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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Pulmonary Thromboembolism Complicating Acute Pancreatitis With Pancreatic Ascites: A Series of 4 cases

    Ruchir Patel

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Acute pancreatitis is an inflammatory disease often associated with local and systemic complications. Portosplenic and splanchnic vascular complications of acute pancreatitis are common, but extrasplanchnic vessel thrombosis is less commonly seen. Among them, pulmonary thromboembolism is a very rare complication to be encountered with. We report four cases of acute pulmonary thromboembolism in patients with acute pancreatitis superimposed on chronic pancreatitis. All the patients had abdominal pain on presentation and distention of abdomen during the course. Dyspnea was present in all the patients. All patients were found to have pancreatic ascites, whose association with pulmonary thromboembolism is reported only in two patients till date upto our knowledge. Two of them had deep vein thrombosis and rest two had no venous thrombosis. All of them were managed conservatively using subcutaneous heparin, intravenous fluids and analgesics. We provide the causative mechanism for occurrence of pulmonary thromboembolism in acute on chronic pancreatitis. We have also hypothesized pancreatic ascites as the possible cause for pulmonary thromboembolism and provide explanation for it. We conclude that pulmonary thromboembolism in acute pancreatitis has good prognosis if diagnosed timely. Whenever patient with pancreatic ascites presents with dyspnea, pulmonary thromboembolism must be ruled out.

  5. 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

  6. The diagnostic value of pulmonary ventilation-perfusion imaging in the diagnosis of acute pulmonary thromboembolism

    Objective: The radionuclide pulmonary ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) imaging was proven useful in the diagnosis of acute pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE). The aim of the current study was to use V/Q imaging to assess the impaired states of the lung blood flow and the distributive characteristics of the damaged lung segments and lung lobes in PTE. Methods: All 519 patients with acute PTE were included in the current multi-center randomized study, with 249 massive and sub-massive PTE and 270 non-massive PTE. All 519 patients underwent pulmonary V/Q imaging. Of 519 patients with pulmonary V/Q imaging, 773 scans were compared with the findings of spiral CT pulmonary arteriography (CTPA). Results: Before treatment, the total detection rates of PTE with pulmonary V/Q imaging and CTPA were 93.3% and 89.3% (P>0.05), the detection rates of massive and sub-massive PTE were 86.9% and 100% (P<0.01); and the detection rates of non-massive PTE were 98.2% and 77.5% respectively (P <0.001). In pulmonary V/Q imaging, the defects in the right lung, lower lobe and superior segment were more likely affected than that in the left. Conclusion: Radionuclide pulmonary V/Q imaging plays an important and special role in the diagnosis of acute PTE. The combination of pulmonary V/Q imaging and CTPA can be a crucial diagnostic approach. The thrombotic distribution in the lung of PTE patients is in accordant with 'concentration conservation law. (authors)

  7. 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/...

  8. 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

  9. Thromboembolic chronicle pulmonary Hypertension

    The thromboembolic chronicle pulmonary Hypertension, also well known as chronic lung thromboembolism not resolved; it is a form not very common of lung thromboembolism. Until very recently was considered a rare curiosity of autopsy, but as the methods of diagnoses have improved and our attitude has changed, the incidence of this nosological entity has experienced a notable increment, but the most excellent in this illness is maybe that it is a form of lung hypertension, potentially recoverable

  10. A Rare Occurrence of Simultaneous Venous and Arterial Thromboembolic Events – Lower Limb Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Thromboembolism as Initial Presentation in Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia

    Kutiyal, Aditya S.; Dharmshaktu, Pramila; Kataria, Babita; Garg, Abhilasha

    2016-01-01

    The development of acute myeloid leukemia has been attributed to various factors, including hereditary, radiation, drugs, and certain occupational exposures. The association between malignancy and venous thromboembolism events is well established. Here, we present a case of a 70-year-old Indian man who had presented with arterial and venous thrombosis, and the patient was later diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). In our case, the patient presented with right lower limb deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary thromboembolism four months prior to the diagnosis of APL. Although thromboembolic event subsequent to the diagnosis of malignancy, and especially during the chemotherapy has been widely reported, this prior presentation with simultaneous occurrence of both venous and arterial thromboembolism has rarely been reported. We take this opportunity to state the significance of a complete medical evaluation in cases of recurrent or unusual thrombotic events. PMID:26949347

  11. Diagnóstico por imagem do tromboembolismo pulmonar agudo Imaging of acute pulmonary thromboembolism

    C. Isabela S. Silva

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available O diagnóstico do tromboembolismo pulmonar agudo é baseado na probabilidade clínica, uso do dímero D (quando disponível e na avaliação por imagem. Os principais métodos de imagem utilizados no diagnóstico são representados por cintilografia ventilação-perfusão, angiografia pulmonar e tomografia computadorizada (TC. Na última década vários estudos têm demonstrado que a TC espiral apresenta elevada sensibilidade e especificidade no diagnóstico de tromboembolismo pulmonar agudo. Uma melhor avaliação das artérias pulmonares tornou-se possível com a recente introdução dos equipamentos de TC espirais com multidetectores. Vários pesquisadores têm sugerido que a angiografia pulmonar por TC espiral deve substituir a cintilografia na avaliação de pacientes com suspeita clinica de tromboembolismo pulmonar agudo. Os autores discutem os principais métodos de imagem utilizados no diagnóstico de tromboembolismo pulmonar agudo enfatizando o papel da TC espiral.The diagnosis of acute pulmonary thromboembolism is based on the clinical probability, use of D-dimer (when available and imaging. The main imaging modalities used in the diagnosis are ventilation-perfusion (V/Q, scintigraphy, angiography, and computed tomography (CT. In the last decade several studies have demonstrated that spiral CT has a high sensitivity and specificity in the diagnosis of acute pulmonary thromboembolism. The evaluation of the pulmonary arteries has further improved with the recent introduction of multidetector spiral CT scanners. Various investigators have suggested that spiral CT pulmonary angiography should replace scintigraphy in the assessment of patients whose symptoms are suggestive of acute PE. This article discusses the role of the various imaging modalities in the diagnosis of acute pulmonary thromboembolism with emphasis on the role of spiral CT.

  12. 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

  13. 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)

  14. 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

  15. Acute and chronic effects of surgical thromboendarterectomy on exercise capacity and ventilatory efficiency in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    Iwase, T.; Nagaya, N; Ando, M.; Satoh, T.; Sakamaki, F; Kyotani, S; Takaki, H; Goto, Y.; Ohkita, Y; Uematsu, M.; Nakanishi, N; Miyatake, K

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVE—To assess acute and chronic effects of surgical thromboendarterectomy on exercise capacity and ventilatory efficiency in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH).
DESIGN—Cardiopulmonary exercise testing was performed in 20 patients with CTEPH before thromboendarterectomy (baseline), one month after (early phase), and four months after (late phase). Peak oxygen uptake (peak V̇O2) and the ventilatory response to carbon dioxide production (V̇E-V̇CO2 slope) we...

  16. Pulmonary thromboembolism diagnosis algorithms

    Kasai, Takeshi; Eto, Jun; Hayano, Daisuke; Ohashi, Masaki; Yoneda, Takahiro; Oyama, Hisaya; Inaba, Akira [Kameda General Hospital, Kamogawa, Chiba (Japan). Trauma and Emergency Care Center

    2002-01-01

    Our algorithm for diagnosing pulmonary thromboembolism combines ventilation/perfusion scanning with clinical criteria. Our perfusion scanning criterion states that high probability defines 2 segmental perfusion defects without corresponding radiographic abnormality and indeterminate probability defines less than 2 segmental perfusion defects (low probability: less than one segmental perfusion defect; intermediate: perfusion defects between high and low probability). The clinical criterion is divided into 7 items related to symptoms and signs suggestive of pulmonary thromboembolism. More than 4 items are defined as a highly suspicious clinical manifestation (HSCM), and less than 4 are considered a low suspicious clinical manifestation (LSCM). In 31 cases of high probability, 18 of HSCM did not include pulmonary angiograhy (PAG), and 13 of LSCM included PAG (positive: 11; negative: 2). In 12 cases of indeterminate probability, 7 of LSCM were observed without PAG and 5 of HSCM with PAG (positive: 4; negative: 1). PAG performance thus decreased to 41.9%. The positive prediction of high probability is 93.5%, which is very high, compared to indeterminate probability at 33.3%. (author)

  17. Pulmonary thromboembolism in children

    Babyn, Paul S.; Gahunia, Harpal K. [Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Pediatric Diagnostic Imaging, Toronto, ON (Canada); Massicotte, Patricia [Stollery Children' s Hospital and University of Alberta, Departments of Pediatric Hematology and Cardiology, Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    2005-03-01

    Pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) is uncommonly diagnosed in the pediatric patient, and indeed often only discovered on autopsy. The incidence of pediatric PTE depends upon the associated underlying disease, diagnostic tests used, and index of suspicion. Multiple risk factors can be found including: peripartum asphyxia, dyspnea, haemoptysis, chest pain, dehydration, septicemia, central venous lines (CVLs), trauma, surgery, ongoing hemolysis, vascular lesions, malignancy, renal disease, foreign bodies or, uncommonly, intracranial venous sinus thrombosis, burns, or nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis. Other types of embolism can occur uncommonly in childhood and need to be recognized, as the required treatment will vary. These include pulmonary cytolytic thrombi, foreign bodies, tumor and septic emboli, and post-traumatic fat emboli. No single noninvasive test for pulmonary embolism is both sensitive and specific. A combination of diagnostic procedures must be used to identify suspect or confirmed cases of PTE. This article reviews the risk factors, clinical presentation and treatment of pulmonary embolism in children. It also highlights the current diagnostic tools and protocols used to evaluate pulmonary embolism in pediatric patients. (orig.)

  18. Calcified pulmonary thromboembolism in a child with sickle cell disease: value of multidetector CT in patients with acute chest syndrome

    The incidence of pulmonary embolism in children is not clearly known, but is believed to be low. Risk factors for pulmonary thromboembolism include central venous catheter, malignancy, surgery, infection, trauma, and congenital hypercoagulable disorders. Children with sickle cell disease are prothrombotic and are at an increased risk of thromboembolism. The incidence of this event is unknown because these children are often not thoroughly imaged. We report here a case of a calcified pulmonary thromboembolism in a child with sickle cell disease and emphasize the use of multidetector CT in detection of pulmonary thromboembolism in children with sickle cell disease. (orig.)

  19. Calcified pulmonary thromboembolism in a child with sickle cell disease: value of multidetector CT in patients with acute chest syndrome

    Staser, Jonathan A. [Indiana University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Indianapolis, IN (United States); Alam, Tariq [Medical College of Ohio, Department of Radiology, Toledo, OH (United States); Applegate, Kimberly [Indiana University Medical Center, Sections of Pediatric Radiology and Health Services Research, Indianapolis, IN (United States); Indiana University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, IN (United States)

    2006-06-15

    The incidence of pulmonary embolism in children is not clearly known, but is believed to be low. Risk factors for pulmonary thromboembolism include central venous catheter, malignancy, surgery, infection, trauma, and congenital hypercoagulable disorders. Children with sickle cell disease are prothrombotic and are at an increased risk of thromboembolism. The incidence of this event is unknown because these children are often not thoroughly imaged. We report here a case of a calcified pulmonary thromboembolism in a child with sickle cell disease and emphasize the use of multidetector CT in detection of pulmonary thromboembolism in children with sickle cell disease. (orig.)

  20. Pulmonary thromboembolism in cats.

    Schermerhorn, Thomas; Pembleton-Corbett, Julie R; Kornreich, Bruce

    2004-01-01

    Pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) is rarely diagnosed in cats, and the clinical features of the disease are not well known. PTE was diagnosed at postmortem examination in 17 cats, a prevalence of 0.06% over a 24-year period. The age of affected cats ranged from 10 months to 18 years, although young (10 years) cats were more commonly affected than were middle-aged cats. Males and females were equally affected. The majority of cats with PTE (n = 16) had concurrent disease, which was often severe. The most common diseases identified in association with PTE were neoplasia, anemia of unidentified cause, and pancreatitis. Cats with glomerulonephritis, encephalitis, pneumonia, heart disease, and hepatic lipidosis were also represented in this study. Most cats with PTE demonstrated dyspnea and respiratory distress before death or euthanasia, but PTE was not recognized ante mortem in any cat studied. In conclusion, PTE can affect cats of any age and is associated with a variety of systemic and inflammatory disorders. It is recommended that the same clinical criteria used to increase the suspicion of PTE in dogs should also be applied to cats. PMID:15320593

  1. Massive Pulmonary Thromboembolism In A Sarcoidosis Patient: Case Report

    Ismail Hanta

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Although sarcoidosis is not a well known risk factor of pulmonary thromboembolism, recent investigations shows increased risk of pulmonary thromboembolism in these patients with the lack of any other risk factor. In this case report, massive pulmonary embolism was presented in a forty seven years old female patient who is followed up under metilprednisolon therapy due to sarcoidosis for five months. This patient was underlined because of that sarcoidosis may be a potential risk factor of pulmonary thromboembolism and must be kept in mind at the patients with sarcoidosis and acute deletoration. Keywords: [Cukurova Med J 2011; 36(1.000: 37-40

  2. Analysis of Doppler flow spectra of the superior vena cava in a canine model of acute thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

    Sun, Dan Dan; Chen, Hong Mao; Duan, Yun You; Yuan, Li Jun; Shang, Fu Jun; Liang, Ning Nan; Cao, Wei

