces Histological Changes in an Acute Porcine Model of Pulmonary Hypertension

    Rothman, A.M.K.; Arnold, N D; Chang, W.; Watson, O.; Swift, A J; Condliffe, R; Elliot, C A; Kiely, D. G.; Suvarna, S K; Gunn, J.; Lawrie, A.

    2015-01-01

    Background— Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a devastating disease with high morbidity and mortality and limited treatment options. Recent studies have shown that pulmonary artery denervation improves pulmonary hemodynamics in an experimental model and in an early clinical trial. We aimed to evaluate the nerve distribution around the pulmonary artery, to determine the effect of radiofrequency pulmonary artery denervation on acute pulmonary hypertension induced by vasoconstriction, and to de...

  2. [Diagnosing pulmonary embolism during pregnancy: how should we do?].

    Soulier V; Righini M; Perrier A

    2014-10-22

    No diagnostic strategy for pulmonary embo- lism (PE) during pregnancy is based on strong evidence and unanimously accepted. Clinical scores are not validated. The diagnostic yield of the non radiating tests is low: D-dimer is rarely negative in pregnant women and lower limb venous compression ultrasonography is poorly sensitive. Nevertheless, they are still recommended as first line exams. The radia- ting exams (ventilation-perfusion scintigra- phy and thoracic angio-CT) have an equiva- lent diagnostic yield (more than 90%). But both raise the risk of cancer: any childhood cancer for the fetus (scintigraphy), and breast cancer for the mother (angio-CT). However, the diagnosis of PE in the pregnant woman has a major impact and must be established with certainty, even if this requires performing radiation imaging. PMID:25518203

  3. Massive hemoptysis due to pulmonary tuberculosis: management with bronchial artery embolization

    Objective: To evaluate the clinical effects of interventional bronchial artery embolization in the management of massive hemoptysis as a complication of pulmonary tuberculosis. Methods: Interventional bronchial arterial embolization was performed in 26 cases with secondary pulmonary tuberculosis and massive hemoptysis. Tuberculosis was found in bilateral lung in 20 cases out of 26. Unilateral lung was evolved in the rest 6. The dose of hemoptysis was 200 ml/d-1200 ml/d. Bronchial arteriography was undertaken and the target blood vessel was confirmed in all patients. Then PVA grain or silk segment (1-2 mm) were injected into bronchial artery until blood flow was blocked. The procedures were guided under the fluoroscopy. Gelfoam particles were used in 2 cases when tortuous feeding arteries were revealed in angiogram. Results: Bleeding was demonstrated in 58 branches of bronchial artery in all cases. 19 cases were bilateral and 7 unilateral. After the primary intervention, hemoptysis was controlled completely in 23 patients, slight hemoptysis was noted in 2 patients, and no improvement was obtained in one patient. The short term efficiency was 96.1%. No serious complication occurred. In a post-interventional follow up of 6 months to 6 years, 3 patients had relapse after 6 months and reembolization with silk segments was done. The other 23 patients were in stable condition. Long-term efficiency was 88.4%. Conclusion: Embolization of bronchial artery with PVA grain or with silk segments is an effective and safe method in the management of hemoptysis as a complication of pulmonary tuberculosis, especially in patients with severe hemoptysis. The anti-tuberculosis chemotherapy is helpful in preventing the relapse. (authors)

  4. Critical appraisal of dabigatran in the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism

    Ogbonna KC

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Kelechi C Ogbonna, Dave L Dixon Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, Richmond, VA, USA Objective: To compare the safety and efficacy of dabigatran to warfarin for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Background: Venous thromboembolism (VTE is a disease comprised of two conditions: deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. VTE is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide with an annual incidence estimated at 1–3 cases per 1,000 individuals. This incidence increases with age from 0.1 per 1,000 in adolescence to eight per 1,000 in those 80 years of age and older. As the proportion of patients 65 years of age and older expands, the number of patients presenting with VTE will also increase. Anticoagulation remains the cornerstone of VTE treatment. Traditionally, vitamin K antagonists have been used to minimize the risk of thrombus extension and for secondary prevention. Unpredictable pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, routine monitoring, drug–food and drug–drug interactions, and potentially severe adverse events have all been cited as barriers to optimal care. Dabigatran has been proposed as a suitable alternative to warfarin therapy in the treatment of VTE. Therefore, a critical appraisal of dabigatran's safety and efficacy is necessary to determine its role in therapy. Conclusion: Dabigatran remains an alternative to warfarin therapy for the treatment of VTE. However, dabigatran also has distinct disadvantages that warrant consideration. Clinicians must ensure that drug characteristics align with patient characteristics to optimize patient outcomes. Keywords: venous thromboembolism, pulmonary embolisms, venous thrombosis, anticoagulants, warfarin sodium, dabigatran etexilate mesylate

  5. Diagnosis of pulmonary embolism with spiral CT as a second procedure following scintigraphy

    Strijen, Marco J.L. van; Kieft, Gerard J. [Department of Radiology, Leyenburg Ziekenhuis, Leyweg 275, 2545 CH The Hague (Netherlands); Monye, Wouter de; Bloem, Johan L. [Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, P.O. Box 9600, 2300 RC Leiden (Netherlands); Pattynama, Peter M.T. [Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, P.O. Box 9600, 2300 RC Leiden (Netherlands); Department of Radiology, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, Dr. Molewaterplein 40, 3015 GD Rotterdam (Netherlands); Huisman, Menno V. [Leiden University Medical Center, Dept. of General Internal Medicine, P.O. Box 9600, 2300 RC Leiden (Netherlands); Smith, Sierd J. [Department of Internal Medicine, Leyenburg Hospital, Leyweg 275, 2545 CH The Hague (Netherlands)

    2003-07-01

    Heading Abstract.Our objective was to evaluate, in a routine clinical setting, the role of spiral CT as a second procedure in patients with clinically suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) and abnormal perfusion scan. We prospectively studied the role of spiral CT in 279 patients suspected of PE. All patients started their diagnostic algorithm with chest radiographs and perfusion scintigraphy. Depending on the results of perfusion scintigraphy, patients proceeded to subsequent levels in the algorithm: stop if perfusion scintigraphy was normal; CT and pulmonary angiography if subsegmental perfusion defects were seen; ventilation scintigraphy followed by CT when segmental perfusion defects were seen; and pulmonary angiography in this last group when results of ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy and CT were incongruent. Reference diagnosis was based on normal perfusion scintigraphy, high probability perfusion/ventilation scintigraphy in combination with abnormal CT, or pulmonary angiography. If PE was present, the largest involved branch was noted on pulmonary angiography, or on spiral CT scan in case of a high-probability ventilation/perfusion scan and a positive CT scan. A distinction was made between embolism in a segmental branch or larger, or subsegmental embolism. Two hundred seventy-nine patients had abnormal scintigraphy. In 27 patients spiral CT and/or pulmonary angiography were non-diagnostic and these were excluded for image analysis. Using spiral CT we correctly identified 117 of 135 patients with PE, and 106 of 117 patients without PE. Sensitivity and specificity was therefore 87 and 91%, respectively. Prevalence of PE was 53%. Positive and negative predictive values were, respectively, 91 and 86%. In the high-probability group, sensitivity and specificity increased to 97 and 100%, respectively, with a prevalence of 90%. In the non-high probability-group sensitivity and specificity decreased to 61 and 89%, respectively, with a prevalence of 25%. In a routine

  6. Diagnosis of pulmonary embolism with spiral CT as a second procedure following scintigraphy

    Heading Abstract.Our objective was to evaluate, in a routine clinical setting, the role of spiral CT as a second procedure in patients with clinically suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) and abnormal perfusion scan. We prospectively studied the role of spiral CT in 279 patients suspected of PE. All patients started their diagnostic algorithm with chest radiographs and perfusion scintigraphy. Depending on the results of perfusion scintigraphy, patients proceeded to subsequent levels in the algorithm: stop if perfusion scintigraphy was normal; CT and pulmonary angiography if subsegmental perfusion defects were seen; ventilation scintigraphy followed by CT when segmental perfusion defects were seen; and pulmonary angiography in this last group when results of ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy and CT were incongruent. Reference diagnosis was based on normal perfusion scintigraphy, high probability perfusion/ventilation scintigraphy in combination with abnormal CT, or pulmonary angiography. If PE was present, the largest involved branch was noted on pulmonary angiography, or on spiral CT scan in case of a high-probability ventilation/perfusion scan and a positive CT scan. A distinction was made between embolism in a segmental branch or larger, or subsegmental embolism. Two hundred seventy-nine patients had abnormal scintigraphy. In 27 patients spiral CT and/or pulmonary angiography were non-diagnostic and these were excluded for image analysis. Using spiral CT we correctly identified 117 of 135 patients with PE, and 106 of 117 patients without PE. Sensitivity and specificity was therefore 87 and 91%, respectively. Prevalence of PE was 53%. Positive and negative predictive values were, respectively, 91 and 86%. In the high-probability group, sensitivity and specificity increased to 97 and 100%, respectively, with a prevalence of 90%. In the non-high probability-group sensitivity and specificity decreased to 61 and 89%, respectively, with a prevalence of 25%. In a routine

  7. Echocardiographic diagnosis, management and monitoring of pulmonary embolism with right heart thrombus in a patient with myotonic dystrophy: a case report

    Baumann Gert

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Acute pulmonary embolism (PE is a common disease which frequently results in life-threatening right ventricular (RV failure. High-risk PE, presenting with hypotension, shock, RV dysfunction or right heart thrombus is associated with a high mortality, particularly during the first few hours. Accordingly, it is important to commence effective therapy as soon as possible. In the case described in this report, a 49-year-old woman with myotonic dystrophy type 1 presented with acute respiratory failure and hypotension. Transthoracic echocardiography showed signs of right heart failure and a mobile right heart mass highly suspicious of a thrombus. Based on echocardiographic findings, acute thrombolysis was performed resulting in hemodynamic stabilization of the patient and complete resolution of the right heart thrombus. This case underscores the important role of transthoracic echocardiography for the diagnosis, management and monitoring of PE and underlines the efficacy and safety of thrombolysis in the treatment of PE associated with right heart thrombus.

  8. Fatal bilateral lower-limb deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism following single digit replantation.