    2011-10-01

    We aimed to establish a canine model of acute thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (ATEPH) and to explore the feasibility of diagnosing pulmonary hypertension (PH) through the Doppler flow spectra of the superior vena cava (SVC). A canine model of ATEPH was developed by infusing thrombus into the right femoral vein. The pulmonary arterial pressure was simultaneously measured via a right heart catheter with the guidance of ultrasound. The maximum systolic peak flow velocity (SPV), ventricular reverse peak flow velocity (VRPV), diastolic peak flow velocity (DPV), and atrial reverse peak flow velocity (ARPV) of the SVC were measured by transthoracic echocardiography. ATEPH was successfully established in 24 dogs (88.9%) with the pulmonary arterial systolic pressure (PASP) greater than 30 mmHg. ARPV increased significantly with the increase of PASP, and was positively correlated with PASP (PSPV larger than 0.8 could be better adopted to identify all the subjects with PH in this study. The Doppler flow spectra of the SVC could be employed to assess the severity of ATEPH.  PMID:21916968

  3. Study of Cardiac Arrest Caused by Acute Pulmonary Thromboembolism and Thrombolytic Resuscitation in a Porcine Model

    Zhao, Lian-Xing; Li, Chun-Sheng; Yang, Jun; Tong, Nan; Xiao, Hong-Li; An, Le

    2016-01-01

    Background: The success rate of resuscitation in cardiac arrest (CA) caused by pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) is low. Furthermore, there are no large animal models that simulate clinical CA. The aim of this study was to establish a porcine CA model caused by PTE and to investigate the pathophysiology of CA and postresuscitation. Methods: This model was induced in castrated male pigs (30 ± 2 kg; n = 21) by injecting thrombi (10–15 ml) via the left external jugular vein. Computed tomographic pulmonary angiography (CTPA) was performed at baseline, CA, and return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). After CTPA during CA, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with thrombolysis (recombinant tissue plasminogen activator 50 mg) was initiated. Hemodynamic, respiratory, and blood gas data were monitored. Cardiac troponins T, cardiac troponin I, creatine kinase-MB, myoglobin, and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Data were compared between baseline and CA with paired-sample t-test and compared among different time points for survival animals with repeated measures analysis of variance. Results: Seventeen animals achieved CA after emboli injection, while four achieved CA after 5–8 ml more thrombi. Nine animals survived 6 h after CPR. CTPA showed obstruction of the pulmonary arteries. Mean aortic pressure data showed occurrence of CA caused by PTE (Z = −2.803, P = 0.002). The maximal rate of mean increase of left ventricular pressure (dp/dtmax) was statistically decreased (t = 6.315, P = 0.000, variation coefficient = 0.25), and end-tidal carbon dioxide partial pressure (PetCO2) decreased to the lowest value (t = 27.240, P = 0.000). After ROSC (n = 9), heart rate (HR) and mean right ventricular pressure (MRVP) remained different versus baseline until 2 h after ROSC (HR, P = 0.036; MRVP, P = 0.027). Myoglobin was statistically increased from CA to 1 h after ROSC (P = 0.036, 0.026, 0.009, respectively), and BNP was increased

  4. Study of Cardiac Arrest Caused by Acute Pulmonary Thromboembolism and Thrombolytic Resuscitation in a Porcine Model

    Lian-Xing Zhao; Chun-Sheng Li; Jun Yang; Nan Tong; Hong-Li Xiao; Le An

    2016-01-01

    Background:The success rate of resuscitation in cardiac arrest (CA) caused by pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) is low.Furthermore,there are no large animal models that simulate clinical CA.The aim of this study was to establish a porcine CA model caused by PTE and to investigate the pathophysiology of CA and postresuscitation.Methods:This model was induced in castrated male pigs (30 ± 2 kg;n =21) by injecting thrombi (10-15 ml) via the left external jugular vein.Computed tomographic pulmonary angiography (CTPA) was performed at baseline,CA,and return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC).After CTPA during CA,cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with thrombolysis (recombinant tissue plasminogen activator 50 mg) was initiated.Hemodynamic,respiratory,and blood gas data were monitored.Cardiac troponins T,cardiac troponin I,creatine kinase-MB,myoglobin,and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.Data were compared between baseline and CA with paired-sample t-test and compared among different time points for survival animals with repeated measures analysis of variance.Results:Seventeen animals achieved CA after emboli injection,while four achieved CA after 5-8 ml more thrombi.Nine animals survived 6 h after CPR.CTPA showed obstruction of the pulmonary arteries.Mean aortic pressure data showed occurrence of CA caused by PTE (Z =-2.803,P =0.002).The maximal rate of mean increase of left ventricular pressure (dp/dtmax) was statistically decreased (t =6.315,P =0.000,variation coefficient =0.25),and end-tidal carbon dioxide partial pressure (PetCO2) decreased to the lowest value (t =27.240,P =0.000).After ROSC (n =9),heart rate (HR) and mean right ventricular pressure (MRVP) remained different versus baseline until 2 h after ROSC (HR,P =0.036;MRVP,P =0.027).Myoglobin was statistically increased from CA to 1 h after ROSC (P =0.036,0.026,0.009,respectively),and BNP was increased from 2 h to 6 h after ROSC (P =0.012,0.014,0.039,respectively

  5. LUNG CANCER AND PULMONARY THROMBOEMBOLISM

    Cukic, Vesna; Ustamujic, Aida

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Malignant diseases including lung cancer are the risk for development of pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE). Objective: To show the number of PTE in patients with lung cancer treated in Clinic for pulmonary diseases and TB “Podhrastovi” in three-year period: from 2012-2014. Material and methods: This is the retrospective study in which we present the number of various types of lung cancer treated in three-year period, number and per cent of PTE in different types of lung carcinoma,...

  6. A prospective, comparative study of ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy and clinical evaluation versus digital subtraction angiography in acute pulmonary thromboembolism

    Patients with symptoms of acute pulmonary thromboembolism (APE) of short duration were investigated with digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and ventilation/perfusion lung scintigraphy (V/Q scan), and a standardised clinical evaluation was performed. Forty-six angiograms (96%) were diagnostic at the segmental level and were used as reference. In all V/Q scans classified as normal or of high probability for APE, a complete agreement with DSA was found. In scan categories with low or intermediate probability, where the incidence of APE was 32%, there was considerable inter-observer disagreement. Clinical assessment alone was of limited value, but in patients with low clinical suspicion no APE was found. The results indicate that normal and high probability V/Q scans are very reliable for excluding and identifying APE, respectively, but also that fairly large APE cannot be diagnosed with lung scanning. Subdivision of V/Q scans into more than three categories (normal, high probability and inconclusive) seems to be of no practical value. Using a pulsed sequence technique, high frame rate and central injection, DSA is a valuable clinical tool for diagnosing APE down to the segmental level. (orig.)

  7. Spontaneously Developed Pulmonary Arterial Intramural Hematoma That Mimicked Thromboembolism

    Kang, Eun-Ju; Lee, Ki-Nam; Kim, In; Chae, Jong-Min; Kim, Gun-Jik; Yang, Dong Heon; Lee, Jongmin

    2012-01-01

    A 65-year-old woman visited our hospital with a complaint of acute onset dyspnea and radiological manifestations of pulmonary thromboembolism. The patient underwent an exploratory surgery to find a whitish-blue colored mass occupying almost the whole lumen of the main pulmonary arteries. Based on the pathological and radiological findings, the patient was diagnosed to have a pulmonary arterial intramural hematoma. Intramural hematomas are usually observed in the walls of the aorta, and we bel...

  8. Pulmonary arteriovenous malformation in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    Sharma, Arun; Gulati, Gurpreet S; Parakh, Neeraj; Aggarwal, Abhinav

    2016-01-01

    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension is a morbid condition associated with complications such as hemoptysis, right heart failure, paradoxical embolism, and even death. There is no known association of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension with pulmonary arteriovenous malformation. Possible hypothesis for this association is an increased pulmonary vascular resistance leading to the compensatory formation of pulmonary arteriovenous malformation. We present one such case presenting with hemoptysis that was managed with endovascular treatment.

  9. [Pulmonary thromboembolism in Occupational Medicine].

    Reinoso-Barbero, Luis; Díaz-Garrido, Ramón; Fernández-Fernández, Miguel; Capapé-Aguilar, Ana; Romero-Paredes, Carmen; Aguado-Benedí, María-José

    2015-01-01

    Occupational physicians should be familiar with the risk factors and clinical presentation of pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE). PTE belongs to the group ofis a cardiovascular diseases, which are the main cause (40%) of death in Spanish workplaces; at present, they may be considered a work-related injury because of the doctrinal evolution in the legal interpretation of the presumption of iuris tantum. We present the case of a hypertensive and obese adult male who suffered a PTE at his workplace. The availability of a portable pulse oximeter (room air SpO2, 92%) was critical in guiding the decision to refer him urgently to the hospital, where the diagnosis was confirmed. We can conclude that, independently of whether this event is later deemed to be work-related (in this case it was not), occupational physicians must know how to correctly manage and refer affected workers. PMID:27250242

  10. 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...

  11. Diagnosing chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: current perspectives

    Hadinnapola C

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Charaka Hadinnapola, Deepa Gopalan, David P Jenkins Papworth Hospital National Health Service Foundation Trust, Papworth Everard, Cambridge, United Kingdom Abstract: Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension is a rare and relatively poorly understood disease. It remains underdiagnosed and is often not recognized in primary and secondary care, as its symptoms are nonspecific and there are few clinical signs until late in the disease process. However, pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA offers a potential cure for patients with this type of pulmonary hypertension; therefore, it is important that they are identified and diagnosed in a timely manner. PEA is associated with a 2.2%–5% risk of significant morbidity and mortality, even in experienced PEA centers. Therefore, once chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension is diagnosed, further assessment of operability and patient selection is crucial. Assessment of operability involves determining the distribution and burden of chronic thromboembolic disease, assessing pulmonary hemodynamics, and assessing the functional impairment of the patient. Ventilation perfusion scintigraphy is of value in screening for the presence of chronic thromboembolic disease. However, computer tomography pulmonary angiography and magnetic resonance pulmonary angiography are now increasingly used to image the vascular occlusions directly. This allows assessment of the surgically accessible disease burden. Some centers still advocate conventional selective pulmonary angiography for the latter. Right-heart catheterization remains the gold standard for assessing pulmonary hemodynamics. Higher pulmonary vascular resistances are associated with poorer outcomes as well as increased risks at the time of surgery. This is in part because of the presence of more distal chronic thromboembolic material and distal pulmonary artery remodeling. However, in experienced centers, these patients are being operated on safely and with good

  12. CT evaluation of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    The educational objectives of this article are to provide an overview of the computed tomography (CT) findings in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. This article reviews the key imaging findings at CT in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. After reading this article, the reader should have an improved awareness of the condition, its imaging features, and the CT imaging features associated with surgically accessible disease.

  13. Prognostic Value of Emergency Physician Performed Echocardiography in Patients with Acute Pulmonary Thromboembolism

    Maurizio Zanobetti

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Pulmonary embolism (PE is a life-threatening illness with high morbidity and mortality. Echocardiography (ECG plays an important role in the early identification of right ventricular (RV dysfunction, making it a helpful tool in identifying hemodynamically stable patients affected by PE with a higher mortality risk. The purpose of this study was to evaluate if one or more ECG indexes could predict a short-term evolution towards RV dysfunction.Methods: We selected all patients consecutively admitted to the Careggi Hospital Emergency Department with the clinical suspicion of PE, confirmed by computed tomography angiography prior to enrollment. Subsequently, properly trained emergency physicians acquired a complete ECG to measure RV morphological and functional indices. For each patient, we recorded if he or she received a fibrinolytic treatment, a surgical embolectomy or heparin therapy during the emergency department (ED stay. Then, every patient was re-evaluated with ECG, by the same physician, after 1 week in our intensive observation unit and 1 month as outpatient in our ED regional referral center for PE.Results: From 2002 to 2007, 120 consecutive patients affected by PE were evaluated by echocardiography at the Careggi Hospital ED. Nine patients (8% were treated with thrombolytic therapy. Six died within 1 week and 4 abandoned the study, while the remaining 110 survived and were re-evaluated by ECG after 1 week and 1 month. The majority of the echocardiographic RV indexes improve mostly in the first 7 days: Acceleration Time (AT from 78±14 ms to 117±14 ms (p<0.001, Diameter of Inferior Vena Cava (DIVC from 25±6 mm to 19±5 mm (p<0.001, Tricuspid Annular Plane Systolic Excursion (TAPSE from 16±6 mm to 20±6 mm (p<0.001. Pulmonary Artery Systolic Pressure (PASP showed a remarkable decrease from 59±26 mmHg to 37±9 mmHg, (p<0.001. The measurements of the transverse diameters of both ventricles and the respective ratio showed a

  14. O desafio de diagnosticar tromboembolia pulmonar aguda em pacientes com doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica The challenge of diagnosing acute pulmonary thromboembolism in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Sérgio Saldanha Menna-Barreto

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Tromboembolia pulmonar aguda e exacerbação aguda de doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica são doenças comuns. A doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica é um fator clínico de risco para tromboembolia pulmonar aguda. As apresentações clínicas da tromboembolia pulmonar aguda e da exacerbação aguda da doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica freqüentemente mimetizam-se tanto que pode ser difícil distingui-las. Anormalidades estruturais nos pulmões com doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica tornam também difícil a interpretação de testes não invasivos de diagnóstico, como o mapeamento de ventilação e perfusão pulmonares. Assim, diagnosticar tromboembolia pulmonar aguda em pacientes com doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica é uma tarefa desafiadora. Com o objetivo de atualizar o assunto e oferecer sugestões de conduta, nós avaliamos artigos abordando este tema, incluindo relatos e séries de casos, abordagens diagnósticas de tromboembolia pulmonar aguda e fizemos algumas reflexões. A probabilidade clínica de tromboembolia pulmonar aguda em cenários de doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica é usualmente intermediária, o mapeamento de ventilação e perfusão pulmonares é predominantemente de probabilidade intermediária e os algoritmos de conduta os deveriam assim considerar.Pulmonary thromboembolism and exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are common conditions. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a clinical risk factor for pulmonary thromboembolism. The presentation of acute pulmonary thromboembolism and acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease often mimic each other so closely that they cannot be distinguished clinically. The structural abnormalities of the lungs in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease make also difficult to interpret the results of noninvasive tests like ventilation-perfusion lung scans. Therefore, diagnosing acute pulmonary thromboembolism in patients with underlying

  15. Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pulmonary Thromboembolism.