    Leung, Anderson S M; Fok, Margaret W M; Fung, Boris K K

    2015-06-01

    Venous thromboembolism in hand surgery is rare. There is no report in the literature on postoperative mortality from venous thromboembolism following microsurgery in upper limbs. We report the case of a 56-year-old Chinese man who died from pulmonary embolism as a result of bilateral lower-limb deep vein thrombosis following prolonged surgery under general anaesthesia after replantation of a finger. This case raises awareness of the need for precautions against venous thromboembolism following prolonged microsurgery and identification of high-risk patients. PMID:26045073

  9. A Rare Cause of Pulmonary Embolism and Seizure in a Young Man: Antiphospholipid Syndrome

    Lu, Shu-Hsu; Wang, Yi-Chen; Wu, Yi-Shan; Huang, Shih-Chung; Lin, Chin-Sheng

    2016-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a complication of underlying vascular thrombosis. The causes of PE are multi-factorial, and patients with PE present with various symptoms. We herein have presented the case of a 21-year-old man who initially developed palpitation, dyspnea, and seizure. Computed tomography of the chest ultimately indicated PE, and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) was diagnosed with clinical thrombosis events and series presence of antiphospholipid antibodies. APS commonly causes vascular thrombosis within the vascular tree; however, nonthrombotic manifestations, such as seizure, may also occur. Clinicians should be aware of such non-thrombotic manifestations of APS to avoid misdiagnosis and inappropriate management. PMID:27122957

  10. Venous extravasation and polymethylmethacrylate pulmonary embolism following fluoroscopy-guided percutaneous vertebroplasty

    Percutaneous vertebroplasty has gained widespread popularity and demonstrated clinical efficacy in the treatment of spinal osteoporotic compression fractures and pathologic osteolytic lesions. Despite its rapid pain relief and safety, this minimally invasive intervention has exhibited some rare complications over the past decade. In this case study, we describe a patient with an uncommon complication of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) cement pulmonary embolism following fluoroscopy-guided percutaneous vertebroplasty for treatment of pain associated with an osteoporotic vertebral fracture. We present this case to highlight that vertebroplasty is not risk-free and that knowledge of such potentially severe complication is necessary for prevention and optimal operative outcomes

  11. Ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism; Pulmonale Perfusions- und Ventilationsszintigraphie in der Diagnostik der Lungenarterienembolie

    Poeppel, T.D. [Universitaetsklinikum Essen, Nuklearmedizinische Klinik, Essen (Germany); Krause, B.J. [Universitaetsklinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Nuklearmedizinische Klinik und Poliklinik, Muenchen (Germany)

    2007-08-15

    Diagnosis of venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism is a common clinical problem. Imaging results frequently play a central role in the clinical decision process. This article on nuclear medicine procedures in the diagnosis of suspected pulmonary embolism provides information on pathophysiological basics, commonly used radiopharmaceuticals as well as procedure and interpretation of ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy. (orig.) [German] Die Diagnosestellung einer venoesen Thrombose und Lungenembolie erweist sich klinisch zumeist als schwierig. Die bildgebende Diagnostik stellt dann oftmals die entscheidende Untersuchung im klinischen Entscheidungsprozess dar. Der vorliegende Beitrag zu den nuklearmedizinischen Verfahren in der Diagnostik der Lungenarterienembolie erlaeutert die pathophysiologischen Grundlagen, die verwendeten Radiopharmaka sowie die Durchfuehrung und Interpretation der Perfusions- und Ventilationsszintigraphie. (orig.)

  12. Nicardipine-induced acute pulmonary edema: a rare but severe complication of tocolysis.

    Serena, Claire; Begot, Emmanuelle; Cros, Jérôme; Hodler, Charles; Fedou, Anne Laure; Nathan-Denizot, Nathalie; Clavel, Marc

    2014-01-01

    We report four cases of acute pulmonary edema that occurred during treatment by intravenous tocolysis using nicardipine in pregnancy patients with no previous heart problems. Clinical severity justified hospitalization in intensive care unit (ICU) each time. Acute dyspnea has begun at an average of 63 hours after initiation of treatment. For all patients, the first diagnosis suspected was pulmonary embolism. The patients' condition improved rapidly with appropriate diuretic treatment and by modifying the tocolysis. The use of intravenous nicardipine is widely used for tocolysis in France even if its prescription does not have a marketing authorization. The pathophysiological mechanisms of this complication remain unclear. The main reported risk factors are spontaneous preterm labor, multiple pregnancy, concomitant obstetrical disease, association with beta-agonists, and fetal lung maturation corticotherapy. A better knowledge of this rare but serious adverse event should improve the management of patients. Nifedipine or atosiban, the efficiency of which tocolysis was also studied, could be an alternative. PMID:25215245

  13. Nicardipine-Induced Acute Pulmonary Edema: A Rare but Severe Complication of Tocolysis

    Claire Serena

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We report four cases of acute pulmonary edema that occurred during treatment by intravenous tocolysis using nicardipine in pregnancy patients with no previous heart problems. Clinical severity justified hospitalization in intensive care unit (ICU each time. Acute dyspnea has begun at an average of 63 hours after initiation of treatment. For all patients, the first diagnosis suspected was pulmonary embolism. The patients' condition improved rapidly with appropriate diuretic treatment and by modifying the tocolysis. The use of intravenous nicardipine is widely used for tocolysis in France even if its prescription does not have a marketing authorization. The pathophysiological mechanisms of this complication remain unclear. The main reported risk factors are spontaneous preterm labor, multiple pregnancy, concomitant obstetrical disease, association with beta-agonists, and fetal lung maturation corticotherapy. A better knowledge of this rare but serious adverse event should improve the management of patients. Nifedipine or atosiban, the efficiency of which tocolysis was also studied, could be an alternative.

  14. Detection of pulmonary embolism with gadolinium-enhanced dual energy CT: an experimental study

    Objective: To evaluate the feasibility of gadolinium-enhanced dual energy CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in detecting pulmonary embolism (PE). Methods: In vitro dual energy CT of phantoms of gadolinium and iodinated contrast agents with different diluted ratio was performed, and CT values were measured at different tube voltages. Ten rabbits which were grouped into 3 ml/kg and 5 ml/kg groups underwent dual energy CT scan. CT values of pulmonary artery trunk and the first branch of pulmonary artery were measured. Sponge gelatin were injected into the femoral vein of 6 rabbits to make PE model next day, then lungs were re-imaged with dual energy CT 2 h after embolization. Creatinine was repeatedly measured before and one day after injection of gadolinium via ear marginal vein or femoral vein sampling.One-way ANOVA test and independent student t test were used to analyze the difference of pulmonary artery enhancement between different groups. Results: (1) Compared with iodinated contrast agent, CT value of gadolinium-based contrast agent at 80 kV was higher than those at 140 kV and average-weighted 120 kV. (2) At 140, 80, and average weighted 120 kV, CT values of pulmonary artery trunk [CT values were (463.1 ± 118.0), (664.2 ± 188.0), (522.9 ± 137.7) HU] and of the first branch of pulmonary artery [ CT values were (445.1 ± 82.3), (606.7 ± 207.2), (493.4 ± 117.3) HU] were higher than those at 3 ml/kg [CT value of pulmonary artery trunk was (258.1 ± 55.1), (384.0 ± 92.3), (295.4 ± 73.6) HU, CT value of the first branch of pulmonary artery (245.0 ± 73.2), (309.1 ± 94.2), (263.8 ±78.5) HU; all P<0.05]. CT values of pulmonary artery trunk and the first branch of pulmonary artery at 80 kV were higher than those at 140 kV and average-weighted 120 kV (pulmonary artery trunk: F=6.004, P=0.005; the first branch of pulmonary artery: F=4.374, P=0.018). In 6 rabbits, CTPA showed the enhancement cut-off of bilateral pulmonary arteries, gadolinium mapping showed

  15. Medical image of the week: saddle pulmonary embolism

    Jaffer F

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. A 66-year-old woman with recent history of left knee surgery and L2-L5 spinal fusion within the past month presented to the Emergency Department (ED with pleuritic chest pain and shortness of breath for three days. On admission, reported crushing diffuse substernal chest pain worsened to 10/10 on the pain scale on the day of presentation. In the ED, physical examination was remarkable for tachycardia, tachypnea, diaphoresis and hypotension. Initial electrocardiogram was significant for sinus tachycardia with S1Q3T3 pattern. thoracic computed tomography angiogram (CTA showed saddle pulmonary embolus (PE with extension into segmental vasculature, right greater than left (Figure 1. A bedside echocardiogram demonstrated diastolic and systolic bowing of the intraventricular septum into the left ventricle. An emergent trans-thoracic echocardiogram confirmed flattened septum consistent with right ventricle pressure overload with right ventricular systolic pressure of 55 mmHg + central venous pressure (CVP and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction of 38%. Her ...

  16. Acute pulmonary rejection in heart and lung transplant recipients

    Acute pulmonary rejection occurs in up to 50% of patients undergoing heart and lung transplant procedures. These patients are also susceptible to volume overload and pneumonia. To evaluate the radiographic and high-resolution CT appearances of acute pulmonary rejection, we compared chest radiographs and high-resolution CT scans with the clinical findings and with histologic and lavage data from 91 serial transbronchial biopsies in 13 patients. The radiographic appearance of acute pulmonary rejection is characterized by prominent septal lines and pleural effusions. The authors conclude that in the appropriate clinical setting, the appearance of new pleural effusions and prominent septal lines is highly suggestive of acute pulmonary rejections

  17. Sonography after splenic embolization: the wedge-shaped acute infarct

    After undergoing therapeutic transcatheter embolization of the splenic artery for treatment of portal hypertension, 11 consecutive patients were evaluated with sulfur colloid scintigraphy and real-time sonography of the left upper quadrant to determine which method was better for follow-up evaluation of the spleen. Six splenic infarcts were documented by both imaging methods; sonography, however, demonstrated the characteristic wedge shape of the infarct in four of the six cases. There were no cases of splenic abscess formation. Sonography should be the primary method for evaluation of the spleen after transcatheter embolization and can help in planning treatment to avoid abscess formation

  18. Effectiveness of embolization for management of hemoptysis pulmonary tuberculosis: comparison of chest radiographic study and angiography

    To compare the effectiveness of embolization of the bronchial artery embolization for the management of hemoptysis in pulmonary tuberculosis cases with the severity of lung parenchymal injury and pleural infiltration, as seen on plain chest radiographs, and with the findings of angiography of the branchial artery. Among 265 patients with hemoptysis due to pulmonary tuberculosis, the findings of plain chest radiography and angiography of the bronchial artery were comparatively analyzed in the 206 for whom the results of follow up were available. The chest radiographin findings were classified as follows: Type I refers to simple pulmonary tuberculosis; Type II includes cases in which pulmonary tuberculosis is complicated by bronchiectasis, aspergillosis, or cavitation; Type III si either Types I or II acompainted by pleural in filtrates limited to the lung apex, and Type IV includes cases in which pleural infiltrates have extended beyond the apex in the whole the lung. Bronchial angiographic findings were divided into four groups: Group I consists of cases which show abnormalities of only the bronchial artery; Group II includes those in which abnormalities are seen in the bronchial artery and either the internal mammary or an intercostal artery; Group III comprises cases which belong to Group I or II and which a bronch of the subclavian artery is abnormal, and Group IV includes those in which abnormalities occur in at least two branches of the subclavian artery, or there is direct visualization of hypervascularity of this vessel. The initial post-embolic hemostatic effect and the results of follow up were studied over a six-month period. As compared with simple pulmonary tuberculosis (Type I), we found that as the severity of pleural infiltration and complications revealed by plain chest radiographs increased (Type II, III, IV), so did the severity of the manifestation of systemic collateral arteries other than the bronchial artery, as depicted by increased on

  19. A large un-ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm causing pulmonary embolism.

    Sajjad, Jahangir; Ahmed, Abubakr; Coveney, Andrew; Fulton, Gregory

    2015-01-01

    A 79 years old woman presented in a peripheral hospital with dyspnea, right-sided pleuritic chest pain and cough for 3 days. On examination, she was tachycardiac and tachypneic. She had reduced air entry bilaterally on auscultation. Computed tomography-pulmonary angiogram, performed in peripheral Hospital, confirmed the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism, and she was commenced on warfarin. Ultrasonography showed no evidence of deep venous thrombosis in legs; however, ultrasound of the abdomen revealed an aortic aneurysm. She was hemodynamically stable on transfer to vascular surgery department, and her complete clinical examination revealed a pulsatile mass in the central abdomen. Computed tomography angiogram of aorta showed 8.7-cm abdominal aortic aneurysm. Venogram performed during inferior vena cava (IVC) filter insertion showed that IVC was displaced and compressed due to this large aortic aneurysm, causing thromboembolism. An open repair of the aneurysm was performed with uneventful recovery. PMID:26205717

  20. Incidental Findings in Patients Evaluated for Pulmonary Embolism Using Computed Tomography Angiography

    Masoud Pezeshki Rad

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Pulmonary embolism (PE is a common lethal disease that its clinical symptoms may be seen in many other diseases. Computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA is a valuable diagnostic modality for detection of PE. In addition, it can accurately detect the other diseases with clinical symptoms similar to PE. The aim of this study is to evaluate the frequency of PE and nonembolic disease with similar clinical symptoms including pulmonary, pleural, mediastinal, and cardiovascular diseases that have been detected by CTPA and to describe the importance of reporting these CT findings. Materials and Methods: In this cross‐sectional study, we evaluated the medical records of CTPA in 300 patients of suspected PE between March 2012 and February 2013 in Imam Reza Hospital and Ghaem Hospital in Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran. Demographic information and the results of CTPA of these patients were re‐evaluated. One radiologist reviewed all of the CTPA and the results have been analyzed by SPSS‐16 software. Results: In this study, PE was detected in 18.7% of patients. Multiple incidental imaging findings were diagnosed as follow: pulmonary consolidation (33.2%, pleural effusion (48.7%, pulmonary nodules (10%, pulmonary masses (1.3%, pneumothorax (4.7%, mediastinal mass and lymphadenopathy (9.3%, aortic calcification (42%, coronary arteries calcification (27.3%, mitral valve calcification (2 %, cardiomegaly (30.7%, and the evidences of right ventricular dysfunction (6.7%. Conclusion: A group of disease can cause the clinical symptoms similar to that of PE. Among them, pulmonary consolidation and pleural effusion have much higher frequency than PE. In addition, CTPA can show pathologic findings in the patients that need follow‐up. It is important to detect and report these imaging findings because some of them may change the treatment and prognosis of patient who are suspected to have PE.

  1. Computer processsing of perfusion, ventilation, and V/Q images to highlight pulmonary embolism

    A method is described for generating regional ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) images of the lung to aid assessment of suspected pulmonary embolism, especially in patients with obstructive airways disease. The radionuclide scans used for this are stored on a computer and comprise: lung perfusion (P) with Tc-99m MAA, lung ventilation at equilibrium (E) with Xe-127, and the sum of the Xe-127 washout images (W). A functional ventilation image is calculated as V = E/W and a functional perfusion image as Q = P/E. Finally a ventilation perfusion ratio image is obtained by taking V/Q. This is normalised by a factor determined from the cumulative frequency distributions of the counts per pixel in the Q and V images so that areas which are well ventilated and perfused are given a V/Q value of 1.0. Areas with normalised V/Q values > 1.5 suggest pulmonary embolism. In 100 studies on patients with abnormal perfusion scans this method proved very helpful by assisting the recognition or exculsion of areas with abnormally high V/Q values. (orig.)

  2. Titanium greenfield inferior vena cava filter; effectiveness of percutaneous placement for prevention of pulmonary embolism

    Jeong, Bong Gak; Hahn, Seong Tai; Jung, Jung Im; Lee, Sang Hoon; Koh, Ki Young; Park, Seog Hee; Shinn, Kyung Sub [The Catholic Univ. of Korea, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2000-11-01

    To evaluate the effectiveness of percutaneous placement of a Greenfield titanium filter in the inferior vena cava (IVC) for the prevention of pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Twelve patients with DVT underwent percutaneous Greenfield titanium filter placement. The indications included recurrent pulmonary embolism or failed anticoagulation therapy in six patients, extensive PE in three, and prophylaxis for high risk of PE in the remaining three. In all cases the filter was positioned after confirming the anatomy, patency, and presence of thrombosis of the IVC and renal veins by inferior vena cavography. Long-term follow-up study involved clinical evaluation, plain radiography, Doppler ultrasonography and CT scanning. Filter placement [infrarenal in ten patients (83%) and suprarenal in two (17%)] was technically successful in all cases (100%). The venous approach involved the right femoral vein in eight patients (67%) and the right internal jugular vein in four (33%). Complications included overlapping of the filter legs in three patients (25%), and misplacement in one (8%). After filter placement, no further PE developed. In all of five patients followed up for two years, the IVC maintained patency without evidence of caval perforation or occlusion. In patients with DVT, percutaneous placement of a Greenfield titanium filter is a safe and effective method for the prevention of PE.

  3. Titanium greenfield inferior vena cava filter; effectiveness of percutaneous placement for prevention of pulmonary embolism

    To evaluate the effectiveness of percutaneous placement of a Greenfield titanium filter in the inferior vena cava (IVC) for the prevention of pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Twelve patients with DVT underwent percutaneous Greenfield titanium filter placement. The indications included recurrent pulmonary embolism or failed anticoagulation therapy in six patients, extensive PE in three, and prophylaxis for high risk of PE in the remaining three. In all cases the filter was positioned after confirming the anatomy, patency, and presence of thrombosis of the IVC and renal veins by inferior vena cavography. Long-term follow-up study involved clinical evaluation, plain radiography, Doppler ultrasonography and CT scanning. Filter placement [infrarenal in ten patients (83%) and suprarenal in two (17%)] was technically successful in all cases (100%). The venous approach involved the right femoral vein in eight patients (67%) and the right internal jugular vein in four (33%). Complications included overlapping of the filter legs in three patients (25%), and misplacement in one (8%). After filter placement, no further PE developed. In all of five patients followed up for two years, the IVC maintained patency without evidence of caval perforation or occlusion. In patients with DVT, percutaneous placement of a Greenfield titanium filter is a safe and effective method for the prevention of PE

  4. Imaging diagnosis of acute pulmonary thromboembolism

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a frequent disease which requires an accurate diagnosis in order to establish an effective treatment considering that anticoagulant therapy may lead to complications. Lung ventilation / perfusion scintigraphy (LS V/Q) has been employed as the imaging meted of choice in patients with suspicion of PE. Pulmonary angiography is considered invasive, hence its utilization is usually reserved for otherwise unresolved cases. Other methods like venous Doppler ultrasound and echocardiography have a complementary role or are not widely indicated. The introduction of spiral CT (SCT), specially with multislice capabilities has made available a fast, relatively economic and efficient method for non-invasive diagnosis of PE. Availability of the technique is increasing and it has been included in some diagnostic algorithms for PE as the initial method of evaluation (and sometimes the only one). However, most research has been performed comparing this state-of-the-art technology with classical radionuclide protocols instead of using updated techniques such as SPECT and ultrafine radio aerosols. Moreover, SCT delivers much higher dose rates to the patient which must be taken into account specially in young individuals. In general, available evidence shows superior sensitivity of LS V/Q with higher specificity of SCT, within a context of similar overall accuracy provided optimized protocols are employed. Interpretation criteria for LS V/Q should be revised in an attempt to minimize indeterminate results, and together with the routine utilization of SPECT and novel ventilation systems should improve the performance of LS V/Q. The choice of the initial diagnostic modality should be guided by a correct determination of pre-test probability, clinical characteristics of the patient potentially influencing the efficacy and safety of the method, availability of the different techniques, relative costs and operator's experience. Such a selective and pragmatic

  5. Effectiveness of Thrombolytic Therapy in Acute Embolic Stroke due to Infective Endocarditis

    Sontineni, Siva P.; Mooss, Aryan N.; Andukuri, Venkata G.; Susan Marie Schima; Dennis Esterbrooks

    2009-01-01

    Objective. To identify the role of thrombolytic therapy in acute embolic stroke due to infective endocarditis. Design. Case report. Setting. University hospital. Patient. A 70-year-old male presented with acute onset aphasia and hemiparesis due to infective endocarditis. His head computerized tomographic scan revealed left parietal sulcal effacement. He was given intravenous tissue plasminogen activator with significant resolution of the neurologic deficits without complications. Main Outcome...

  6. Bihemispheric Paradoxical Cerebral Embolism in a Patient with Pulmonary Thromboembolism and Presumptive Fistula Right-to-Left Shunt.

    Zanati Bazan, Silméia Garcia; Braga, Gabriel Pereira; Luvizutto, Gustavo José; Trindade, André Petean; Pontes-Neto, Octávio Marques; Bazan, Rodrigo

    2016-06-01

    We report a case of a bihemispheric paradoxical cerebral embolism in a patient with pulmonary thromboembolism and presumptive pulmonary arteriovenous fistula. The echocardiogram showed no intracardiac shunt, and the transcranial Doppler (TCD) revealed spontaneous microembolic signals in the middle cerebral arteries (MCAs), and late passage of a higher number of microembolic signals in the MCAs, compatible with right-to-left shunt (RLS). The TCD and the echocardiogram were useful for identifying the RLS when rapid neurological deterioration occurred. PMID:27105566

  7. Large diverticulum of the urinary bladder: A rare cause of deep vein thrombosis with consecutive pulmonary embolism

    Zimmermann, Oliver; Torzewski, Jan; Reichenbach-Klinke, Ekkehard; Zenk, Christine

    2015-01-01

    A 73-year-old man was admitted with progressive dyspnea; he also had benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). An angio computed tomography scan showed pulmonary embolism with thrombi in both main pulmonary arteries. By duplex ultrasonography, we detected a thrombus in the right vena femoralis superficialis and vena femoralis communis. Simultaneously, we also noticed a large diverticulum on the right side of the urinary bladder and urinary stasis II of the left kidney. We consider the BPH as the tr...

  8. A study on the relationship between deep vein thrombosis of lower extremities and pulmonary embolism

    Objective: To evaluate the relationship between deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) and the origin of PE. Methods: Fifty normal people and 200 patients with highly suspected PE and DVT of lower extremities underwent pulmonary perfusion/ventilation (P/V) imaging with 99Tcm-macroaggregated albumin (MAA) and 99Tcm-glucose phosphate (GP), 15 patients among them also underwent pulmonary artery angiography. Results: Fifty normal people gave normal images of P/V. Among 200 patients, 175 were with multiple PE, 25 were normal; among PE patients, 128 were with lower extremity venous disorders (73.14%), 25 cases without PE were all with extremity venous disorders; among 153 with lower extremity venous diseases, 128 were with PE (83.66%); 119 of them had DVT, 101 cases' PEs originated from iliofemoral vein thrombosis (84.87%). Conclusion: It is effective to diagnosis PE and its origin with combinative use of pulmonary perfusion/ventilation imaging and lower extremity vein imaging

  9. Noninvasive diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. Final report 1 Jul 79-30 Jun 81

    The noninvasive nature of diagnosing pulmonary embolism was investigated along two different lines: labeling of platelets with indium-111-oxine as a tracer to identify pulmonary emboli by gamma camera imaging (hot spot imaging) and by determination of platelet factor-4 release in patients with venous thromboembolism. Primary effort was devoted to the refinement of the process of labeling platelets to achieve maximum efficiency of labeling. Our current technique permits us to label with an efficiency approaching 80%, with minimal free indium. In addition, a closed system for labeling platelets was developed which maintains sterility in the final product. Animals with experimental pulmonary emboli could be imaged consistently to show 'hot' pulmonary emboli by scanning. However, it was shown that the presence of heparin in the blood interferes with the attachment of labeled platelets to thrombi, resulting in a negative scan. Without heparin, the scans become positive. It was also shown that heparin does not interfere with the labeling of platelets with indium-111-oxine. Results from the patient study of platelet factor-4 suggest that when active venous thromboembolism is present, levels of platelet factor-4 are elevated. Sufficient data are not yet available, however, to assess its true value as a marker for venous thromboembolism. Finally, work has almost been completed in the isolation of canine antibodies to platelet factor-4, permitting the development of this test in the experimental animal

  10. Clinically unsuspected pulmonary embolism-an important secondary finding in oncology CT

    AIM: To determine the rate of finding incidental pulmonary embolisms (PE) at staging or follow-up chest computed tomography (CT) in oncology patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three hundred and eighty-five consecutive chest CT examinations, performed in patients with cancer, were prospectively assessed during a 9-month period between October 2003 and June 2004. These were spiral acquisitions between 5 and 8 mm collimation acquired 25 s after intravenous contrast medium administration. PE was diagnosed if a filling defect was seen in the central pulmonary arteries on two or more consecutive slices. RESULTS: Ten of 385 (2.6%) of these patients had incidentally detected PE. This was not attributable to any specific malignancy or chemotherapeutic regimen. These emboli were all central, between the main pulmonary artery and the lobar level. Although the significance of these findings in patients not clinically suspected of having PE could be contentious, all the patients were started on therapeutic anticoagulation as a result of this observation. CONCLUSION: Over one in 40 oncology patients have incidental central PE visible on the CT images performed to assess their malignancy. Formal review of the pulmonary arteries, using a work station, is advised in patients with malignancy

  11. DIFFICULT WEANING AFTER PULMONARY ENDARTERECTOMY FO R CHRONIC PULMONARY EMBOLISM: A CASE REPORT

    Melchisedec; Sheetal; Bedi; Valsa; Anish G.