    Aymara Marcia Hernández Cardoso; Maribel Misas Menéndez; Carlos Jaime Geroy Gómez; Diosdania Alfonso Falcón

    2009-01-01

    Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pulmonary Thromboembolism. This condition is caused by the obstruction of pulmonary arterial circulation as a result of an embolus originated in the profound venous system of the in the lower extremities (95%). It includes the concept, risk factors, clinical presentations, diagnosis, and therapy based on the possibilities of our environment. It includes assessment guidelines focused on the most important aspects to be accomplished.

  16. CHRONIC THROMBOEMBOLIC PULMONARY HYPERTENSION: NEW ASPECTS OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESSION OF THE DISEASE

    Klimenko, A. A.; N. A. Shostak; N. A. Demidova; I. V. Novikov

    2014-01-01

    The review presents data on the incidence of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension after pulmonary thromboembolism and describescongenital and acquired coagulation abnormalities in patients with venous thromboembolism. It considers the potential factors of development of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension and some medical conditions and diseases, which favors the development of pulmonary hypertension after prior pulmonary thromboembolism.

  17. Pulmonary arterial hypertension and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: pathophysiology

    Humbert, M.

    2010-01-01

    Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) are two of the key subgroups of pulmonary hypertension. They are characterised by different risk factors. PAH can be associated with mutations in the gene encoding bone morphogenetic protein receptor type II (BMPR2), HIV infection, congenital heart disease, connective tissue disease (such as systemic sclerosis), and exposure to particular drugs and toxins including fenfluramine derivatives. In cont...

  18. Analysis of perfusion defects by causes other than acute pulmonary thromboembolism on contrast-enhanced dual-energy CT in consecutive 537 patients

    Objective: To assess causes, incidence and patterns of perfusion defects (PDs) on dual-energy perfusion CT angiography (DECTA) in clinically suspected acute pulmonary thromboembolisms (PTE). Materials and methods: Consecutive 537 patients who underwent DECTA for suspicion of PTE were retrospectively reviewed. After excluding patients with possible PTE or unsatisfactory perfusion map quality, 299 patients with 1697 lobes were included. The DECTA (Somatom Definition, Siemens) was performed at 140 kV and 80 kV. Color-coded perfusion images were obtained with a lung PBV application of the workstation software (Syngo Dual Energy). The presence, incidence, three patterns of PDs (wedge-shaped, heterogeneous, and regionally homogeneous), pulmonary diseases, and the matchedness between the PD and the disease extent were studied. Results: 315 of 1697 lobes (18.6%) in 156 of 299 patients (81.3%) showed PDs. Among them, 51 (3%), 257 (15.1%), and 7 (0.4%) lobes had PDs due to vascular, nonvascular, and unidentifiable causes, respectively. Vascular causes include: pulmonary arterial (PA) hypertension (0.7%), extrinsic occlusion of PA by fibrosis (0.6%), PA hypoplasia (0.6%), vasculitis (0.5%), cancer mass compressing PA, venous occlusion, AVM, and pulmonary angiosarcoma. Most of PDs were wedge-shaped and well-matched. Nonvascular causes include: mosaic attenuation (4.1%), emphysema (3.2%), interstitial fibrosis (1.6%), bronchitis (1.4%), GGO (1.2%), cellular bronchiolitis (1%), bronchiectasis, airway obstruction, compensaroty lung hyperinflation, air trapping, cor-pulmonale, bronchopneumonia, physiologic decreased ventilation, and segmental bronchial atresia. Most of PDs showed heterogeneous pattern and were not matched. Conclusions: Various vascular and nonvascular diseases cause PDs on DECTA. Each disease shows different pattern of PD depending on pathophysiology and physiologic compensation.

  19. PULMONARY THROMBOEMBOLISM FOLLOWING THORACOTOMY FOR LUNG CANCER

    LIU Hong-xu; LI Hou-wen; LI Yu; WANG Yu; XU Jie; YIN Hong-nian; ZHANG Lin; CHEN Dong-yi; ZHAO Hui-ru; HU Yong-xiao

    2006-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the clinical features of pulmonary thromboembolism in patients with primary lung cancer in relation to thoracotomy, and to shed light on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of this fatal disease after lung resection. Methods: A total of 1245 cases with primary lung cancer received thoracotomy in the past 13 years were retrospectively reviewed. Clinical data of a total of 14 patients (1.1%) suffering from pulmonary thromboembolism and requiring cardiao-pulmonary resuscitation were collected and analyzed. Results: The diagnosis was established primarily by clinical findings in 9 cases (64.3%), including further confirmation of one case during operation, by pulmonary ventilation-perfusion scan in 2, by spiral CT angiography in 1, by pulmonary angiography in 1, and by autopsy in 1 case. Even using prompt resuscitation, 8 patients (57.1%) died within 48 h (mean 4 h) after the onset of the symptoms. Six cases eventually recovered. Of the 6 salvaged patients, they all received anticoagulation therapy with heparin intravenously and warfarin orally, including 3 cases of additional thrombolytic therapy with urokinase. Two cases with massive pulmonary emboli received emergency surgery, including one pulmonary embolectomy, and one bilobectomy after right upper lobectomy, with satisfactory results. Conclusion: Massive pulmonary embolism is an infrequent but fatal early postoperative complication after lung resection. The diagnosis should be based mainly on clinical findings in order to initiate the appropriate therapy immediately. The direct diagnostic techniques including radionuclide pulmonary scan, spiral CT angiography, and pulmonary angiography could be based on a careful evaluation of the expected benefits and risks of the various available treatments.

  20. Managing chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: pharmacological treatment options

    I.M. Lang

    2009-01-01

    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a life-threatening condition in which organised thrombi obstruct the pulmonary vessels, causing increased pulmonary vascular resistance, progressive pulmonary hypertension (PH) and right heart failure. The treatment of choice is pulmonary endarterectomy, which restores pulmonary haemodynamics with acceptable periprocedural mortality rates in the majority of suitable patients. However, CTEPH may be inoperable owing to surgically inaccess...

  1. CT findings in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is thought to be a rare complication of pulmonary embolism. However, it was recently demonstrated that CTEPH is more common than previously thought after pulmonary embolism. Without treatment, CTEPH is associated with a very high mortality rate. Making the correct diagnosis early is essential, because there is a potential curative treatment in the form of pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE). Because of the unspecific clinical symptoms of CTEPH, the different imaging modalities play a crucial role in diagnosis making. Since the introduction of the multi-detector CT technology, CT has become an important part in the diagnostic work up of pulmonary embolism and CTEPH and is often used as a first-line diagnostic tool. CT is not only a reliable tool for the diagnosis of CTEPH, but also is helpful in estimating the operability of these patients. PTE is still associated with a mortality rate of about 10%. Particularly an insufficient decrease of the pulmonary vascular resistance after PTE leads to a very high mortality rate. Therefore, it is crucial to correlate the degree of the surgical accessible obstruction of the pulmonary vasculature with the degree of pulmonary hypertension in deciding for or against PTE. The aim of this review is to describe the CT findings in patients with CTEPH and their use in differentiating CTEPH from other diseases like acute pulmonary embolism and primary pulmonary hypertension. Moreover, the correlation of different CT imaging features with surgical success after PTE will be discussed. (orig.)

  2. Imaging method in the diagnosis of pulmonary thromboembolism

    Pulmonary thromboembolism has been a common cause of morbidity and mortality. The same has become the third cause of acute cardiovascular disease after acute myocardial infarction and cerebral vascular accident which has produced thousands of deaths per year. Two large multicenter studies have found that although it was reported a mortality rate of up to 50-58% in patients with hemodynamic compromise, even at hemodynamically stable patients the mortality rate varied from 8-15%. Studies of autopsy have shown that up to 10% of the intrahospital deaths are secondary to pulmonary thromboembolism, despite its high incidence have been difficult to diagnose. Within the diagnostic arsenal that has accounted this entity are found: the clinical assessment, laboratory tests such as D dimer, ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy, venous Doppler U.S. of the lower limbs, pulmonary angiography and computed tomography angiography. Helical computed tomography angiography has offered, in daily clinical practice, the first line study in patients with suspected pulmonary thromboembolism, this happens at the end of the decade of the eighties. The computed tomography angiography has offered many advantages with respect to its competitors including availability, cost-benefit, volumetric image acquisition, and with the reconstruction resulting, identification of alternative diagnoses, the ability of valuation of pelvic veins and inferior limbs at the same time and good interobserver concordance. Computed tomography has revolutionized radiology and medicine, it has been noninvasive diagnostic technique of great power that is in continuous development. This technique by its high spatial and temporal resolution to study virtually any organ and has replaced other techniques previously established in the diagnostic algorithms. The benefits of the technique have been clear but is not without limitations. Computed tomography studies should be performed only when they are clinically justified and

  3. Pulmonary thromboembolisms radiologically manifested as round-shaped shadows

    Vučićević-Trobok Jadranka

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction A radiologic finding takes a prominent place in establishing the diagnosis of pulmonary thromboembolism. It may rather vary in appearance, depending on the size of the obturated blood vessel. Changes in the pulmonary parenchyma develop within 24 hours after pulmonary thromboembolism attack occurs. In microembolism, the radiologic finding appears normal. Triangle-shaped shadows characteristic for pulmonary thromboembolism may appear as either round or oval on computerized CT scan. In standard chest X-ray finding, these lesions look like tumorous ones. Results Over the period from 1995 to 1997, there were 421 patients treated for pulmonary thromboembolism at the Institute of Pulmonary Diseases in Sremska Kamenica (Yugoslavia, whereas 3.09 % of them presented with an oval shadow in a standard chest X-ray or CT finding. The analysis performed in 1981 revealed that majority of patients with pulmonary thromboembolism (11.4% had round-shaped shadows. Discussion Any round-shaped shadow discovered by both standard chest X-ray and CT findings should be carefully investigated because differential diagnostics includes a variety of diseases. Conclusion A round-shaped or oval lung shadow seen in standard chest X-ray or CT finding should be suspected for lung cancer. Patients are therefore submitted to aggressive diagnostic procedures. Pulmonary thromboembolism should also be thought of in order to initiate proper treatment in time.

  4. Pulmonary arterial hypertension and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: pathophysiology

    M. Humbert

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH are two of the key subgroups of pulmonary hypertension. They are characterised by different risk factors. PAH can be associated with mutations in the gene encoding bone morphogenetic protein receptor type II (BMPR2, HIV infection, congenital heart disease, connective tissue disease (such as systemic sclerosis, and exposure to particular drugs and toxins including fenfluramine derivatives. In contrast, CTEPH can be associated with anti-phospholipid antibodies, splenectomy and the presence of a ventriculo-atrial shunt or an infected pacemaker. The first-line therapies used to treat PAH and CTEPH also differ. While medical therapy tends to be used for patients with PAH, pulmonary endarterectomy is the treatment of choice for patients with CTEPH. However, there are possible common mechanisms behind the two diseases, including endothelial cell dysfunction and distal pulmonary artery remodelling. Further research into these similarities is needed to assist the development of targeted pharmacological therapies for patients with inoperable CTEPH and patients who have persistent pulmonary hypertension after endarterectomy.

  5. Pulmonary arterial hypertension and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: pathophysiology.

    Humbert, M

    2010-03-01

    Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) are two of the key subgroups of pulmonary hypertension. They are characterised by different risk factors. PAH can be associated with mutations in the gene encoding bone morphogenetic protein receptor type II (BMPR2), HIV infection, congenital heart disease, connective tissue disease (such as systemic sclerosis), and exposure to particular drugs and toxins including fenfluramine derivatives. In contrast, CTEPH can be associated with anti-phospholipid antibodies, splenectomy and the presence of a ventriculo-atrial shunt or an infected pacemaker. The first-line therapies used to treat PAH and CTEPH also differ. While medical therapy tends to be used for patients with PAH, pulmonary endarterectomy is the treatment of choice for patients with CTEPH. However, there are possible common mechanisms behind the two diseases, including endothelial cell dysfunction and distal pulmonary artery remodelling. Further research into these similarities is needed to assist the development of targeted pharmacological therapies for patients with inoperable CTEPH and patients who have persistent pulmonary hypertension after endarterectomy. PMID:20956167

  6. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension - assessment by magnetic resonance imaging

    Kreitner, Karl-Friedrich; Kunz, R.P.; Oberholzer, Katja; Neeb, Daniel; Gast, Klaus K.; Dueber, Christoph [Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Mainz (Germany); Ley, Sebastian [Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Mainz (Germany); German Cancer Research Center, Department of Radiology, Heidelberg (Germany); Heussel, Claus-Peter [Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Mainz (Germany); Chest Clinic at University of Heidelberg, Department of Radiology, Heidelberg (Germany); Eberle, Balthasar [Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Department of Anesthesiology, Mainz (Germany); Inselspital, Department of Anesthesiology, Bern (Switzerland); Mayer, Eckhard [Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Department of Heart, Thorax and Vascular Surgery, Mainz (Germany); Kauczor, Hans-Ulrich [German Cancer Research Center, Department of Radiology, Heidelberg (Germany)

    2007-01-15

    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a severe disease that has been ignored for a long time. However, with the development of improved therapeutic modalities, cardiologists and thoracic surgeons have shown increasing interest in the diagnostic work-up of this entity. The diagnosis and management of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension require a multidisciplinary approach involving the specialties of pulmonary medicine, cardiology, radiology, anesthesiology and thoracic surgery. With this approach, pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA) can be performed with an acceptable mortality rate. This review article describes the developments in magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques for the diagnosis of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Techniques include contrast-enhanced MR angiography (ce-MRA), MR perfusion imaging, phase-contrast imaging of the great vessels, cine imaging of the heart and combined perfusion-ventilation MR imaging with hyperpolarized noble gases. It is anticipated that MR imaging will play a central role in the initial diagnosis and follow-up of patients with CTEPH. (orig.)