    2013-01-01

    SUMMARY: A 33 yrs old male presented with dyspnea on exertion since 6yrs was diagnosed to have chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (C TEPH) for which he underwent pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA) using deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA). After the operation the patient developed reperfusion edema and hypoxaemia because of which patient had delayed weaning from mechanical ventilation.

  12. Age-related incidence of pulmonary embolism and additional pathologic findings detected by computed tomography pulmonary angiography

    Groth, M., E-mail: groth.michael@googlemail.com [Center for Radiology and Endoscopy, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Henes, F.O., E-mail: f.henes@uke.uni-hamburg.de [Center for Radiology and Endoscopy, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Mayer, U., E-mail: mayer@uke.uni-hamburg.de [Emergency Department, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Regier, M., E-mail: m.regier@uke.uni-hamburg.de [Center for Radiology and Endoscopy, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Adam, G., E-mail: g.adam@uke.uni-hamburg.de [Center for Radiology and Endoscopy, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Begemann, P.G.C., E-mail: p.begemann@me.com [Center for Radiology and Endoscopy, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany)

    2012-08-15

    Objective: To compare the incidence of pulmonary embolism (PE) and additional pathologic findings (APF) detected by computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) according to different age-groups. Materials and methods: 1353 consecutive CTPA cases for suspected PE were retrospectively reviewed. Patients were divided into seven age groups: {<=}29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and {>=}80 years. Differences between the groups were tested using Fisher's exact or chi-square test. A p-value < 0.0024 indicated statistical significance when Bonferroni correction was used. Results: Incidence rates of PE ranged from 11.4% to 25.4% in different age groups. The three main APF were pleural effusion, pneumonia and pulmonary nodules. No significant difference was found between the incidences of PE in different age groups. Furthermore, APF in different age groups revealed no significant differences (all p-values > 0.0024). Conclusion: The incidences of PE and APF detected by CTPA reveal no significant differences between various age groups.

  13. Bullet embolism of pulmonary artery: a case report; Embolia pulmonar por projetil de arma de fogo: relato de caso

    Yamanari, Mauricio Gustavo Ieiri; Mansur, Maria Clara Dias; Kay, Fernando Uliana; Silverio, Paulo Rogerio Barboza; Jayanthi, Shri Krishna; Funari, Marcelo Buarque de Gusmao, E-mail: mauriciogustavo91@yahoo.com.br [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IHC-FMUSP), SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Hospital das Clinicas

    2014-03-15

    The authors report the case of a patient victim of gunshots, with a very rare complication: venous bullet embolism from the left external iliac vein to the lingular segment of the left pulmonary artery. Diagnosis is made with whole-body radiography or computed tomography. Digital angiography is reserved for supplementary diagnosis or to be used as a therapeutic procedure. (author)

  14. Catheter-Related Right Atrial Thrombus and Pulmonary Embolism: A Case Report and Systematic Review of the Literature

    Karen EA Burns

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Central venous catheters (CVCs are commonly used in clinical practice. One of the foremost complications associated with their use is the potential for symptomatic or asymptomatic thrombosis. CVC thrombosis, in turn, may not only result in vascular and catheter occlusion but also infection, pulmonary embolism, and formation of right heart thromboemboli. Thrombi within cardiac chambers are associated with an increased risk of mortality due to their potential for embolization to the pulmonary vasculature. We describe the case of a 77-year-old man, who was successfully thrombolyzed following detection of a right atrial thrombus and hemodynamically significant pulmonary embolism resulting from thrombus formation on the tip of a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC. The present article is the first report of a PICC-related right atrial thrombus in an adult treated with thrombolysis. A systematic review of the literature suggests that the true incidence of this complication may be underestimated because the diagnosis may not be considered in asymptomatic and symptomatic patients, or may be missed by transthoracic echocardiography. The present case highlights the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion for thromboembolic complications and heparin-induced thrombocytopenia in patients with CVCs or a PICC. It also underscores the important role of transesophageal echocardiography and thrombolysis in the diagnosis and management, respectively, of right heart thromboemboli with associated pulmonary embolism.

  15. Matrix metalloproteinase inhibition attenuates right ventricular dysfunction and improves responses to dobutamine during acute pulmonary thromboembolism

    Neto-Neves, Evandro M; Sousa-Santos, Ozelia; Ferraz, Karina C; Rizzi, Elen; Ceron, Carla S; Romano, Minna M D; Gali, Luis G; Maciel, Benedito C; Schulz, Richard; Gerlach, Raquel F; Tanus-Santos, Jose E

    2013-01-01

    Activated matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) cause cardiomyocyte injury during acute pulmonary thromboembolism (APT). However, the functional consequences of this alteration are not known. We examined whether doxycycline (a MMP inhibitor) improves right ventricle function and the cardiac responses to dobutamine during APT. APT was induced with autologous blood clots (350 mg/kg) in anaesthetized male lambs pre-treated with doxycycline (Doxy, 10 mg/kg/day, intravenously) or saline. Non-embolized control lambs received doxycycline pre-treatment or saline. The responses to intravenous dobutamine (Dob, 1, 5, 10 μg/kg/min.) or saline infusions at 30 and 120 min. after APT induction were evaluated by echocardiography. APT increased mean pulmonary artery pressure and pulmonary vascular resistance index by ∼185%. Doxycycline partially prevented APT-induced pulmonary hypertension (P  0.05). RV dysfunction on stress echocardiography was observed in embolized lambs (APT+Dob group) but not in embolized animals pre-treated with doxycycline (Doxy+APT+Dob). APT increased MMP-9 activity, oxidative stress and gelatinolytic activity in the RV. Although doxycycline had no effects on RV MMP-9 activity, it prevented the increases in RV oxidative stress and gelatinolytic activity (P < 0.05). APT increased serum cardiac troponin I concentrations (P < 0.05), doxycycline partially prevented this alteration (P < 0.05). We found evidence to support that doxycycline prevents RV dysfunction and improves the cardiac responses to dobutamine during APT. PMID:24199964

  16. Present state of radiological diagnostics in acute pulmonary failure

    Acute pulmonary failure is a very serious cause of respiratory failure. Radiological diagnosis occupies a central position in intensive-care monitoring. X-ray film of the thorax is performed not only for detecting any complications, but mainly for noninvasive and semiquantitative determination of the extravascular pulmonary fluid and hence of the fluid balance. Other methods such as MR or methods of nuclear medicine have not acquired substantial importance in respect of diagnosis and monitoring acute pulmonary failure. (orig./GDG)

  17. Efficacy of Solitaire™ Stent Arterial Embolectomy in Treating Acute Cardiogenic Cerebral Embolism in 17 Patients.

    Fu, Maolin; He, Wenqin; Dai, Weizheng; Ye, Yingan; Ruan, Zhifang; Wang, Shuanghu; Xie, Huifang

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND Thrombolysis with rtPA is the only accepted drug therapy for acute ischemic stroke. Since acute cerebral stroke is so pervasive, newly developed recanalization methods have the potential for wide-ranging impacts on patient health and safety. We explored the efficacy and safety of Solitaire stent arterial embolectomy in the treatment of acute cardiogenic cerebral embolism. MATERIAL AND METHODS Between October 2012 and June 2015, 17 patients underwent Solitaire stent arterial embolectomy, either alone or in combination with rtPA intravenous thrombolysis, to treat acute cardiogenic cerebral embolism. Sheath placement time, vascular recanalization time, number of embolectomy attempts, and IV rtPA dose and time were recorded. Success and safety of the recanalization procedure, as well as clinical outcomes, were assessed. These results were compared to 16 control patients who were treated using only rtPA IV thrombolysis. RESULTS Full recanalization of the occluded arteries was achieved in 15 (88.2%) of the Solitaire stent patients. NIH Stroke Scale scores of embolectomy patients improved by an average of 12.59±8.24 points between admission and discharge, compared to 5.56±5.96 in the control group (PComa Score improvement between admission and discharge was also significantly higher in the embolectomy group (P0.05). CONCLUSIONS Solitaire stent embolectomy is a safe and effective alternative to simple venous thrombolytic therapy, and it can significantly improve short-term neurological function and long-term prognosis in acute cardiogenic cerebral embolism. PMID:27090916

  18. The Changes and Its Clinical Significance of Heart-type Fatty Acid-binding Protein Levels in Patients with Acute Pulmonary Embolism%肺栓塞患者心型脂肪酸结合蛋白水平的变化及临床意义

    何磊; 魏庆民; 时秀华; 张春霞

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨急性肺栓塞(APE)患者心型脂肪酸结合蛋白(H-FABP)浓度的变化及临床意义.方法 选择2009年8月至2011年12月在我院诊治的102例APE患者为观察组,同期选择年龄、性别匹配的健康体检者90例为对照组.采用双向侧流免疫法检测H-FABP浓度,比较两组血H-FABP水平以及观察组治疗前后血H-FABP水平、超声心动图、动脉血氧分压的差异.结果 观察组血H-FABP浓度为(6.95±4.80)μg/L,对照组为(4.97±2.77)μg/L,两组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).APE患者治疗前后血H-FABP比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.01),APE患者治疗后右心室舒张末期内径缩小,肺动脉压力下降,动脉血氧分压升高,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).结论 APE患者血H-FABP浓度升高,有效治疗后浓度下降,观察血H-FABP浓度变化有助于APE的诊断和疗效评估.%Objective To investigate the changes oi plasma heart-type iatty arid-binding protein ( H-FABP)and its rliniral significance in patients with acute pulmonary embolism( APE ). Methods 102 APE cases diagnosed and treated in our hospital during August 2009 to December 201 1 were chosen as the observation group, 90 healthy people of the matching age and gender ior healthy check-up were chosen as the control group. H-FABP concentration were measured by two-way flow immune method, H-FABP blood level was compared and the differences in H-FABP level, echocardiography, arterial oxygen tension before and after treatment were observed. Results The blood H-FABP concentration oi the observation group was( 6. 95 ± 4.80)μg/L,and was( 4. 97 ±2.77)μg/L of the control group,statistically significant differen(P <0. 01 ). H-FABP blood concentration before treatment and after treatment was signiiicantly different(P < 0. 01 ), the right ventricular end-diastolic diameter reduced,pulmonary artery pressure decreased,arterial oxygen pressure increased after treatment with statistical significance( P < 0. 01

  19. Long-term follow-up of protection efficacy of vena cava filters in the prevention of pulmonary embolism

    Objective: To analyze the protection efficacy of the vena cava filter from pulmonary thromboembolism and report the problems and complications after filter placement. Methods: Fifty-five Vena Tech-LGM filters (VTF) and 6 Titanium-Greenfield filters (TGF) were placed in 61 patients. Follow-up was obtained by means of duplex sonography of the inferior vena cava and abdominal radiography in 38 patients, and by means of computed tomography in 11 patients. Results: One case of pulmonary embolism was seen following filter placement. Filter thrombosis occurred in 9 cases. There had been 1 case of incomplete filter opening and one case of filter tilting. Filter migration was noted in 1 case. Conclusion: This experience suggests that vena cava filter is safe and effective for the prevention of pulmonary embolism. A vena cava filter should only be inserted in a patient when there is strict proof of the indication

  20. The value of lung ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy in monitoring therapeutic effects in pulmonary embolism

    Objective: Lung ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy was an effective way in the evaluation of therapeutic effects of anticoagulation and thrombolysis for pulmonary embolism (PE). Methods: Lung 99Tcm-Technegas ventilation and 99Tcm-macro-aggregated albumin (MAA) perfusion scintigraphy was performed before and after treatment and repeated in different observation period in 65 cases with PE. Results: Among 296 abnormal pulmonary segment in 44 cases with PE, 106 segments (35.8%) were found back to normal after anticoagulation treatment for 1.5 years, with 69 (23.3%) improved and 121 (40.9%) no change. Among 165 abnormal pulmonary segments in 21 cases with PE, 85 segments (51.5%) were normal after anticoagulation and thrombolysis treatment, with 29 improved (17.6%) and 51 no change (30.9%). The statistical significant difference was found in patients treated with anticoagulation, anticoagulation and thrombolysis after 7 and 14 d, respectively (χ2=8.79 and 56.31, P<0.05 and <0.01). Conclusion: Lung V/Q scintigraphy has great value in monitoring the therapeutic effects of anticoagulation and thrombolysis. (authors)

  1. Parenchymal and pleural findings in pulmonary embolism visualized by multi-channel detector computed tomography

    Background: A normal computed tomography (CT) scan of the pulmonary arteries in the presence of parenchymal and pleural abnormalities may indicate a false-negative diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE). Multi-channel detector CT (MDCT) with thinner collimation may improve the detection of small peripheral PEs causing such abnormalities. Purpose: To investigate parenchymal and pleural findings visualized by contrast-enhanced MDCT in patients with and without PE, and to identify possible predictors of PE. Material and Methods: 129 patients with clinical signs of PE were included. In all patients an iopromide-enhanced 64-MDCT (64x0.625 mm collimation, pitch 1.375, overlapping reconstruction with a slice thickness of 0.625 mm, increment of overlapping slice reconstruction 0.43) was performed within 24 h after the onset of the symptoms. Results: MDCT detected PE in 45 of the 129 patients (35%). PE and parenchymal/pleural findings were localized predominantly within the lower lobes. Wedge-shaped opacities were significantly associated with PE (OR =3.00; 95% confidence interval 1.13-7.91). Vascular signs were only visualized in patients with PE. Nodules, consolidations, atelectasis, or effusions were not predictive of PE. Conclusion: The present MDCT study verified that parenchymal and pleural findings can be found in patients with or without PE. Wedge-shaped opacities and vascular signs were significantly associated with PE and therefore can be potential predictors of PE. Keywords Parenchymal findings, vascular signs, pulmonary arteries

  2. Role of adjunctive thrombectomy and embolic protection devices in acute myocardial infarction : a comprehensive meta-analysis of randomized trials

    Bavry, Anthony A.; Kumbhani, Dharam J.; Bhatt, Deepak L.

    2008-01-01

    Adjunctive thrombectomy and embolic protection devices in acute myocardial infarction have been extensively studied, although outcomes have mainly focused on surrogate markers of reperfusion. Therefore, the effect of adjunctive devices on clinical outcomes is unknown. This study sought to determine

  3. Computer-aided detection of pulmonary embolism at CT pulmonary angiography: can it improve performance of inexperienced readers?

    Blackmon, Kevin N.; McCain, Joshua W.; Koonce, James D.; Costello, Philip [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); Florin, Charles; Bogoni, Luca; Salganicoff, Marcos [Siemens AG, H IM SYNGO CAD Research and Development, Malvern, PA (United States); Lee, Heon [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); Seoul Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Bastarrika, Gorka [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); University of Navarra, Department of Radiology, Pamplona (Spain); Thilo, Christian; Joseph Schoepf, U. [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); Medical University of South Carolina, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Charleston, SC (United States)

    2011-06-15

    To evaluate the effect of a computer-aided detection (CAD) algorithm on the performance of novice readers for detection of pulmonary embolism (PE) at CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA). We included CTPA examinations of 79 patients (50 female, 52 {+-} 18 years). Studies were evaluated by two independent inexperienced readers who marked all vessels containing PE. After 3 months all studies were reevaluated by the same two readers, this time aided by CAD prototype. A consensus read by three expert radiologists served as the reference standard. Statistical analysis used {chi}{sup 2} and McNemar testing. Expert consensus revealed 119 PEs in 32 studies. For PE detection, the sensitivity of CAD alone was 78%. Inexperienced readers' initial interpretations had an average per-PE sensitivity of 50%, which improved to 71% (p < 0.001) with CAD as a second reader. False positives increased from 0.18 to 0.25 per study (p = 0.03). Per-study, the readers initially detected 27/32 positive studies (84%); with CAD this number increased to 29.5 studies (92%; p = 0.125). Our results suggest that CAD significantly improves the sensitivity of PE detection for inexperienced readers with a small but appreciable increase in the rate of false positives. (orig.)

  4. Computer-aided detection of pulmonary embolism at CT pulmonary angiography: can it improve performance of inexperienced readers?

    To evaluate the effect of a computer-aided detection (CAD) algorithm on the performance of novice readers for detection of pulmonary embolism (PE) at CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA). We included CTPA examinations of 79 patients (50 female, 52 ± 18 years). Studies were evaluated by two independent inexperienced readers who marked all vessels containing PE. After 3 months all studies were reevaluated by the same two readers, this time aided by CAD prototype. A consensus read by three expert radiologists served as the reference standard. Statistical analysis used χ2 and McNemar testing. Expert consensus revealed 119 PEs in 32 studies. For PE detection, the sensitivity of CAD alone was 78%. Inexperienced readers' initial interpretations had an average per-PE sensitivity of 50%, which improved to 71% (p < 0.001) with CAD as a second reader. False positives increased from 0.18 to 0.25 per study (p = 0.03). Per-study, the readers initially detected 27/32 positive studies (84%); with CAD this number increased to 29.5 studies (92%; p = 0.125). Our results suggest that CAD significantly improves the sensitivity of PE detection for inexperienced readers with a small but appreciable increase in the rate of false positives. (orig.)

  5. Super-selective renal artery embolization for the treatment of acute renal hemorrhage

    Objective: To evaluate super-selective renal artery embolization in treating acute renal hemorrhage. Methods: A total of 17 patients with massive renal bleeding were enrolled in this study. After super-selective renal artery catheterization with 4 F and/or 2.7 F catheter was accomplished, renal artery embolization with microcoils, coils and/or PVA particles was carried out. Preoperative CTA was performed in five patients. Plain CT scanning and contrast-enhanced CTA were employed in nine patients at 4 days to 54 months after treatment. Results: Technical success was achieved in all of the 17 cases. Pre-interventional CT scan showed abnormal signs of hemorrhage, arteriovenous malformation, aneurysm, etc. Post-interventional CT scan showed different degrees of renal infarction, renal atrophy, peripheral contraction and depression of the kidney which were located in the areas originally supplied by embolized artery. Compensatory hypertrophy of the contralateral normal kidney occurred in four cases. Abnormal blood vessels disappeared in post-interventional CTA. No coil displacement was seen. Conclusion: For the treatment of acute renal hemorrhage super-selective renal artery embolization is safe and reliable. CTA is of great significance for identifying the bleeding sites before interventional treatment and for evaluating the therapeutic effect. (author)

  6. Intravenous Immunoglobulin-Induced Pulmonary Embolism: It Is Time to Act!

    Bilal, Jawad; Riaz, Irbaz B; Hill, Jennifer L; Zangeneh, Tirdad T

    2016-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common clinical problem affecting 600,000 patients per year in the United States. Although the diagnosis can be easily confirmed by imaging techniques, such as computed tomographic angiography of the chest, the identification of underlying mechanism leading to PE is important for appropriate duration of anticoagulation, and prevention of subsequent episodes. The differential diagnosis of underlying mechanism is broad and must include careful review of medication history. Drug-related thromboembolic disease can be easily missed and may have catastrophic consequences. The identification of the culprit drug is important for prevention of subsequent episodes and choosing appropriate duration of anticoagulation. We report a case of a middle-aged man who developed PE after administration of intravenous immunoglobulin. PMID:26164024

  7. Ventilation/Perfusion SPECT for Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism and Other Diseases

    Marika Bajc

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available V/PSPECT has the potential to become a first hand tool for diagnosis of pulmonary embolism based on standardized technology and new holistic interpretation criteria. Pretest probability helps clinicians choose the most appropriate objective test for diagnosis or exclusion of PE. Interpretation should also take into account all ventilation and perfusion patterns allowing diagnosis of other cardiopulmonary diseases than PE. In such contexts, V/PSPECT has excellent sensitivity and specificity. Nondiagnostic reports are ≤3%. V/PSPECT has no contraindication; it is noninvasive and has very low radiation exposure. Moreover, acquisition time for V/PSPECT is only 20 minutes. It allows quantification of PE extension which has an impact on individual treatment. It is uniquely useful for followup and research.

  8. Pulmonary Hemorrhagic Infarction due to Fat Embolism and Thromboembolism after Maxillofacial Plastic Surgery: a Rare Case Report

    ZOU Dong-hua; SHAO Yu; ZHANG Jian-hua; QIN Zhi-qiang; LIU Ning-guo; HUANG Ping; CHEN Yi-jiu

    2012-01-01

    Pulmonary fat embolism (PFE) and pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) are common post-operative complications of orthopedic surgical procedures,but are reported less often following maxillofacial plastic surgical procedures,especially with respect to PFE.Thrombi,or together with fat emboli in pulmonary vessels can induce hemorrhagic infarction and cause death.Herein this report introduced a death due to pulmonary hemorrhagic infarction following maxillofacial plastic surgery.The female patient underwent several osteotomies of the mandible,zygomas and autologous bone grafting within a single operation.The operative time was longer than normal and no preventive strategies for pulmonary embolism were implemented.The patient died 20 days after hospital discharge.The autopsy confirmed pulmonary hemorrhagic infarction.The fat emboli and thrombi were also noted in the pulmonary vessels,which were thought to have resulted from the maxillofacial osteotomy.Suggestions were offered to forensic pathologists that risk factors of PFE and PTE,such as the type and length of surgery,the surgical sites,and the preventive strategies,should be considered when handling deaths after maxillofacial operations.