  7. Current concepts in the pathogenesis of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is characterized by fibrotic obstruction of the proximal pulmonary arteries, and it is believed to result from incomplete thrombus resolution after acute pulmonary embolism. While treatment for this condition with surgery and medical therapy has improved outcomes, our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying CTEPH is incomplete. Numerous risk factors have been associated with the development of CTEPH, including but not limited to acquired thrombophilias and chronic inflammatory states. A minority of patients with CTEPH have an abnormal fibrin structure that may delay thrombus resolution. Recently, examination of resected scar material in patients with CTEPH has suggested that deficient angiogenesis may play a role in thrombus nonresolution, and there is increasing interest in factors that drive intravascular scar formation. An additional challenge in CTEPH research is understanding the etiology and implications of the small-vessel disease present in many patients. Future work will likely be directed at understanding the pathways important to disease pathogenesis through further examinations of resected tissue material, continued work on animal models, and genomic approaches to identify alterations in gene expression or gene variants that may distinguish CTEPH from other forms of pulmonary hypertension. PMID:27252839

  8. Thrombosis and its significance after experimental pulmonary thromboembolism

    季颖群; 张中和; 张平

    2003-01-01

    Objective To study thrombosis and its significance after acute experimental pulmonary thromboembolism. Methods The acute pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) model of rabbits was established by intravenous injection of autologous blood clots (0.04 g/kg) which were stabilized in temperature-controlled (70℃) distilled water for 10 min. The process of thrombosis was observed grossly and microscopically. The Quick's method was used to examine the coagulability of blood and radioimmunoassay was employed to measure the level of plasma thromboxane A2 and endothelin. Results Thrombotic propensity was observed at 1 h, fresh thrombus started to form and the blood coagulation system was activated at 24 h following clots infusion. Emboli were completely or partly dissolved at 5 d and appeared to organize at both 10 d and 14 d after clots were infused. Venous plasma thromboxane A2 concentration began to increase at 5 min (2489.59±714.68 ng/L) and reached its maximum at 15 min (2545.46±590.58 ng/L) then declined at 60 min after clot infusion (P<0.001, respectively, vs 626.59±510.02 ng/L of pre-clot). The level of endothelin in both arterial and venous blood increased at 5 d post-clot infusion (840.74±154.19 ng/L, 230.35±52.39 ng/L, respectively) compared to the one before infusion (602.66±453.26 ng/L, 148.01±53.28 ng/L, respectively, P<0.05).Conclusions Thrombosis occurs after autologous-blood-clot-induced PTE. The interactions between thrombus formation, fibrinolysis and organization determines the consequences of emboli. Abnormalities of endothelin metabolism and the increment of thromboxane A2 may play an important role in PTE.

  9. Congenital Pulmonary Artery Stenoses Masquerading as Chronic Thromboembolic Disease

    Hemnes, Anna R.; Doyle, Thomas P.; Janssen, Dana; Robbins, Ivan M.

    2009-01-01

    Stenotic pulmonary vascular lesions, often amenable to balloon angioplasty, can erroneously appear to suggest chronic thromboembolic disease on ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scan. We report a case of multiple peripheral pulmonary artery stenoses and describe radiologic findings and treatment options.

  10. Balloon pulmonary angioplasty: a treatment option for inoperable patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    Aiko eOgawa

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available In chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, stenoses or obstructions of the pulmonary arteries due to organized thrombi can cause an elevation in pulmonary artery resistance, which in turn can result in pulmonary hypertension. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension can be cured surgically by pulmonary endarterectomy; however, patients deemed unsuitable for pulmonary endarterectomy due to lesion, advanced age, or comorbidities have a poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Recently, advances have been made in balloon pulmonary angioplasty for these patients, and this review highlights this recent progress.

  11. Cavitating Lung Lesions in Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension

    edwin j r van beek

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of this study is to assess the incidence and natural history of cavitating lung lesions in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH, note thrombus position between patients with and without a cavity and determine whether their development is a predictor of mortality. Materials & Methods: All patients with confirmed CTEPH attending our Pulmonary Vascular Unit between February 1998 and January 2006 were identified, and a review of their notes and imaging was performed. Thrombus position, pre-disposing factors, cavity progression and mortality were noted, and comparisons made between those with and without a cavity. Results: 11 of 104 patients had a cavity (10.6%. Thrombus distribution was similar between those with and those without a cavity. Preceding infection was not proven in  most cases. 27.3% of patients with a cavity died compared to 26.8% of those without. Conclusion: Cavity formation in CTEPH is 3 times more common than in acute pulmonary embolism. Thrombus position does not predict cavity development, and the presence of a cavity may serve as an indicator of disease severity but does not appear to predict mortality.

  12. Present diagnostic strategies for acute pulmonary thromboembolism. Results of a questionnaire in a retrospective trial conducted by the Respiratory Nuclear Medicine Working Group of the Japanese Society of Nuclear Medicine

    The aim of this study is to re-evaluate and clarify the diagnostic role of ventilation/perfusion lung scintigraphy in Japan, now that single-detector-row helical CT and multidetector-row CT are available in clinical practice. The Respiratory Nuclear Medicine Working Group of the Japanese Society of Nuclear Medicine distributed a questionnaire to institutions in Japan equipped with scintillation cameras as of September 2001. Of 1,222 institutions, 239 returned effective answers (19.6%). The most frequent combination for initial diagnosis of acute pulmonary thromboembolism was chest radiography, perfusion lung scintigraphy, and contrast-enhanced CT (111 institutions, 46.4%). The questionnaire revealed that the validity and usage of perfusion lung scintigraphy and those of contrast-enhanced CT were equivalent in the present clinical situation. On the other hand, the diagnostic value of ventilation lung scintigraphy in suspected pulmonary thromboembolism has not been established in Japan. Even though contrast-enhanced CT is widely used in Japan, perfusion lung scintigraphy is still required to determine disease severity and monitor its progress. (author)

  13. Present diagnostic strategies for acute pulmonary thromboembolism. Results of a questionnaire in a retrospective trial conducted by the Respiratory Nuclear Medicine Working Group of the Japanese Society of Nuclear Medicine

    Kawamoto, Masami; Inoue, Tomio [Yokohama City Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine; Ogura, Yasuharu; Narabayashi, Isamu [Osaka Medical Coll., Takatsuki (Japan); Honda, Norinari [Saitama Medical School, Kawagoe (Japan). Saitama Medical Center; Satoh, Katashi [Kagawa Medical Univ., Miki (Japan); Suga, Kazuyoshi [Yamaguchi Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine; Mori, Yutaka [Jikei Univ., Tokyo (Japan); Imai, Teruhiko [Nara Medical Univ., Kashihara (Japan)

    2002-12-01

    The aim of this study is to re-evaluate and clarify the diagnostic role of ventilation/perfusion lung scintigraphy in Japan, now that single-detector-row helical CT and multidetector-row CT are available in clinical practice. The Respiratory Nuclear Medicine Working Group of the Japanese Society of Nuclear Medicine distributed a questionnaire to institutions in Japan equipped with scintillation cameras as of September 2001. Of 1,222 institutions, 239 returned effective answers (19.6%). The most frequent combination for initial diagnosis of acute pulmonary thromboembolism was chest radiography, perfusion lung scintigraphy, and contrast-enhanced CT (111 institutions, 46.4%). The questionnaire revealed that the validity and usage of perfusion lung scintigraphy and those of contrast-enhanced CT were equivalent in the present clinical situation. On the other hand, the diagnostic value of ventilation lung scintigraphy in suspected pulmonary thromboembolism has not been established in Japan. Even though contrast-enhanced CT is widely used in Japan, perfusion lung scintigraphy is still required to determine disease severity and monitor its progress. (author)

  14. Observation of CT Changes of Thrombolysis in Treatment of Acute Massive Pulmonary Thromboembolism%急性大面积肺动脉血栓栓塞症溶栓治疗前后CT变化的观察

    潘玉兰; 韦金宏

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To observe the acute massive pulmonary thromboembolism CT changes before and after thrombolytic therapy.Methods:Spiral CT and electron beam CT pulmonary angiography in two ways of scanning, comparison and analysis of 23 cases of acute massive pulmonary thromboembolism patients before and after treatment with CT image change.Results:Thrombolytic therapy after two weeks, CT images of the observed changes significantly.The effect of thrombolytic therapy in patients with significant changes, there are significance.Conclusion:Clinical observation of patients with changes of CT signs for guiding treatment has important value.%  目的:观察急性大面积肺动脉血栓栓塞症溶栓治疗前后CT的变化情况。方法:采用螺旋CT及电子束CT肺血管造影两种方式扫描,分析对比23例急性大面积肺动脉血栓栓塞症溶栓患者治疗前后CT图像变化情况。结果:溶栓治疗两周后,CT图像的观察情况变化显著。患者溶栓治疗效果呈现显著变化,对比具有统计学意义。结论:临床观察患者治疗前后CT征象变化对于指导治疗具有重要价值。

  15. Decreased time constant of the pulmonary circulation in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    MacKenzie Ross, Robert V.; Toshner, Mark R.; Soon, Elaine; Naeije, Robert; Pepke-Zaba, Joanna

    2013-01-01

    This study analyzed the relationship between pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) and pulmonary arterial compliance (Ca) in patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH) and proximal chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). It has recently been shown that the time constant of the pulmonary circulation (RC time constant), or PVR × Ca, remains unaltered in various forms and severities of pulmonary hypertension, with the exception of left heart failure. We reasoned...

  16. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: a distinct disease entity

    Irene Lang

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH is a distinct subtype of pulmonary hypertension (PH. One disease hypothesis is that CTEPH results from the non-resolution of venous thromboembolism. CTEPH is characterised by the presence of obstructive fibrotic thromboembolic material in the major pulmonary vessels, with concomitant microvascular arteriopathy, resulting in progressive PH. The clinical presentation of CTEPH is similar to pulmonary arterial hypertension with nonspecific symptoms, but it is distinguished from pulmonary arterial hypertension by the presence of mismatched segmental defects on the ventilation/perfusion scan. The exact prevalence and incidence of CTEPH are unknown, but are thought to have been underestimated in the past. CTEPH is unique among the subgroups of PH in that it is potentially curable with pulmonary endarterectomy, a surgical intervention intended to remove the occlusive material from the pulmonary vasculature. However, in some patients the obstructions are technically inaccessible or the risk/benefit ratios are unfavourable, making the condition inoperable. It is thought that the involvement of the smaller, more distal vessels is a target for medical treatment. Untreated, CTEPH may result in right heart failure and death. The pathophysiological mechanisms which cause CTEPH are complex and have not yet been fully elucidated.

  17. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: a distinct disease entity.

    Lang, Irene

    2015-06-01

    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a distinct subtype of pulmonary hypertension (PH). One disease hypothesis is that CTEPH results from the non-resolution of venous thromboembolism. CTEPH is characterised by the presence of obstructive fibrotic thromboembolic material in the major pulmonary vessels, with concomitant microvascular arteriopathy, resulting in progressive PH. The clinical presentation of CTEPH is similar to pulmonary arterial hypertension with nonspecific symptoms, but it is distinguished from pulmonary arterial hypertension by the presence of mismatched segmental defects on the ventilation/perfusion scan. The exact prevalence and incidence of CTEPH are unknown, but are thought to have been underestimated in the past. CTEPH is unique among the subgroups of PH in that it is potentially curable with pulmonary endarterectomy, a surgical intervention intended to remove the occlusive material from the pulmonary vasculature. However, in some patients the obstructions are technically inaccessible or the risk/benefit ratios are unfavourable, making the condition inoperable. It is thought that the involvement of the smaller, more distal vessels is a target for medical treatment. Untreated, CTEPH may result in right heart failure and death. The pathophysiological mechanisms which cause CTEPH are complex and have not yet been fully elucidated. PMID:26028636

  18. Advances in the management of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

    Papamatheakis, Demosthenes G; Kim, Nick H

    2015-09-01

    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), a potentially curable form of pulmonary hypertension with pulmonary thromboendarterectomy surgery, has been the focus of significant medical advances. In addition to new imaging modalities that are now used to help recognize and diagnose CTEPH, additional treatment options have emerged for inoperable cases. These include a newly approved medical therapy for inoperable disease or persistent/recurrent CTEPH as well as percutaneous balloon angioplasty of the pulmonary arteries. In this article, we summarize these recent advances in the field and review the related literature. PMID:26239014

  19. Managing chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: pharmacological treatment options

    I. M. Lang

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH is a life-threatening condition in which organised thrombi obstruct the pulmonary vessels, causing increased pulmonary vascular resistance, progressive pulmonary hypertension (PH and right heart failure. The treatment of choice is pulmonary endarterectomy, which restores pulmonary haemodynamics with acceptable periprocedural mortality rates in the majority of suitable patients. However, CTEPH may be inoperable owing to surgically inaccessible thrombi or comorbid diseases that confer an unacceptably high risk. Pharmacotherapies, although not yet approved, may be useful in this situation or for treating residual or recurrent PH following surgery. Vasodilator drugs for PH are attracting growing interest as potential treatments for CTEPH because this disease has recently been labelled as a "dual" pulmonary vascular disorder: major vessel obstruction and remodelling is combined with a small vessel arteriopathy that is histologically indistinguishable from the classical pulmonary arteriopathy observed in pulmonary arterial hypertension. Of three completed randomised controlled trials in patients with CTEPH, only one was powered to detect a treatment effect. The BENEFIT trial employed the dual endothelin-receptor antagonist bosentan. Although haemodynamics improved significantly, the second component of the primary end-point, exercise capacity, was not met. More evidence is required to resolve whether vasodilator treatments are beneficial for inoperable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

  20. Masking of Pressure Overload in a Patient with Pulmonary Thromboembolism Accompanied by Atrial Septal Aneurysm

    Yu, Tae Kyung; Kim, Woo Shik; Kim, Weon

    2011-01-01

    A pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) causes a dramatic pressure overload to the right heart. Previous case reports have shown that elevated right atrial pressure secondary to a PTE can cause right-to-left shunting in the presence of an atrial septal aneurysm (ASA). A 57-year-old female with diabetes, hypertension, and an old cerebral infarction was admitted to our hospital with acute PTE. Initial transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) showed an ASA swing from the right side to the left side, and r...

  1. Anatomic Localization of Thrombi in Our Cases of Pulmonary Thromboembolism

    Cantürk Taþçý

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Aim: Pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE, known to be diagnosed with the disease requiring immediate treatment. Pulmonary angiography as the gold standard among the methods being used in the diagnosis of pulmonary CT angiography, ventilation perfusion scan, is located within the lower extremity venous Doppler ultrasound diagnostic algorithms. Scintigraphy and CT angiography in the diagnosis of PTE according to the conditions of the hospital may gain priority. In recent years, close to the accuracy of CT angiography results were obtained with the invasive angiography. Radiologists subsegment branches of pulmonary artery thrombus, a fact that they are looking forced. CT angiographic images of patients with pulmonary thromboembolism with thrombus in our study by examining the distribution profile were revealed. Radiologists and clinicians aimed to give information on this issue. Material and Method: Within one year period at our outpatient clinic of Chest Diseases and pulmonary CT angiography images of 37 patients diagnosed with PTE were reviewed retrospectively. Results: Determined the distribution and frequency of thrombi. Thrombus in the pulmonaryarteries are most commonly seen in all the branches to the lower lobes. The thrombus inthe left upper lobe was the least anatomical localisation. Discussion: Today, close to the results seen that BTPA invasive pulmonary angiography. Thrombioften seen as places for Clinicians and radiologists believe that information about the donor.

  2. Diagnostic advances and opportunities in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

    D'Armini, Andrea M

    2015-06-01

    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is characterised by the presence of thromboembolic material in the pulmonary circulation, and patients have a poor prognosis without treatment. Patients present with nonspecific symptoms, such as breathlessness and syncope, which means that other more common conditions are sometimes suspected before CTEPH, leading to delayed diagnosis and treatment. This is problematic because CTEPH is potentially curable with surgical pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA); indeed, CTEPH should always be considered in any patient with unexplained pulmonary hypertension (PH). Several key evaluations are necessary and complementary to confirm a diagnosis of CTEPH and assess operability. Echocardiography is initially used to confirm a general diagnosis of PH. Ventilation/perfusion scanning is then essential in the first stage of CTEPH diagnosis, with a wedge-shaped perfusion deficit indicative of CTEPH. This should be followed by right heart catheterisation (RHC) which is mandatory in confirming the diagnosis and providing haemodynamic parameters that are key predictors of the risk associated with PEA and subsequent prognosis. RHC is ideally coupled with conventional pulmonary angiography, the gold-standard technique for confirming the location and extent of disease, and thus whether the obstruction is surgically accessible. Computed tomographic pulmonary angiography is also now routinely used as a complementary technique to aid diagnosis and operability assessment. Recent improvements in the resolution of other noninvasive techniques, such as cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, allow for detailed reconstructions of the vascular tree and imaging of vessel defects, and interest in their use is increasing. PMID:26028637

  3. 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...

  4. Prophylaxis of thromboembolism in pulmonary artery by means of a filter implanted through the skin

    Implantation of REPTELA intravenous filter (X-ray-endovascular prophylaxis of thromboembolism in pulmonary arterie) was applied to 53 patients. Diagnosis of pulmonary artery thromboembolism (TELA) was verified by contrast angiopulmonography and perfussion scintigraphy of the lungs. Description of through-skin implantation of REPTELA filter is given. It is shown, that the given method provides for reliable prophylaxis of repeated thromboembolisms in pulmonary artery

  5. Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy after treatment with treprostenil in a chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension patient: a case report

    Porpodis K

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Konstantinos Porpodis1, Maria Konoglou2, Paul Zarogoulidis1, Evangelos Kaimakamis2, Theodoros Kontakiotis1, Despoina Papakosta1, Vasilis Zervas1, Nikolaos Katsikogiannis3, Nikolaos Courcoutsakis4, Alexandros Mitrakas5, Panagiotis Touzopoulos5, Michael Karanikas5, Konstantinos Zarogoulidis1, Aikaterini Markopoulou2 1Pulmonary Department, "G Papanikolaou" General Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; 2First Pulmonary Clinic, "G Papanikolaou" General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece; 3Surgery Department (NHS, University Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Greece; 4Radiology Department, University Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece; 5First University Surgery Department, University Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece Abstract: In recent years, there has been a major advance in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension. New medications are continually added to the therapeutic arsenal. The prostanoids are among the first agents used to treat pulmonary hypertension and are currently considered the most effective. This case study describes a 63-year-old man who was diagnosed with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension and successfully treated with subcutaneously administered treprostenil for 6 months before a successful pulmonary thromboendarterectomy. Treatment of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension often requires a multidisciplinary approach before surgery. Further evaluation of prostanoids is needed to define their role and time of initiation of medical therapy in these patients. Keywords: chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, prostanoids, treprostenil sodium, pulmonary thromboendarterectomy

  6. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: diagnostic impact of multislice-CT and selective pulmonary-DSA

    Purpose: To evaluate the diagnostic impact of multislice-CT and selective pulmonary DSA in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). Methods: 994 vessel segments of 14 consecutive patients with CTEPH were investigated with multislice-CT (slice thickness 3 mm, collimation 2.5 mm, reconstruction intervall 2 mm) and selective pulmonary DSA posterior-anterior, 45 oblique, and lateral projection. Analysis was performed by 2 investigators independently for CT and DSA. Diagnostic criteria were occlusions and non-occlusive changes like webs and bands, irregularities of the vessel wall, diameter reduction and thromboembolic depositions at different levels from central pulmonary arteries to subsegmental arteries. Reference diagnosis was made by synopsis of CT and DSA by consensus. Results: Concerning patency CT and DSA showed concordant findings overall in 88.9%, 92.9% for segmental arteries and 85.4% for subsegmental arteries. Concerning any thromboembolic changes, multislice-CT was significantly inferior to selective DSA (concordance 67.0% overall, 70.4% for segments and 63.6% for subsegments). Non-occlusive changes of the vessels were significantly underdiagnosed by CT (concordance of CT versus DSA: 23.1%). Conclusion: Multislice-CT and selective pulmonary DSA are equivalent for diagnosis of vessel occlusions at the level of segmental and subsegmental arteries. However, for visualisation of the non-occlusive thromboembolic changes of the vessel wall selective pulmonary DSA is still superior compared to multislice-CT. Multislice-CT and selective pulmonary DSA are complementary tools for diagnosis and treatment planning of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). (orig.)

  7. Pulmonary thromboembolism associated with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia in dogs: ten cases (1982-1987)

    Pulmonary thromboembolism was confirmed at necropsy in 10 (32.2%) of 31 dogs treated for immune-mediated hemolytic anemia. Radiographic findings associated with thromboembolism included pronounced interstitial lung pattern and small amounts of pleural effusion. Variables associated with significantly higher incidence of pulmonary thromboembolism included hyperbilirubinemia (P = 0.023), negative Coombs test result (P = 0.032), and presence of an indwelling catheter (P = 0.04). There was a tendency (P = 0.06) for association of higher number of whole blood transfusions with pulmonary thromboembolism

  8. Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension Associated with Chronic Inflammation.

    Kuse, Naoyuki; Abe, Shinji; Kuribayashi, Hidehiko; Fukuda, Asami; Kusunoki, Yuji; Narato, Ritsuko; Saito, Hitoshi; Gemma, Akihiko

    2016-01-01

    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is one of the leading causes of severe pulmonary hypertension. According to previously reported studies in the pertinent literature, chronic inflammatory conditions may be implicated in the development of CTEPH. We herein describe the case of a 56-year-old woman who was diagnosed with CTEPH in association with chronic infection. The patient had experienced five episodes of pneumonia in the five years prior to the diagnosis of CTEPH. Blood tests from the previous five years of outpatient follow-up demonstrated that the C-reactive protein level was slightly elevated. This case suggests that a relationship exists between chronic inflammation and CTEPH, and furthermore, may contribute towards elucidating the pathophysiology of CTEPH. PMID:27250055

  9. Characterization of proximal pulmonary arterial cells from chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension patients

    Quarck Rozenn

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH is associated with proximal pulmonary artery obstruction and vascular remodeling. We hypothesized that pulmonary arterial smooth muscle (PASMC and endothelial cells (PAEC may actively contribute to remodeling of the proximal pulmonary vascular wall in CTEPH. Our present objective was to characterize PASMC and PAEC from large arteries of CTEPH patients and investigate their potential involvement in vascular remodeling. Methods Primary cultures of proximal PAEC and PASMC from patients with CTEPH, with non-thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (PH and lung donors have been established. PAEC and PASMC have been characterized by immunofluorescence using specific markers. Expression of smooth muscle specific markers within the pulmonary vascular wall has been studied by immunofluorescence and Western blotting. Mitogenic activity and migratory capacity of PASMC and PAEC have been investigated in vitro. Results PAEC express CD31 on their surface, von Willebrand factor in Weibel-Palade bodies and take up acetylated LDL. PASMC express various differentiation markers including α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA, desmin and smooth muscle myosin heavy chain (SMMHC. In vascular tissue from CTEPH and non-thromboembolic PH patients, expression of α-SMA and desmin is down-regulated compared to lung donors; desmin expression is also down-regulated in vascular tissue from CTEPH compared to non-thromboembolic PH patients. A low proportion of α-SMA positive cells express desmin and SMMHC in the neointima of proximal pulmonary arteries from CTEPH patients. Serum-induced mitogenic activity of PAEC and PASMC, as well as migratory capacity of PASMC, were increased in CTEPH only. Conclusions Modified proliferative and/or migratory responses of PASMC and PAEC in vitro, associated to a proliferative phenotype of PASMC suggest that PASMC and PAEC could contribute to proximal vascular remodeling in CTEPH.

  10. Thrombo endarterectomy in Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.The first clinical case in Uruguay report

    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a delayed diagnosed disease with high morbidity and mortality, especially when untreated. Ventilation/perfusion lung scan confirms the thromboembolic etiology, but pulmonary angiography is still the gold standard diagnostic procedure for defining the extension and location of the disease and surgical indication. Right heart catheterization provides accurate prognostic and disease severity information. Pulmonary endarterectomy represents a potentially curative option in illegible patients

  11. Capnografia volumétrica como auxílio diagnóstico não-invasivo no tromboembolismo pulmonar agudo Volumetric capnography as a noninvasive diagnostic procedure in acute pulmonary thromboembolism

    Marcos Mello Moreira

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available O tromboembolismo pulmonar é uma situação freqüente que pode ser diagnosticada pela cintilografia pulmonar, angiotomografia computadorizada, arteriografia pulmonar e, como método de exclusão, dosagem do dímero-D. Como estes exames nem sempre estão disponíveis, a validação de outros métodos diagnósticos é fundamental. Relata-se o caso de uma paciente com hipertensão pulmonar crônica, agudizada por tromboembolismo pulmonar. Confirmou-se o diagnóstico por cintilografia, angiotomografia computadorizada, arteriografia pulmonar; a dosagem do dímero-D resultou positiva. A capnografia volumétrica associada à gasometria arterial foi realizada na admissão e após o tratamento. As variáveis obtidas foram comparadas com os resultados dos exames de imagem.Pulmonary thromboembolism is a common condition. Its diagnosis usually requires pulmonary scintigraphy, computed angiotomography, pulmonary arteriography and, in order to rule out other diagnoses, the measurement of D-dimer levels. Due to the fact that these diagnostic methods are not available in most Brazilian hospitals, the validation of other diagnostic techniques is of fundamental importance. We describe a case of a woman with chronic pulmonary hypertension who experienced a pulmonary thromboembolism event. Pulmonary scintigraphy, computed angiotomography and pulmonary arteriography were used in the diagnosis. The D-dimer test result was positive. Volumetric capnography was performed at admission and after treatment. The values obtained were compared with the imaging test results.

  12. [Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension--a position paper].