  9. Pulmonary vascular-bronchial interactions: acute reduction in pulmonary blood flow alters lung mechanics

    Schulze-Neick, I; Penny, D; Derrick, G; Dhillon, R; Rigby, M.; Kelleher, A.; Bush, A; Redington, A

    2000-01-01

    BACKGROUND—Postoperative pulmonary hypertension in children after congenital heart surgery is a risk factor for death and is associated with severe acute changes in both pulmonary vascular resistance and lung mechanics.
OBJECTIVE—To examine the impact of changes in pulmonary blood flow on lung mechanics in preoperative children with congenital heart disease, in order to assess the cause-effect relation of pulmonary vascular-bronchial interactions.
DESIGN—Prospective, cross sectional study.
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  10. Home treatment of patients with low-risk pulmonary embolism with the oral factor Xa inhibitor rivaroxaban. Rationale and design of the HoT-PE Trial.

    Barco, Stefano; Lankeit, Mareike; Binder, Harald; Schellong, Sebastian; Christ, Michael; Beyer-Westendorf, Jan; Duerschmied, Daniel; Bauersachs, Rupert; Empen, Klaus; Held, Matthias; Schwaiblmair, Martin; Fonseca, Cândida; Jiménez, David; Becattini, Cecilia; Quitzau, Kurt; Konstantinides, Stavros

    2016-07-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a potentially life-threatening acute cardiovascular syndrome. However, more than 95 % of patients are haemodynamically stable at presentation, and among them are patients at truly low risk who may qualify for immediate or early discharge. The Home Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism (HoT-PE) study is a prospective international multicentre single-arm phase 4 management (cohort) trial aiming to determine whether home treatment of acute low-risk PE with the oral factor Xa inhibitor rivaroxaban is feasible, effective, and safe. Patients with confirmed PE, who have no right ventricular dysfunction or free floating thrombi in the right atrium or ventricle, are eligible if they meet none of the exclusion criteria indicating haemodynamic instability, serious comorbidity or any condition mandating hospitalisation, or a familial/social environment unable to support home treatment. The first dose of rivaroxaban is given in hospital, and patients are discharged within 48 hours of presentation. Rivaroxaban is taken for at least three months. The primary outcome is symptomatic recurrent venous thromboembolism or PE-related death within three months of enrolment. Secondary outcomes include quality of life and patient satisfaction, and health care resource utilisation compared to existing data on standard-duration hospital treatment. HoT-PE is planned to analyse 1,050 enrolled patients, providing 80 % power to reject the null hypothesis that the recurrence rate of venous thromboembolism is >3 % with α≤0.05. If the hypothesis of HoT-PE is confirmed, early discharge and out-of-hospital treatment may become an attractive, potentially cost-saving option for a significant proportion of patients with acute PE. PMID:27010343

  11. A nationwide, retrospective analysis of symptoms, comorbidities, medical care and autopsy findings in cases of fatal pulmonary embolism in younger patients

    Haunsø, S; Theilade, J; Winkel, B G; Holst, A G; Tfelt-Hansen, J; Svendsen, J H; Haunsø, Stig

    2010-01-01

    Our objective was to provide a comprehensive description of fatal pulmonary embolism (PE) in younger persons. Specifically, we recorded information on symptoms, comorbidity, medical contact, if this had been required, and subsequent autopsy findings.......Our objective was to provide a comprehensive description of fatal pulmonary embolism (PE) in younger persons. Specifically, we recorded information on symptoms, comorbidity, medical contact, if this had been required, and subsequent autopsy findings....

  12. Automated interpretation of ventilation-perfusion lung scintigrams for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism using artificial neural networks

    The purpose of this study was to develop a completely automated method for the interpretation of ventilation-perfusion (V-P) lung scintigrams used in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. An artificial neural network was trained for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism using 18 automatically obtained features from each set of V-P scintigrams. The techniques used to process the images included their alignment to templates, the construction of quotient images based on the ventilation and perfusion images, and the calculation of measures describing V-P mismatches in the quotient images. The templates represented lungs of normal size and shape without any pathological changes. Images that could not be properly aligned to the templates were detected and excluded automatically. After exclusion of those V-P scintigrams not properly aligned to the templates, 478 V-P scintigrams remained in a training group of consecutive patients with suspected pulmonary embolism, and a further 87 V-P scintigrams formed a separate test group comprising patients who had undergone pulmonary angiography. The performance of the neural network, measured as the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve, was 0.87 (95% confidence limits 0.82-0.92) in the training group and 0.79 (0.69-0.88) in the test group. It is concluded that a completely automated method can be used for the interpretation of V-P scintigrams. The performance of this method is similar to others previously presented, whereby features were extracted manually. (orig.)

  13. Lung scan accuracy and precision in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism by transmission, perfusion and ventilation procedures

    Although there is controversy over the value of radionuclide lung scans in the diagnosis of pulmonary thrombo-embolism, the procedure remains non-invasive, accurate and precise given proper methodological and interpretive criteria. Reviewing 959 procedures from the past decade in 539 patients, including 23 autopsies (correctly diagnosed antemortem), 93 emergencies (67 in 1973; 26 since), 8 pulmonary angiograms, 649 (8 view) perfusion studies with transmission view and 'first pass' flow using 99mTc-Macroparticles (MAA or HAM), 257 ventilation studies using 133-Xenen, 53 'aerosol' studies (either 'wet' or 'dry' radioinhalant), 113 computer analyses and 13 'closing volumes' (as well estimated by imaging as standard techniques (p<0.05)); a sensitivity of 92 percent, a specificity of 96 percent, an efficiency of 96 percent with a probability of disease with a positive study of 90 percent and a likelihood of disease with a negative study of 2 percent were found. Peripheral thrombosis and positive lung scans for pulmonary embolism occurred frequently. Based on these data, the lung scan properly carried out is reliable especially to exclude pulmonary embolism, frequently rendering invasive procedures unnecessary. (Author)

  14. Automated interpretation of ventilation-perfusion lung scintigrams for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism using artificial neural networks

    Holst, H.; Jaerund, A.; Traegil, K.; Evander, E.; Edenbrandt, L. [Department of Clinical Physiology, Lund University, Lund (Sweden); Aastroem, K.; Heyden, A.; Kahl, F.; Sparr, G. [Department of Mathematics, Lund Institute of Technology, Lund (Sweden); Palmer, J. [Department of Radiation Physics, Lund University, Lund (Sweden)

    2000-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop a completely automated method for the interpretation of ventilation-perfusion (V-P) lung scintigrams used in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. An artificial neural network was trained for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism using 18 automatically obtained features from each set of V-P scintigrams. The techniques used to process the images included their alignment to templates, the construction of quotient images based on the ventilation and perfusion images, and the calculation of measures describing V-P mismatches in the quotient images. The templates represented lungs of normal size and shape without any pathological changes. Images that could not be properly aligned to the templates were detected and excluded automatically. After exclusion of those V-P scintigrams not properly aligned to the templates, 478 V-P scintigrams remained in a training group of consecutive patients with suspected pulmonary embolism, and a further 87 V-P scintigrams formed a separate test group comprising patients who had undergone pulmonary angiography. The performance of the neural network, measured as the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve, was 0.87 (95% confidence limits 0.82-0.92) in the training group and 0.79 (0.69-0.88) in the test group. It is concluded that a completely automated method can be used for the interpretation of V-P scintigrams. The performance of this method is similar to others previously presented, whereby features were extracted manually. (orig.)

  15. Long-term follow-up of patients with inferior vena cava filters in the prevention of pulmonary embolism

    Objective: To evaluate the long-term safety, efficacy and complications of placement vena cava filter in prevention of pulmonary embolism. Methods: Seventy-three patients with proven diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and (or) pulmonary embolism (PE) by Doppler ultrasonography, DSA, CT or MRI, received percutaneous inferior vena cava filters (IVCF) from January 1994 to June 2005. The clinical data and imaging findings were evaluated retrospectively. The patients underwent telephone interview or questionnaire, abdominal X-rays, Doppler ultrasonography, computed tomographic pulmonary angiography (CTPA) or indirect CT venography (CTV) after a follow-up duration of 5 months to 11 years. Results: Seventy-eight vena cava filters were used. There was 1 case of incomplete filter opening when placing filter. In follow-up, thrombi were trapped in the filter in 2 cases, filter tilting happened in 1 case, and there were no filter migration, filter disruption, filter perforation. Five of 73 cases were lost in follow-up visit, 14 patients died after implantation (5 days to 41 months, average 14.5 months). Among the 54 living patients, the identified recurrent PE was not noted. Three cases of recurrent DVT, 1 case of inferior vena caval thrombosis and 1 case of thrombosed filters were seen in follow-up. Conclusion: Inferior vena cava filter is safe and effective for the long-term prevention pulmonary embolism, and the long-term major complications after filter placement are not frequent. (authors)

  16. Acute embolic cerebral ischemia as an initial presentation of polycythemia vera: a case report

    Zoraster, Richard M; Rison, Richard A

    2013-01-01

    Introduction Patients with polycythemia vera are at high risk for vaso-occlusive events including cerebral ischemia. Although unusual, acute ischemic stroke may be an initial presentation of polycythemia vera. It had been previously assumed that cerebral ischemic events were due to increased blood viscosity and platelet activation within the central nervous system arterial vessels. However, there are now a few isolated case reports of probable micro-embolic events originating from outside of ...

  17. A Case of Acute Fulminant Fat Embolism Syndrome after Liposuction Surgery

    Byeon, Seong Wook; Ban, Tae Hyun; Rhee, Chin Kook

    2015-01-01

    Fat embolism syndrome (FES) is a clinical manifestation that consists of multiple organ dysfunction due to fat emboli. FES occurs as a complication after trauma or procedures such as surgery. The diagnostic criteria of FES have not yet been established, so clinical criteria are used for its diagnosis. The clinical course of acute fulminant FES can be rapid. Liposuction surgery, in which adipocytes are mechanically disrupted, is one cause of FES. As the number of liposuction surgeries increase...