    Wilkens, H; Lang, I; Blankenburg, T; Grohé, C; Guth, S; Held, M; Klepetko, W; Konstantinides, S; Kramm, T; Krüger, U; Lankeit, M; Schäfers, H J; Seyfarth, H J; Mayer, E

    2014-12-01

    This position paper summarises current developments in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) including diagnostic approaches and treatment options. Based on the guidelines of the task force of CTEPH experts at the 5th World Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension in Nice 2013. Open questions arising during the treatment of patients with CTEPH are addressed. Patients with suspected CTEPH should undergo echocardiography and cardiopulmonary exercise testing. A ventilation/perfusion scan is the recommended imaging test for screening in the diagnostic algorithm for the evaluation of CTEPH. CTEPH-patients should be discussed in an expert center with an interdisciplinary team and an experienced PEA surgeon to decide the further treatment. Pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA) is the treatment of choice for patients with CTEPH. Medical therapy with PH-targeted medications for inoperable CTEPH and residual disease after PEA should only be initiated if evaluation reveals that the patient is no candidate for a PEA. Current data suggest that CTEPH patients treated with PEA have a better long-term survival rate and quality of life than patients treated with medical therapy. PMID:25084310

  13. Reserve capacity of lung vascular bed in pulmonary thromboembolism

    In order to estimate visual semi-quantitative analysis, we classified 25 patients of pulmonary thromboembolism into three groups by the extent of perfusion defects from lung scintigrams. (1) group A: The size defects to be less than 25% of the usual volume of total pulmonary vascular bed (TPV). (2) group B: That between 25% and 50% of TPV. (3) group C: That between 50% and 75% of TPV. A good correlation was observed between the degree of extent of perfusion defects and the angiographic severity index evaluated from pulmonary angiography (in 13 cases). The mean value of arterial oxygen tension in room air showed the severity of perfusion defects. Mean pulmonary arterial pressure of group B(42.1 +- 17.9mmHg) and group C(42.7 +- 12.5mmHg) was significantly higher than that of group A(13.4 +- 3.3mmHg). Right ventricular ejection fractions of group B(38.3 +- 9.6%) and group C(26.5 +- 4.5%) were lower than that of group A(51.0 +- 0.8%). While the mean value of cardiac index of group A(2.1 +- 0.5) and group B(1.9 +- 0.4) was not different, that of group C(1.4 +- 0.2) showed significantly lower value of cardiac index than that of other two groups. So we had an assumption that these cases of group C could not maintain enough volume of cardiac output. In conclusion, lung reserve capacity of pulmonary circulation was almost exhausted in group C: that is, the extent of perfusion defects reached to 50-75% of TPV. (author)

  14. Incidence of recurrent venous thromboembolism and of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension in patients after a first episode of pulmonary embolism.

    Poli, Daniela; Grifoni, Elisa; Antonucci, Emilia; Arcangeli, Chiara; Prisco, Domenico; Abbate, Rosanna; Miniati, Massimo

    2010-10-01

    After a first episode of pulmonary embolism (PE), two major problems need to be considered: risk of recurrence when anticoagulation is stopped, and risk of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTPH). We followed prospectively consecutive patients who survived a first episode of PE, with or without deep vein thrombosis, to assess the incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) recurrences and of symptomatic and asymptomatic CTPH. After 3-6 months of oral anticoagulant therapy (OAT) patients underwent transthoracic echocardiography for measuring transtricuspid (rV-rA) gradient. When rV-rA gradient was >35 mmHg further evaluations were performed to rule in or out CTPH. During follow-up patients who developed persistent dyspnea were re-evaluated. In patients who underwent OAT withdrawal D-dimer (DD), prothrombin fragment 1 + 2 (F1 + 2), and thrombophilia were evaluated one month after warfarin discontinuation. Overall, 239 patients, 118 males, median age 59(16-89) years, were followed up for a median time of 36(9-192) months. Nine patients had rV-rA gradient >30 mmHg and ≤35 mmHg, and one of 37 mmHg. Among patients with normal rV-rA gradient, one developed persistent dyspnea 55 months after the first event and CPTH was confirmed. Among 206 patients who stopped OAT, 23(11.2%) had VTE recurrence, 11 PE(48%). Elevated DD and F1 + 2 levels after stopping OAT were significantly associated with recurrence. None of patients with recurrent VTE had elevated rV-rA gradient. In our series the incidence of CTPH after a first episode of PE was 0.4%. VTE recurrence and elevated DD and F1 + 2 levels seemed not to be related to the development of CTPH. PMID:20157841

  15. A comparison between ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy and multislice spiral CT in the diagnosis of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    Objective: Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is one of the important causes of pulmonary hypertension with poor prognosis. Several imaging techniques had been used to identify CTEPH. The aim of this study was to assess the reliability of ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy and multislice spiral CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in the diagnosis of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, and the concordance rate (or 'agreement' as in the original article) between the two techniques. Methods: Forty-nine in-patients with pulmonary hypertension without history of con- genital heart disease, valvular heart disease and acute pulmonary embolism were included in this study. All these patients underwent V/Q scintigraphy as well as CTPA for detecting CTEPH. The final diagnosis was confirmed by pulmonary angiograpy. The results of V/Q scintigraphy and CTPA were compared with the χ2 test. Results: The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of V/Q scintigraphy in diagnosis of CTEPH was 100.0% (17/17), 71.9% (23/32) and 81.6% (40/49), respectively, and those of CTPA was 94.1% (16/17), 81.2% (26/32) and 85.7% (42/49), respectively. The concordance rate was 75.5% (37/49, Kappa=0.513), no statistically significant difference (χ2=0.75, P > 0.05 ) was found between V/Q scintigraphy and CTPA. Conclusion: Both V/Q scintigraphy and CTPA are reliable to diagnose CTEPH. (authors)

  16. CT findings in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension; Spiral-CT bei chronisch thromboembolischer pulmonaler Hypertonie

    Heinrich, M.; Grgic, A.; Heckmann, M.; Kramann, B. [Abt. fuer Radiodiagnostik, Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Homburg (Germany); Tscholl, D.; Schaefers, H.J. [Abt. fuer Herz-, Thorax- und Gefaesschirurgie, Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Homburg (Germany); Uder, M. [Inst. fuer Diagnostische Radiologie, Friedrich Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nuernberg, Erlangen (Germany)

    2005-07-01

    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is thought to be a rare complication of pulmonary embolism. However, it was recently demonstrated that CTEPH is more common than previously thought after pulmonary embolism. Without treatment, CTEPH is associated with a very high mortality rate. Making the correct diagnosis early is essential, because there is a potential curative treatment in the form of pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE). Because of the unspecific clinical symptoms of CTEPH, the different imaging modalities play a crucial role in diagnosis making. Since the introduction of the multi-detector CT technology, CT has become an important part in the diagnostic work up of pulmonary embolism and CTEPH and is often used as a first-line diagnostic tool. CT is not only a reliable tool for the diagnosis of CTEPH, but also is helpful in estimating the operability of these patients. PTE is still associated with a mortality rate of about 10%. Particularly an insufficient decrease of the pulmonary vascular resistance after PTE leads to a very high mortality rate. Therefore, it is crucial to correlate the degree of the surgical accessible obstruction of the pulmonary vasculature with the degree of pulmonary hypertension in deciding for or against PTE. The aim of this review is to describe the CT findings in patients with CTEPH and their use in differentiating CTEPH from other diseases like acute pulmonary embolism and primary pulmonary hypertension. Moreover, the correlation of different CT imaging features with surgical success after PTE will be discussed. (orig.)

  17. Oral beraprost sodium improves exercise capacity and ventilatory efficiency in patients with primary or thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    Nagaya, N; Shimizu, Y; Satoh, T.; Oya, H.; Uematsu, M.; Kyotani, S; Sakamaki, F; N. Sato; Nakanishi, N; Miyatake, K

    2002-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the effect of beraprost sodium, an orally active prostacyclin analogue, on exercise capacity and ventilatory efficiency in patients with primary pulmonary hypertension and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

  18. Effects of bosentan on peripheral endothelial function in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension or chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    Hirashiki, Akihiro; Adachi, Shiro; Nakano, Yoshihisa; Kamimura, Yoshihiro; Shimokata, Shigetake; Takeshita, Kyosuke; Murohara, Toyoaki; Kondo, Takahisa

    2016-01-01

    Endothelin receptor antagonists (ERAs) have been shown to improve the prognosis of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). However, the effect of the oral dual ERA bosentan on peripheral endothelial dysfunction (PED), as assessed by flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD), in patients with pulmonary hypertension is not well characterized. We investigated the effect of bosentan on PED in patients with PAH or inoperable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). A total of 18 ...

  19. Direct Oral Anticoagulants and Their Use in Treatment and Secondary Prevention of Acute Symptomatic Venous Thromboembolism.

    Granziera, Serena; Hasan, Arjumand; Cohen, Alexander Ander T

    2016-04-01

    Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have been compared with standard therapy in large phase III studies to assess their safety and efficacy in the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism and in the secondary prevention of recurrent venous thromboembolism. Although the mean population age and the gross inclusion and exclusion criteria were similar across these studies, they differed in other aspects such as overall study design and acute treatment strategies. The 4 DOACs examined in phase III trials (apixaban, edoxaban, rivaroxaban, and dabigatran) showed noninferiority compared with standard therapy for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism and for the prevention of recurrent venous thromboembolism. Furthermore, these DOACs exhibited a similar safety profile to standard therapy, with the risk of major bleeding significantly reduced in some of these studies. Rivaroxaban and apixaban were tested as a single-drug approach, whereas in the dabigatran and edoxaban studies, initial bridging with parenteral agents was employed. The purpose of this review is to compare the phase III studies of DOACs in this indication, to highlight the differences, and to discuss a series of clinically relevant issues, including the management of key patient subgroups (eg, fragile patients, those with cancer or renal impairment), extended treatment, use of comedications, heparin pretreatment versus a single-drug approach, and the bleeding profiles of the DOACs. PMID:26329910

  20. 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...

  1. Heart rate response during 6-minute walking testing predicts outcome in operable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    Richter, Manuel Jonas; Milger, Katrin; Tello, Khodr; Stille, Philipp; Seeger, Werner; Mayer, Eckhard; Ghofrani, Hossein A.; Gall, Henning

    2016-01-01

    Background Six-minute walk test (6MWT) is routinely performed in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) before pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA). However, the clinical relevance of heart rate response (ΔHR) and exercise-induced oxygen desaturation (EID) during 6MWT is remaining unknown. Methods Patients undergoing PEA in our center between 03/2013-04/2014 were assessed prospectively with hemodynamic and exercise parameters prior to and 1 year post-PEA. Patients with symptomatic ch...

  2. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension in young woman with history of caesarian section

    Nitia A. Asbarinsyah; Rarsari S. Soerarso; Nani Hersunarti; Siswanto, Bambang B.

    2015-01-01

    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is one of subgroups of pulmonary hypertension. This is a serious medical condition that severely under diagnosed. CTEPH is commonly underdiagnosed due to non specific symptoms and lack of diagnostic tools. The aim of this presentation is to discuss the etiology, risk factors, diagnosis and management of CTEPH. A 36-year-old woman presented with easily fatigue and dyspneu on effort since two years ago. The symptom occured about three months...

  3. Initial experience of emergent intrapulmonary interventional therapy for acute pulmonary thromboembolism%经皮导管碎栓取栓联合局部溶栓治疗急性肺栓塞的临床观察

    刘洁; 唐忠志; 邱怀明; 杨剑虹; 程青; 邬明; 赵智刚; 陈晓娟

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨应用经皮导管碎栓、取栓联合局部溶栓治疗急性肺栓塞的可行性、疗效和安全性.方法 分析33例采用导管碎栓、取栓联合局部溶栓治疗急性肺栓塞患者的临床资料,观察患者临床症状、肺动脉平均压、血氧分压和肺动脉开通情况.结果 33例患者均成功行经皮导管碎栓、取栓联合局部溶栓治疗,有效率为90.9%,无严重手术相关并发症.结论 对急性肺栓塞患者行介入治疗是一种起效快、疗效确切、并发症少的方法,值得临床应用及推广.%Objective To investigate the methods,efficacy and security of intrapulmonary interventional therapy on acute pulmonary embolism. Methods 33 cases with acute pulmonary embolism were treated with intrapulmonary interventional therapy. The patients were treated with the catheter to mash and suck thrombosis, and then followed by transcatheter thrombolysis therapy. The clinical symptoms, pulmonary arterial recanalization, MPAP and PaO2 were observed before and after the procedure. The patients who had deep vein thrombus were putted the inferior caval vein filters at the same time. Results 33 cases showed clinical symptoms improvement immediately, and PaO2 increased while MAPA dropped 90.9 percent of cases had eliminated thrombus in pulmonary artery almost completely without related complications 9. 1 percent of cases had some thrombus still in the pulmonary artery branches but no obvious clinical symptoms. Conclusions The application of intrapulmonary interventional therapy and combine the thrombolysis medicine for the acute pulmonary embolism is feasible, effective and safe. It is worth to be used and promoted.