  18. Differences in clinical features and computed tomographic findings between embolic and non-embolic acute ischemic stroke. A quantitative differential diagnosis

    Takano, Kentaro; Yamaguchi, Takenori; Minematsu, Kazuo; Sawada, Tohru; Omae, Teruo [National Cardiovascular Center, Suita, Osaka (Japan)

    1998-02-01

    A diagnosis based on the presumed mechanism of stroke onset is useful for management strategies in acute ischemic stroke. Ninety-two patients with embolic (cardiac or artery-to-artery) and 107 with non-embolic (thrombotic or hemodynamic) stroke were diagnosed on strict cerebral angiographic criteria alone. To clearly discriminate between these two groups, the neurological and computed tomographic (CT) findings were then compared. Rapidity of onset, vomiting, urinary incontinence, level of consciousness, cervical bruit, anisocoria, tongue deviation, sensory disturbance, and CT findings (location of hypodense area, findings of brain edema and hemorrhagic transformation) were discriminatory factors between the two groups (p<0.01). According to these 11 items, we prepared a numerical table for quantitative differential diagnosis. A diagnostic accuracy of 98.9% for embolic and 87.9% for non-embolic stroke in internal verification, and 90.0% and 82.9%, respectively, in external verification was observed. The differences in clinical features and CT findings between embolic and non-embolic stroke may reflect the pathophysiological mechanisms of the occlusive process of cerebral artery as well as the extent and severity of ischemia. (author)

  19. Differences in clinical features and computed tomographic findings between embolic and non-embolic acute ischemic stroke. A quantitative differential diagnosis

    A diagnosis based on the presumed mechanism of stroke onset is useful for management strategies in acute ischemic stroke. Ninety-two patients with embolic (cardiac or artery-to-artery) and 107 with non-embolic (thrombotic or hemodynamic) stroke were diagnosed on strict cerebral angiographic criteria alone. To clearly discriminate between these two groups, the neurological and computed tomographic (CT) findings were then compared. Rapidity of onset, vomiting, urinary incontinence, level of consciousness, cervical bruit, anisocoria, tongue deviation, sensory disturbance, and CT findings (location of hypodense area, findings of brain edema and hemorrhagic transformation) were discriminatory factors between the two groups (p<0.01). According to these 11 items, we prepared a numerical table for quantitative differential diagnosis. A diagnostic accuracy of 98.9% for embolic and 87.9% for non-embolic stroke in internal verification, and 90.0% and 82.9%, respectively, in external verification was observed. The differences in clinical features and CT findings between embolic and non-embolic stroke may reflect the pathophysiological mechanisms of the occlusive process of cerebral artery as well as the extent and severity of ischemia. (author)

  20. Comparison of obstructing blood flow interventional embolectomy and simple interventional embolectomy for acute lower limb arterial embolism

    Objective: To evaluate the effects (mortality, amputation rate, the length and expense of hospital stay, etc)of the obstructing blood flow interventional embolectomy and simple interventional embolectomy for acute lower limb arterial embolism. Methods: 79 cases of acute lower limb arterial embolism including 23 cases of two sites puncturing and obstructing blood flow interventional embolectomy and 56 cases treated by simple interventional embolectomy were retrospectively analyzed and compared. Results: Embolisms were removed in all 79 cases and arteries were reopened successfully. The mortality and the amputation rates of the simple and the obstructing blood flow embolectomies were 5.36%, 19.6%, and 4.35%, 8.70% respectively. Conclusion: Two sites puncturing and obstructing blood flow interventional embolectomy for acute lower limb arterial embolism is simple, safe and effective, comparing with the simple interventional embolectomy, with lower amputation rate, quicker recovery and lower expense, however with no statistical significance in mortalities. (authors)

  1. Amniotic fluid embolism.

    Kaur, Kiranpreet; Bhardwaj, Mamta; Kumar, Prashant; Singhal, Suresh; Singh, Tarandeep; Hooda, Sarla

    2016-01-01

    Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is one of the catastrophic complications of pregnancy in which amniotic fluid, fetal cells, hair, or other debris enters into the maternal pulmonary circulation, causing cardiovascular collapse. Etiology largely remains unknown, but may occur in healthy women during labour, during cesarean section, after abnormal vaginal delivery, or during the second trimester of pregnancy. It may also occur up to 48 hours post-delivery. It can also occur during abortion, after abdominal trauma, and during amnio-infusion. The pathophysiology of AFE is not completely understood. Possible historical cause is that any breach of the barrier between maternal blood and amniotic fluid forces the entry of amniotic fluid into the systemic circulation and results in a physical obstruction of the pulmonary circulation. The presenting signs and symptoms of AFE involve many organ systems. Clinical signs and symptoms are acute dyspnea, cough, hypotension, cyanosis, fetal bradycardia, encephalopathy, acute pulmonary hypertension, coagulopathy etc. Besides basic investigations lung scan, serum tryptase levels, serum levels of C3 and C4 complements, zinc coproporphyrin, serum sialyl Tn etc are helpful in establishing the diagnosis. Treatment is mainly supportive, but exchange transfusion, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, and uterine artery embolization have been tried from time to time. The maternal prognosis after amniotic fluid embolism is very poor though infant survival rate is around 70%. PMID:27275041

  2. Electron beam computed tomography and ventilation perfusion scintigraphy in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

    Kettner, Beatrice I.; Sandrock, Dirk; Reisinger, Ingrid; Munz, Dieter L. [Clinic for Nuclear Medicine, Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany); Enzweiler, Christian N.H. [Department of Radiology, Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)

    2002-05-01

    The purpose of this study, performed in patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE), was to compare V/Q scans and electron beam computed tomography (CT) scans on a patient-by-patient and segment-by-segment basis. Both a segment-based and a lobe-based analysis was performed in those patients positive for PE. The diagnosis of PE was assumed on the basis of a mismatch at V/Q scanning or a filling defect in a pulmonary vessel at contrast-enhanced electron beam CT. In 37/45 patients (24 female, 21 male, 58{+-}16 years) with suspected PE, the diagnosis of PE was confirmed or excluded by both modalities, resulting in a correlation of 82% between electron beam CT and V/Q scanning. In the 28 patients positive for PE according to one or both modalities, 504 segments were evaluated. Of these 504 segments, 248 (nearly 50%) showed perfusion defects on V/Q scans, of which only 90 (36%) displayed emboli at electron beam CT. Overall, a total of only 135 of the 504 segments (27%) were abnormal at electron beam CT. More than 50% of the patients with discrepant results did not show an embolus at electron beam CT. It is concluded that there is a good correlation (82%) between V/Q scanning and electron beam CT on a patient-by-patient basis but a markedly less good correlation (62%) in a segment-based analysis. (orig.)

  3. Equipment availability and diagnostic strategies for suspected pulmonary embolism in Austria

    Schibany, N.; Fleischmann, D.; Thallinger, C.; Ba-Ssalamah, A. [Vienna Univ. (Austria). Inst. fuer Radiologie; Schibany, A. [Joanneum Research, Vienna (Austria); Hahne, J. [Ludwig Boltzmann Inst. for Clinical and Experimental Radiology, Vienna (Austria); Herold, C.J. [Vienna Univ. (Austria). Inst. fuer Radiologie; Ludwig Boltzmann Inst. for Clinical and Experimental Radiology, Vienna (Austria)

    2001-11-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate equipment availability and current diagnostic strategies for suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) in Austrian hospitals. A questionnaire was sent to the medical directors of all Austrian hospitals with emergency and/or surgical, orthopedic, and medical departments. The questionnaire contained questions regarding the available equipment suitable for the imaging diagnosis of PE, the first-line and second-line imaging tests for patients with suspected PE, and additional lower extremity venous imaging and laboratory tests that complement the diagnostic armamentarium. The return rate for questionnaires was 81% (127 of 157 hospitals). There were 97% of hospitals that had the equipment to perform sonography, 59% could perform pulmonary angiography, 54% spiral CT, 19% ventilation/perfusion (V/P) scintigraphy, and 4% perfusion scintigraphy alone. Spiral-CT angiography (SCTA) was the first-line imaging study for suspected PE in 56% of hospitals, followed by echocardiography and V/P scintigraphy. Lower extremity venous imaging (47%) and, interestingly, V/P scintigraphy (43%), served as second-line imaging tests. D-dimer tests were included in the diagnostic strategy in 74% of hospitals. Spiral-CT angiography is the most commonly used primary method for suspected PE in Austrian hospitals. The V/P scintigraphy is available only in a minority of hospitals to investigate patients with suspected PE. When V/P scintigraphy is available, however, it is employed in a large number of patients per annum. (orig.)

  4. Pulmonary embolism and lung scanning: cost-effectiveness and benefit:risk

    The cost-effectiveness of pulmonary imaging (lung scan) on the management of 2023 patients was studied. Prior and postscan probabilities of pulmonary embolism (PE) were obtained from referring physicians. After the scan, anticoagulant therapy (ACT) was appropriately changed in 20% of the patients and confirmed in 67%. The incremental cost of scanning was $124 per patient when the prior probability was 0.01-9.99%, dropping to $38 when the probability was 10-25%. Hospitalization and ACT cost was reduced when the prior probability was 25.01-99.99%. The greatest benefit in lives saved was when the prior probability was 25-74.99%; 1.5% of this probability group would survive as a result of the change in management attributable to the scan, at a cost of $117 per life saved. The benefit:risk ratio, as measured by lives saved compared to estimates of lives lost due to radiation exposure, was of the order of 6000:1

  5. Pulmonary embolism in pregnancy: is nuclear medicine imaging still a valid option?

    Ezwawah, O

    2008-10-01

    In this study we demonstrate our Radiology Department\\'s experience in utilizing low dose (half the normal dose) lung perfusion radionuclide scanning for pregnant patients as the initial investigation for suspected pulmonary embolism (PE). Secondly; we highlight the radiation dose reduction advantages of nuclear medicine imaging over multi-detector computed tomography in this group. We performed a retrospective study of 21 consecutive pregnant women who presented with suspected PE. These patients underwent either lung perfusion scanning or CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA), over a two-year period (May 2005 to July 2007). 19 patients of the cohort studied underwent low dose perfusion-only scintigraphy, with half the usual dose of radionuclide activity. All scans were considered of diagnostic quality. No patient in our study required a ventilation scan. No patient with a negative perfusion scan represented during the 3 month follow up period with PE. We conclude, nuclear medicine imaging is an effective initial investigation for pregnant patients with suspected PE. While scinitigraphy is associated with a greater fetal radiation dose than CTPA, it imparts a lower maternal dose and significantly lower dose to radiosensitive tissues such as breast.

  6. Deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism detected by FDG PET/CT in a patient with bacteremia

    Nielsen, Anne Lerberg; Thomassen, Anders; Hess, Søren; Alavi, Abass; Høilund-Carlsen, Poul Flemming

    2013-01-01

    We report incidental FDG PET/CT findings of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in a patient with bacteremia. In this patient, diagnosis of thromboembolism was not considered until FDG PET/CT imaging was performed, and the findings prompted immediate anticoagulant therapy. The role of F...... PET/CT in venous thromboembolism is not yet well established, but the potential benefit must be kept in mind when interpreting FDG PET/CT images regardless of the underlying disease.......We report incidental FDG PET/CT findings of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in a patient with bacteremia. In this patient, diagnosis of thromboembolism was not considered until FDG PET/CT imaging was performed, and the findings prompted immediate anticoagulant therapy. The role of FDG...

  7. Life-Threatening Contraceptive-Related Pulmonary Embolism in a 14-Year-Old Girl with Hereditary Thrombophilia

    Hellfritzsch, Maja; Grove, Erik Lerkevang

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The prothrombotic effect of combined oral contraceptives (COCs) is well-established, with a 3-6-fold increased risk of VTE compared to non-users. When initiation of COCs is considered, it is therefore of paramount importance to carefully evaluate all other potential risk factors for VTE....... Based on a case of life-threatening COC-associated pulmonary embolism in a girl heterozygous for the prothrombin G20210A mutation and with a family history of thrombotic disease, we discuss the importance of assessing not just the genotype but also the phenotype when considering initiation of COCs in...... total occlusion of the right pulmonary artery, and several minor peripheral embolisms bilaterally. She was successfully treated with thrombolysis (alteplase) followed by aPTT-adjusted heparin infusion until adequate anticoagulation with warfarin was achieved. Two years earlier, the patient had been...

  8. [Pulmonary embolism and disseminated intravascular coagulation after being bitten by a Bothrops lanceolatus snake. Apropos of a case].