  4. Experimental study of pulmonary thromboembolism ischemia-reperfusion injury in canine model

    Objective: To establish a canine model of pulmonary thromboembolism ischemia- reperfusion injury (PTE IRI) that may be used for imaging study. Methods: Ten male and 10 female healthy mongrel canines with (18.6±0.8) kg/body weight, were used. A Swan-Ganz catheter was introduced into the right internal jugular vein via a preset percutaneous sheath using the Seldinger technique, and then was with further insertion the pulmonary artery. Balloon occlusion of the right inferior lobe pulmonary artery for 4 hours was followed by removing the catheter and ending with 4 hours of reperfusion. CT was performed before ischemia, 4 h after ischemia and 4 h after reperfusion. At last, dogs were killed and the bilateral inferior lung tissues were prepared for the examination by light and electronic microscopy. Results: All canine models were successfully developed pulmonary thromboembolism ischemia-reperfusion injury. The examination of CT, light and electron microscopy consistently indicated the presence of permeability pulmonary edema after reperfusion. Conclusions: A closed-chest canine model in vivo of pulmonary thromboembolism ischemia-reperfusion injury can be established with virtual pathophysiological process in human and be as well as for imaging experimental study. (authors)

  5. Clinical and haemodynamic evaluation of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension patients scheduled for pulmonary thromboendarterectomy: Is schistosomiasis hypertension an important confounding factor?

    Mario Terra-Filho

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension is a disease affecting approximately 4,000 people per year in the United States. The incidence rate in Brazil, however, is unknown. The estimated survival for patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension without treatment is approximately three years. Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy for select patients is a potentially curative procedure when correctly applied. In Brazil, the clinical and hemodynamic profiles of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension patients have yet to be described. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical and hemodynamic characteristics of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension patients scheduled for pulmonary thromboendarterectomy in a referral center for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension treatment in Brazil. METHODS: From December 2006 to November 2009, patients were evaluated and scheduled for pulmonary thromboendarterectomy. The subjects were classified according to gender, age and functional class and were tested for thrombofilia and brain natriuretic peptide levels. RESULTS: Thirty-five consecutive chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension patients were evaluated. Two patients tested positive for schistosomiasis, and 31 were enrolled in the study (19 female, 12 male. The majority of patients were categorized in functional classes III and IV. Hemodynamic data showed a mean pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR of 970.8 ± 494.36 dynas·s·cm-5 and a low cardiac output of 3.378 ± 1.13 L/min. Linear regression revealed a direct relation between cardiac output and pulmonary vascular resistance. Paradoxical septal movement was strongly correlated with pulmonary vascular resistance and cardiac output (p=0.001. Brain natriuretic peptide serum levels were elevated in 19 of 27 patients. CONCLUSIONS: In a referral center for pulmonary hypertension in Brazil, chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension patients evaluated for

  6. 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

  7. Acute pulmonary thromboembolism after the operation of esophageal cancer in 27 cases%食管癌术后并发急性肺血栓栓塞症27例临床分析

    侯建国; 赵新吉; 刘志才; 管福顺; 赵现军; 连永丰

    2011-01-01

    Objective To improve the rate of diagnosis and cure in acute pulmonary embolism after the operation of esophageal cancer by summarizing the feature of its clinical symptoms, diagnosis and treatments. Methods Analyzing the importance of symptoms, signs, and the auxiliary examination in the diagnosis of the 27 patients with acute pulmonary embolism and the importance of anticoagulation and thrombolysis in the therapy of the disease. Results Twenty-two patients (86%) were cured after the treatment of anticoagulation and thrombolysis, and 4 patients(14%) were dead. Conclusions The acute pulmonary embolism is lack of specific clinical symptoms and the treatment of anticoagulation and thrombolysis can help most patients receive a better prognosis.%目的 总结食管癌术后并发急性肺栓塞的临床特征、诊断和治疗,以提高其诊断率和治愈率.方法 分析27例食管癌术后并发急性肺栓塞患者的症状、体征、各项辅助检查在诊断中的价值以及抗凝、溶栓治疗的重要性.结果 本组27例患者经溶栓、抗凝等治疗后,治愈23例(86%),死亡4例(14%).结论 食管癌术后并发急性肺栓塞临床表现缺乏特异性,早期诊断,早抗凝、溶栓,大部分患者可获得较好的预后.

  8. Acute Arterial Thromboembolism In The Extremities: A Case Series In Sina General Hospital,1991-97

    Zafarghandy MRt Nasiri Sheikhani N

    2002-01-01

    "Arterial Thromboembolism" is the most common cause of "Acute Arterial Ischemia" of extremities. In this study, It is attempted to collect retrospectively some documentary information of all "acute arterial thromboembolic occlusions of the limbs"."nMaterials and Methods: In descriptive retrograde study in Sina General hospital, all related records in this regard were collected from March 1991 to March 1997. To reveal the statistical o...

  9. Venous thromboses and thromboembolism in acute stroke: risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

    Andrei Viktorovich Fonyakin; L A Geraskina

    2013-01-01

    Stroke patients among all patients with somatic diseases are at one of the highest risks for venous thromboembolism (VTE). The proven risk factors for venous thrombosis in stroke are prolonged immobilization, elderly age, obesity, diabetes mellitus, and inherited coagulopathies. If no drug prevention is done, the course of stroke is complicated by deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in 75% of the immobilized patients and pulmonary thromboembolism develops in 20%. At present there are mechanical, pharm...

  10. Pulmonary Thromboembolic Disease: A New Role for Computed Tomography

    Olsan, Adam D.; Matthews, Charles C.; Sullivan, Michael A.

    2002-01-01

    Over the past few years, computed tomography (CT) has emerged as a common noninvasive, definitive, alternative to ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy scan and pulmonary angiography in the evaluation of patients suspected of having pulmonary emboli. Additionally, recent articles have investigated the possibility of using CT to identify deep venous thrombi following a spiral CT pulmonary angiogram. Using the same bolus of contrast as that administered for a CT pulmonary angiogram, the ultimate g...

  11. Inoperable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension treated with riociguat: A case study.

    Ortiz-Bautista, Carlos; Ochoa-Parra, Nuria; Navas-Tejedor, Paula; Morán-Fernández, Laura; Gómez-Sánchez, Miguel Ángel

    2015-12-01

    A 51-year-old woman presented with a one-year history of progressive dyspnea, WHO functional class III-IV and exercise-related syncope. Transthoracic echocardiography and computed tomography pulmonary angiography were performed, leading to a diagnosis of pulmonary arterial hypertension. She was referred to our pulmonary hypertension unit, where a complete study was performed, including ventilation/perfusion scan, which was consistent with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Risk factors for this condition were excluded and therapeutic options were evaluated. Imaging studies showed distal pulmonary disease so pulmonary endarterectomy was rejected. Further therapeutic options were evaluated and the patient was subsequently enrolled in an open-label uncontrolled trial with riociguat. After one year of treatment, significant improvement in functional class, 6-minute walk test and NT-proBNP were seen, without significant secondary effects. PMID:26632111

  12. The role of mononuclear cell tissue factor and inflammatory cytokines in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

    Yang, Minxia; Deng, Chaosheng; Wu, Dawen; Zhong, Zhanghua; Lv, Xiaoting; Huang, Zhihua; Lian, Ningfang; Liu, Kaixiong; Zhang, Qiaoxian

    2016-07-01

    Thrombosis and inflammation are two major factors underlying chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). Tissue factor (TF), C-reactive protein (CRP), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 (MCP-1) may play critical roles in the process of CTEPH thrombosis and pulmonary vascular remodeling. Ten patients with a confirmed diagnosis of CTEPH, 20 patients with acute pulmonary thromboembolism and 15 patients with other types of pulmonary hypertension were enrolled in this study, along with 20 healthy subjects as the control group. The immunoturbidimetric method was used to determine the plasma content of CRP. The plasma levels of TNF-α, MCP-1, and TF antigen were measured by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and TF activity was measured by the chromogenic substrate method. Percoll density gradient centrifugation was used to separate peripheral blood mononuclear cells from plasma. The level of monocyte TF mRNA was examined by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction. The correlations between all indices described above were analyzed. In CTEPH patients, the expression of CRP, TNF-α, and MCP-1 was significantly higher than that in controls (P CRP, MCP-1, and TNF-α significantly correlated with the level of TF antigen in plasma. TF gene expression was increased in patients with CTEPH, suggesting that blood-borne TF mainly comes from mononuclear cells. TF expression significantly correlated with levels of CRP, TNF-α and MCP-1. These factors may play an important role in the development of CTEPH via the inflammation-coagulation-thrombosis cycle. PMID:26667361

  13. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension in young woman with history of caesarian section

    Nitia A. Asbarinsyah

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH is one of subgroups of pulmonary hypertension. This is a serious medical condition that severely under diagnosed. CTEPH is commonly underdiagnosed due to non specific symptoms and lack of diagnostic tools. The aim of this presentation is to discuss the etiology, risk factors, diagnosis and management of CTEPH. A 36-year-old woman presented with easily fatigue and dyspneu on effort since two years ago. The symptom occured about three months after she gave birth with caesarian section due to preeclampsia. Further history taking, physical examination, electrocardiography (ECG and echocardiography were highly suggestive of pulmonary hypertension. No deep vein thrombosis (DVT was found on vascular femoral sonography. It was found after the lung perfusion scintigraphy performed that she actually had CTEPH. This patient was categorized as inoperable because CT pulmonary angiography showed no thrombus. The patient got pulmonary vasodilator and oral anticoagulant for lifelong.

  14. 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...

  15. CHRONIC THROMBOEMBOLIC PULMONARY HYPERTENSION AND PROBLEMS OF RARE AND INTERDISCIPLINARY DISEASE

    N. A. Shostak

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH is a rare life-threatening disease with a prevalence of 2 cases per 100000 population. CTEPH is a chronic, progressive disease characterized by high disability and mortality rates in young and middle-aged people, often with underlying genetic and autoimmune thrombophilic disorders. The need for pathogenetic therapy with orphan drugs that can slow the progression of the disease is supported.

  16. Clinical manifestations and pulmonary histopathological analysis related to different diseases in patients with fatal pulmonary thromboembolism: an autopsy study

    Ruppert, Aline Domingos Pinto; Soeiro, Alexandre de Matos; de Almeida, Maria Carolina Feres; de Oliveira, Múcio Tavares; Serrano, Carlos V; Capelozzi, Vera Luiza

    2014-01-01

    Background To correlate underlying diseases, in autopsies of patients with pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) to histological findings and manifestations reviewed in the medical records. Methods The autopsy records between 2001 and 2008 of 291 patients whose cause of death was PTE were reviewed. The following data were obtained: age, sex, clinical “in vivo” manifestations, postmortem pathological patterns, and main associated underlying diseases, cancers, and surgeries performed in the last hosp...

  17. Pulmonary thromboembolism and deep vein thrombosis in antiphospholipid syndrome: Case report

    Vučićević-Trobok Jadranka

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Systemic lupus erythematosus is a multisystemic disease of unknown etiology with diverse clinical symptoms depending on the organ affected. Plasma of affected patients contains a specific anticoagulant called lupus anticoagulant. It is an antibody which belongs to the class of antiphospholipid antibodies which bind to phospholipid-binding proteins molecules of natural coagulation inhibitors, thus increasing the risk of thrombosis. Systemic lupus erythematosus commonly affects the skin, joints serosa, hematopoietic tissue, kidneys and the nervous system. Pulmonary symptoms may manifest as pleurisy, pneumonia, chronic interstitial pulmonary disease, but pulmonary thromboembolism is the most common pulmonary manifestation. Case Report This is a case report of a young female patient who has been suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus for twenty years She was treated for superficial thrombophlebitis for several times. She was admitted to our hospital a year before, when she developed pulmonary thromboembolism following deep venous thrombosis of the right leg, although at that time she was treated by oral anticoagulants. She was discharged from hospital with vena cava filter placement and further anticoagulant treatment In a one year period she was hospitalized again due to relapse pulmonary of thromboembolism. Discussion Thrombotic complications in systemic lupus are more frequent in patients with antiphospholipid antibodies. Prevention of thrombotic complications by anticoagulant agents in patients who already developed thrombotic manifestations is considered necessary. Conclusion Anticoagulant treatment should be, for preventive reasons, introduced in all patients with a systemic disease and with anticoagulant factor, even if they haven't developed a thrombotic attack and they should undergo prothrombin time measurements and INR: 3-4.

  18. Trombo-embolismo pulmonar: necesitamos sospecha clínica Pulmonary thromboembolism: clinical suspicion required

    M. T. García-Sanz

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available La enfermedad tromboembólica venosa (ETV es un importante problema de salud, con una incidencia anual de 1-2 casos /1.000 personas. Un tercio de los pacientes con ETV sintomática cursan con tromboembolismo pulmonar (TEP, que es frecuentemente infradiagnosticado debido a su presentación clínica variable e inespecífica. El conocimiento de los signos y síntomas de la ETV puede reducir los retrasos en el diagnóstico y, con ello, la morbimortalidad asociada. Sin embargo, el TEP se puede presentar con un amplio espectro clínico, desde apenas síntomas hasta shock o inestabilidad hemodinámica, por lo que no debemos limitar la sospecha de TEP a aquellos pacientes con presentación típica; además esta posibilidad diagnóstica debe ser considerada no sólo ante la presencia de síntomas agudos, sino también en aquellos pacientes con síntomas respiratorios de evolución prolongada.Venous thromboembolism (VTE is a major health problem, with an annual incidence of 1-2 per 1,000 person-years. One in three patients with symptomatic VTE presents pulmonary embolism (PE, which is often underdiagnosed due to variable and nonspecific clinical presentation. Knowing the signs and symptoms of VTE can reduce delays in diagnosis, and thus VTE-related morbidity and mortality as well. Nevertheless, PE can present a wide clinical spectrum, ranging from being asymptomatic to shock or hemodynamic instability, which is why PE suspicion should not be limited to those patients with typical presentation. Therefore, this diagnostic possibility should not only be considered for patients with acute symptoms, but also for those with persistent respiratory symptoms.