    Estrade, G; Garnier, D; Bernasconi, F; Donatien, Y

    1989-11-01

    The authors report the case of a Bothrops lanceolatus snake bite complicated by severe pulmonary embolism a few hours after admission. This thromboembolic complication developed despite heparin therapy and was followed by disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). Vascular thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are rare after Bothrops lanceolatus snake bite as patients are usually hypocoagulable due to DIC. In this case, the thromboembolism was probably caused by the procoagulant effect of the thrombin-like enzymes of the snake venom which may have been injected directly into the vein of a young woman taking a contraceptive pill. A specific antivenin which has recently become available fort treatment may decrease the complications of Bothrops lanceolatus snake bite. PMID:2514645

  9. Acute Toxic Myocarditis and Pulmonary Oedema Developing from Scorpion Sting

    Cem Sahin; Ethem Acar; Halil Beydilli; Kadir Ugur Mert; Fatih Akin; Ibrahim Altun

    2015-01-01

    The majority of scorpion stings are generally seen with a set of simple clinical findings, such as pain, oedema, numbness, and tenderness in the area of the sting. However, occasionally events, such as toxic myocarditis, acute heart failure, acute pulmonary oedema, and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), which occur in scorpion sting cases are a significant problem which determine mortality and morbidity. The case presented here was a 38-year-old man who developed acute toxic myocardi...

  10. Acute Sin Nombre hantavirus infection without pulmonary syndrome, United States.

    Kitsutani, P. T.; Denton, R. W.; Fritz, C. L.; Murray, R. A.; Todd, R. L.; Pape, W. J.; Wyatt Frampton, J.; Young, J C; Khan, A. S.; Peters, C. J.; Ksiazek, T. G.

    1999-01-01

    Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) occurs in most infections with Sin Nombre virus and other North American hantaviruses. We report five cases of acute hantavirus infection that did not fit the HPS case definition. The patients had characteristic prodromal symptoms without severe pulmonary involvement. These cases suggest that surveillance for HPS may need to be expanded.

  11. Acute respiratory distress syndrome: Pulmonary and extrapulmonary not so similar

    Inderpaul Singh Sehgal; Sahajal Dhooria; Digambar Behera; Ritesh Agarwal

    2016-01-01

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is characterized by acute onset respiratory failure with bilateral pulmonary infiltrates and hypoxemia. Current evidence suggests different respiratory mechanics in pulmonary ARDS (ARDSp) and extrapulmonary ARDS (ARDSexp) with disproportionate decrease in lung compliance in the former and chest wall compliance in the latter. Herein, we report two patients of ARDS, one each with ARDSp and ARDSexp that were managed using real-time esophageal pressure m...

  12. Low-dose radiation with 80-kVp computed tomography to diagnose pulmonary embolism: a feasibility study

    Nyman, Ulf [Dept. of Radiology, Univ. of Lund, Lasarettet Trelleborg, Trelleborg (Sweden)], E-mail: ulf.nyman@skane.se; Bjoerkdahl, Peter [Dept. of Radiology, Lasarettet Trelleborg, Trelleborg (Sweden); Olsson, Marie-Louise; Gunnarsson, Mikael [Medical Radiation Physics, Dept. of Clinical Sciences, Univ. of Lund, Skaane Univ. Hospital, Malmoe (Sweden); Goldman, Bitte [Dept. of Internal Medicine, Lasarettet Trelleborg, Trelleborg (Sweden)

    2012-11-15

    Background Mounting collective radiation doses from computed tomography (CT) implies an increased risk of radiation-induced cancer in exposed populations, especially in the young. Purpose To evaluate radiation dose and image quality at 80-kVp CT to diagnose acute pulmonary embolism (PE) compared with a previous study at 100 and 120 kVp with all other scanning parameters unchanged. Material and Methods A custom-made chest phantom with a 12 mg I/mL-syringe was scanned at 80/100/120 kVp to evaluate relative changes in computed tomographic dose index (CTDIvol), attenuation, image noise, and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR). Fifty patients underwent 80 kVp 16-row detector CT at 100 'Quality reference' mAs. A total of 350 mg I/kg were injected to compensate for increased CNR at 80 kVp, while 300 mg I/kg had been used at 100/120 kVp. CTDI{sub vol}, dose-length product (DLP), and estimated effective dose were evaluated including Monte Carlo simulations. Pulmonary artery attenuation and noise were measured and CNR calculated. Two radiologists evaluated subjective image quality using a four-grade scale. Results Switching from 120 to 80 kVp in the phantom study decreased radiation dose by 67% while attenuation and noise increased 1.6 and 2.0 times, respectively, and CNR decreased by 16%. Switching from 120 to 80 kVp in the patient studies decreased estimated effective dose from 4.0 to 1.2 mSv (70% decrease) in median while pulmonary artery attenuation and noise roughly doubled from 332 to 653 HU and from 22 to 49 HU, respectively, resulting in similar CNR (13 vs. 12). At 80 kVp all examinations were regarded as adequate (8%) or excellent (92%). Conclusion Switching from 120 to 80 kVp CT without increased mAs but slightly increased iodine dose may be of special benefit to diagnose PE in younger individuals with preserved renal function where the primary aim is to minimize radiation dose and reaching levels below that of scintigraphy.

  13. Low-dose radiation with 80-kVp computed tomography to diagnose pulmonary embolism: a feasibility study

    Background Mounting collective radiation doses from computed tomography (CT) implies an increased risk of radiation-induced cancer in exposed populations, especially in the young. Purpose To evaluate radiation dose and image quality at 80-kVp CT to diagnose acute pulmonary embolism (PE) compared with a previous study at 100 and 120 kVp with all other scanning parameters unchanged. Material and Methods A custom-made chest phantom with a 12 mg I/mL-syringe was scanned at 80/100/120 kVp to evaluate relative changes in computed tomographic dose index (CTDIvol), attenuation, image noise, and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR). Fifty patients underwent 80 kVp 16-row detector CT at 100 'Quality reference' mAs. A total of 350 mg I/kg were injected to compensate for increased CNR at 80 kVp, while 300 mg I/kg had been used at 100/120 kVp. CTDIvol, dose-length product (DLP), and estimated effective dose were evaluated including Monte Carlo simulations. Pulmonary artery attenuation and noise were measured and CNR calculated. Two radiologists evaluated subjective image quality using a four-grade scale. Results Switching from 120 to 80 kVp in the phantom study decreased radiation dose by 67% while attenuation and noise increased 1.6 and 2.0 times, respectively, and CNR decreased by 16%. Switching from 120 to 80 kVp in the patient studies decreased estimated effective dose from 4.0 to 1.2 mSv (70% decrease) in median while pulmonary artery attenuation and noise roughly doubled from 332 to 653 HU and from 22 to 49 HU, respectively, resulting in similar CNR (13 vs. 12). At 80 kVp all examinations were regarded as adequate (8%) or excellent (92%). Conclusion Switching from 120 to 80 kVp CT without increased mAs but slightly increased iodine dose may be of special benefit to diagnose PE in younger individuals with preserved renal function where the primary aim is to minimize radiation dose and reaching levels below that of scintigraphy

  14. Quality of life after pulmonary embolism: validation of the French version of the PEmb-QoL questionnaire.

    Rochat M.; Méan M.; Limacher A.; Hugli O.; Klok F.A.; Cohn D.M.; Aujesky D.

    2014-01-01

    Background The PEmb-QoL is a validated 40-item questionnaire to quantify health-related quality of life in patients having experienced pulmonary embolism (PE). It covers six health dimensions: frequency of complaints, activities of daily living limitations, work-related problems, social limitations, intensity of complaints, and emotional complaints. Originally developed in Dutch and English, we sought to prospectively validate the psychometric properties of a French version of the PEmb-QoL.Me...

  15. Quality of life after pulmonary embolism: validation of the French version of the PEmb-QoL questionnaire.

    Rochat, Mathilde; Méan, Marie; Limacher, Andreas; Hugli, Olivier; Klok, Frederikus A; Cohn, Danny M; Aujesky, Drahomir

    2014-01-01

    Background The PEmb-QoL is a validated 40-item questionnaire to quantify health-related quality of life in patients having experienced pulmonary embolism (PE). It covers six health dimensions: frequency of complaints, activities of daily living limitations, work-related problems, social limitations, intensity of complaints, and emotional complaints. Originally developed in Dutch and English, we sought to prospectively validate the psychometric properties of a French version of the PEmb-QoL. M...

  16. Quality of life after pulmonary embolism, validation of the French version of the PEmb-QoL questionnaire

    Rochat M.

    2014-01-01

    Background: The PEmb-QoL is a validated 40-item questionnaire to quantify health-related quality of life in patients having experienced pulmonary embolism (PE). It covers six health dimensions: frequency of complaints, activities of daily living limitations, work-related problems, social limitations, intensity of complaints, and emotional complaints. Originally developed in Dutch and English, we sought to prospectively validate the psychometric properties of a French version of the PEmb-QoL. ...

  17. A patient who experienced thyroid storm complicated by rhabdomyolysis, deep vein thrombosis, and a silent pulmonary embolism: a case report

    Umezu, Taro; Ashitani, Keigo; Toda, Takahiro; Yanagawa, Tatsuo

    2013-01-01

    Background Thyroid storm is a serious condition of thyrotoxicosis. Hyperthyroidism often presents with thrombotic events, especially at cerebral sites; however, the possible association between a lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (LEDVT) and thyroid storm has not been previously reported. We encountered a patient who developed thyroid storm, associated with rhabdomyolysis, followed by LEDVT and a small silent pulmonary embolism (PE). The case is discussed with references to the pertinent l...

  18. [Venous thrombosis of the lower limbs and pulmonary embolism after desmopressin: a coincidence or a pathogenetic role?].

    Pentimone, F; Del Corso, L

    The authors describe a case of venous thrombosis of the legs, complicated by pulmonary embolism, in a 71 year-old man, following desmopressin therapy for hypothalamic diabetes insipidus. They suggest a role of desmopressin in stimulating the release of Von Willebrand's factor (VWF) from endothelial cells. VWF facilitates platelet adhesion by forming a bridge between platelet membrane and vascular subendothelium, followed by development of a large thrombus. PMID:1837767

  19. MOBILE RIGHT HEART THROMBUS WITH PULMONARY EMBOLISM IN A PATIENT WITH POLYCYTHEMIA RUBRA VERA AND SPLANCHNIC VEIN THROMBOSIS

    Panduranga, Prashanth; Mukhaini, Mohammed; Saleem, Muhammad; Al-Delamie, Taha; Zachariah, Sunny; Al-Taie, Saqar

    2010-01-01

    Splanchnic vein thrombosis in patients with polycythemia rubra vera is well-known. Development of mobile right heart thrombus in these patients has not been reported previously. We describe a young patient with Polycythemia rubra vera and splanchnic vein thrombosis with ischemic bowel who underwent small bowel resection. He developed a large mobile right atrial thrombus and bilateral pulmonary embolism. He also had upper gastrointestinal bleed. His management was complicated and challenging d...

  20. Impact of ventilation/perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography on treatment duration of pulmonary embolism

    Begic, Amela; Opanković, Emina; Cukić, Vesna; Rustempašić, Medzida; Bašić, Amila; Miniati, Massimo; Jögi, Jonas; Bajc, Marika

    2014-01-01

    Purpose The aim of the study was to establish whether the duration of anticoagulant (AC) therapy can be tailored, on an objective basis, by using ventilation/perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (V/P SPECT) and to assess the extent of residual perfusion defects over time. In particular, we addressed the following: (a) is the extent of perfusion recovery at 3 months of initial pulmonary embolism (PE) diagnosis a satisfactory criterion for deciding the duration of oral AC? (b) I...