  19. Surgical and post-operative treatment of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    E. Mayer

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH have fibrous obstructions in their proximal pulmonary arteries, as well as a variable degree of secondary vascular remodelling of distal, surgically inaccessible, small pulmonary vessels. Pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA is currently the only potentially curative treatment option for CTEPH, although it is not known whether it has a beneficial effect on established secondary remodelling. Medical pre-treatment with therapies specific for pulmonary hypertension is often used as a bridge to PEA. The aim of PEA is the mechanical removal of the proximal fibrous pulmonary artery obstruction as completely as possible while avoiding vascular injury within the lung. The challenge is to find and follow the correct pulmonary artery endarterectomy plane in the time allowed during brief periods of circulatory arrest. Learning the operative technique is a complex process and, thus, early mortality after PEA decreases with increasing levels of surgical training and experience. Most patients experience lasting symptomatic and haemodynamic improvements after PEA, with only 10–20% having persistent or recurrent pulmonary hypertension after surgery.

  20. Pre- and postoperative assessment of hemodynamics in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension by MR techniques

    Purpose: To evaluate the potential of MRI to grade cardiac impairment and pulmonary hypertension in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) in comparison with invasive pressure measurements before and after surgery. Material and Methods: We examined 35 patients with CTEPH before and after pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE). For assessment of hemodynamics, velocity-encoded segmented GE-sequences (pulmonary arteries and ascending aorta) and segmented cine GE-sequences along the short axis of the heart were performed. The analysis comprised calculation of ejection fractions, peak velocities, mean pulmonary arterial flow and vessel diameter. 10 volunteers served as controls. Flow measurements were compared to invasively measured mean pulmonary arterial pressure (MPAP) and vascular resistance (PVR). Results: Compared to volunteers, CTEPH-patients showed significantly reduced right ventricular ejection fractions (p<0.001), pulmonary peak velocity (p<0.001) and significantly increased diameters of the pulmonary arteries (p<0.001). The flow measurements in the aorta (2713 ml/min) and the pulmonary arteries (2088 ml/min) revealed a large bronchopulmonary shunt. After PTE, there was a significant reduction in vessel diameter (p<0.001). This was associated with a significant increase in pulmonary peak velocities (p<0.001). The increase in pulmonary peak velocities correlated with the decrease of PVR (r=0.5) and MPAP (r=0.6). The ejection fraction of the right ventricle correlated with PVR (r=0.6) and MPAP (r=0.7). The postoperative decrease in MPAP correlated with the increase in right ventricular ejection fraction (r=0.8). After PTE there was no bronchopulmonary shunt volume. All patients had an inverse motion of the interventricular septum. It returned to normal in 68% of patients after surgery. Conclusion: Breath-hold MR-technique enable non-invasive assessment of pulmonary hemodynmics in patients with CTEPH. For postoperative follow

  1. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension as a cause of dyspnoea in an older patient with a complex history

    Kähler, C M

    2009-01-01

    A full diagnostic work-up for patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) is vital. Classification and diagnosis of the underlying cause is important to ensure optimal management, but may be complicated by overlapping signs and symptoms. This case study describes how a full work-up identified chronic thromboembolic PH (CTEPH) as the cause of dyspnoea in a 68-yr-old male with a history of pulmonary embolism and an original diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Key indicators includ...

  2. Assessment of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension by three-dimensional contrast-enhanced MR angiography - comparison with selective intraarterial DSA

    Purpose: This study compares contrast-enhanced 3D-MR angiography (MRA) of the pulmonary arteries with selective intraarterial DSA in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Materials and methods: 20 patients preoperatively underwent a contrast-enhanced 3D-MRA of the pulmonary arteries at 1.5 T using the phased-array body coil. For MRA, we used a 3D-Flash-sequence after bolus timing. 2 radiologists analyzed the acquired image material in consensus with respect to the detection of central thromboembolic material and the visualization of the pulmonary arterial tree. Finally, the MR angiograms were compared with selective DSA images using surgical findings as the definitive standard. Results: MRA demonstrated central thromboembolic material, vessel cut-offs and abnormal proximal-to-distal tapering in all patients. Compared to DSA, MRA depicted the pulmonary vessels up to the segmental level in all cases, it was inferior to DSA in delineation of the subsegmental arteries (sensitivity 87%, specificity 100%). The central beginning of the thromboembolic occlusions seen at MRA corresponded to the beginning of the deobliteration procedure during pulmonary thromboendarterectomy in every case. (orig.)

  3. Medical therapies for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: an evolving treatment paradigm.

    Bresser, Paul; Pepke-Zaba, Joanna; Jaïs, Xavier; Humbert, Marc; Hoeper, Marius M

    2006-09-01

    Pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA) is recommended as the treatment of choice for eligible patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). However, only a proportion of patients fulfill the criteria for surgical intervention. In addition, operated patients with CTEPH may experience a gradual hemodynamic and symptomatic decline related to a secondary hypertensive arteriopathy in the small precapillary pulmonary vessels. It has also been questioned what can be done to reduce risks from PEA surgery to improve outcome in "high risk" patients with CTEPH with substantial impairment of pulmonary hemodynamics before surgery. Such patients may benefit from preoperative reduction of pulmonary vascular resistance by means of medical therapy. Conventional medical treatments, such as anticoagulation, diuretics, digitalis, and chronic oxygen therapy, show low efficacy in the treatment of CTEPH as they do not affect underlying disease processes. Over the last decade, several novel therapies have been developed for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), including prostacyclin analogs (epoprostenol, beraprost, iloprost), endothelin receptor antagonists (bosentan, sitaxsentan, ambrisentan), and phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (sildenafil). Evidence of efficacy in PAH, coupled with studies showing histopathologic similarities between CTEPH and PAH, provides a rationale to extend the use of some of these medications to the treatment of CTEPH. However, direct evidence from clinical trials in CTEPH is limited to date. This article reviews evidence supporting, and issues surrounding, the possible use of novel PAH medications in CTEPH. PMID:16963540

  4. Graduated compression stockings to prevent venous thromboembolism in hospital: evidence from patients with acute stroke.

    Kearon, Clive; O'Donnell, Martin

    2011-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism is the most common preventable cause of death in hospital patients and prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) is cost-saving in high-risk patients. Low-dose anticoagulation is very effective at preventing VTE but increases bleeding. Graduated compression stockings and intermittent pneumatic compression devices are also used to prevent VTE and do not increase bleeding, which makes their use appealing in patients who cannot tolerate bleeding, such as patients with acute stroke. Studies that evaluated mechanical methods of preventing VTE were small and mainly used asymptomatic deep vein thrombosis (DVT), detected using screening tests, as the study outcome. The recently published CLOTS Trial 1 (Clots in Legs Or sTockings after Stroke) compared thigh-level compression stockings with no stockings in about 2500 patients with stroke and immobility, and found that thigh-level stockings were not effective. Indirectly, the findings of this study question the ability of stockings to prevent VTE in other patient groups, including those after surgery. CLOTS 1 compared thigh-level and below-knee stockings in about 3000 patients with acute stroke. Given that thigh-level stockings were ineffective in CLOTS 1, it is surprising that they were more effective than below-knee stockings in CLOTS Trial 2. A possible explanation is that below-knee stockings increase DVT, although this seems unlikely. CLOTS 1 and CLOTS 2 question whether graduated compression stockings prevent VTE and suggest the need for further trials evaluating their efficacy in medical and surgical patients. PMID:21346697

  5. The adherence to initial processes of care in elderly patients with acute venous thromboembolism.

    Anna K Stuck

    Full Text Available We aimed to assess whether elderly patients with acute venous thromboembolism (VTE receive recommended initial processes of care and to identify predictors of process adherence.We prospectively studied in- and outpatients aged ≥65 years with acute symptomatic VTE in a multicenter cohort study from nine Swiss university- and non-university hospitals between September 2009 and March 2011. We systematically assessed whether initial processes of care, which are recommended by the 2008 American College of Chest Physicians guidelines, were performed in each patient. We used multivariable logistic models to identify patient factors independently associated with process adherence.Our cohort comprised 950 patients (mean age 76 years. Of these, 86% (645/750 received parenteral anticoagulation for ≥5 days, 54% (405/750 had oral anticoagulation started on the first treatment day, and 37% (274/750 had an international normalized ratio (INR ≥2 for ≥24 hours before parenteral anticoagulation was discontinued. Overall, 35% (53/153 of patients with cancer received low-molecular-weight heparin monotherapy and 72% (304/423 of patients with symptomatic deep vein thrombosis were prescribed compression stockings. In multivariate analyses, symptomatic pulmonary embolism, hospital-acquired VTE, and concomitant antiplatelet therapy were associated with a significantly lower anticoagulation-related process adherence.Adherence to several recommended processes of care was suboptimal in elderly patients with VTE. Quality of care interventions should particularly focus on processes with low adherence, such as the prescription of continued low-molecular-weight heparin therapy in patients with cancer and the achievement of an INR ≥2 for ≥24 hours before parenteral anticoagulants are stopped.

  6. Peripheral and Central Venous Blood Glucose Concentrations in Dogs and Cats with Acute Arterial Thromboembolism

    S. Klainbart; Kelmer, E.; Vidmayer, B.; Bdolah‐Abram, T.; Segev, G.; Aroch, I.

    2014-01-01

    Background Acute limb paralysis because of arterial thromboembolism (ATE) occurs in cats and less commonly in dogs. ATE is diagnosed based on physical examination findings and, occasionally, advanced imaging. Hypothesis/Objectives Peripheral, affected limb venous glucose concentration is decreased in ATE, whereas its systemic concentration is within or above reference interval. Animals Client‐owned cats and dogs were divided into 3 respective groups: acute limb paralysis because of ATE (22 ca...

  7. 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 (...

  8. 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

  9. Helical computed tomography in the diagnosis of pulmonary thromboembolism: comparison with pulmonary arteriography; La tomografia compuatarizada helicoidal en el diagnostico del tromboembolismo pulmanar. Estudio comparativo con la arteriografia pulmonar

    Ruiz, Y.; Caniego, J. L.; Caballero, P.; Olivera, M. J.; Friera, A.; Gallego, C.; Tarrago, D. [Hospital de la Princesa. Madrid (Spain); Alvarez-Sala, R. [Hospital La Paz. Madrid (Spain)

    2000-07-01

    To assess the utility of helical computed tomography in the diagnosis of pulmonary thromboembolism, comparing it with that of pulmonary arteriography. Thirty patients with clinical signs of pulmonary thromboembolism underwent both helical computed tomography with intravenous contrast and pulmonary arteriography within an interval of no more than 24 hours. Each procedure was subjected to independent, blinded evaluation to establish the absence or presence of thromboembolism and its location. Helical computed tomography correctly identified 12 of 14 cases of pulmonary thromboembolism (sensitivity: 85.7%) and 15 of 16 in which it was not present (specificity: 93.7%). The positive and negative predictive values were 92.3% and 88.2%, respectively. The diagnostic reliability was 90%. All the central embolisms were correctly diagnosed; the two false positives corresponded to embolisms located in a segment and sub segment, respectively. Helical computed tomography is a reliable diagnostic method for the detection and exclusion of pulmonary thromboembolism. (Author) 21 refs.

  10. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). Potential role of multidetector-row CT (MD-CT) and MR imaging in the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of the disease

    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) can be defined as pulmonary hypertension (resting mean pulmonary arterial pressure of 25 mm Hg or more determined at right heart catheterization) with persistent pulmonary perfusion defects. It is a rare, but underdiagnosed disease with estimated incidences ranging from 0.5% to 3.8% of patients after an acute pulmonary embolism (PE), and in up to 10% of those with a history of recurrent PE. CTEPH is the only form of pulmonary hypertension that can be surgically treated leading to normalization of pulmonary hemodynamics and exercise capacity in the vast majority of patients. The challenges for imaging in patients with suspected CTEPH are fourfold: the imaging modality should have a high diagnostic accuracy with regard to the presence of CTEPH and allow for differential diagnosis. It should enable detection of patients suitable for PEA with great certainty, and allow for quantification of PH by measuring pulmonary hemodynamics (mPAP and PVR), and finally, it can be used for therapy monitoring. This overview tries to elucidate the potential role of ECG-gated multidetector CT pulmonary angiography (MD-CTPA) and MR imaging, and summarizes the most important results that have been achieved so far. Generally speaking, ECG-gated MD-CTPA is superior to MR in the assessment of parenchymal and vascular pathologies of the lung, and allows for the assessment of cardiac structures. The implementation of iodine maps as a surrogate for lung perfusion enables functional assessment of lung perfusion by CT. MR imaging is the reference standard for the assessment of right heart function and lung perfusion, the latter delineating typical wedge-shaped perfusion defects in patients with CTEPH. New developments show that with MR techniques, an estimation of hemodynamic parameters like mean pulmonary arterial pressure and pulmonary vascular resistance will be possible. CT and MR imaging should be considered as complementary

  11. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). Potential role of multidetector-row CT (MD-CT) and MR imaging in the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of the disease

    Wirth, G.; Brueggemann, K.; Bostel, T.; Dueber, C.; Kreitner, K.F. [Universitaetsmedizin Mainz (Germany). Dept. of Radiology; Mayer, E. [Kerckhoff Hospital, Bad Nauheim (Germany). Dept. of Thoracic Surgery

    2014-08-15

    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) can be defined as pulmonary hypertension (resting mean pulmonary arterial pressure of 25 mm Hg or more determined at right heart catheterization) with persistent pulmonary perfusion defects. It is a rare, but underdiagnosed disease with estimated incidences ranging from 0.5% to 3.8% of patients after an acute pulmonary embolism (PE), and in up to 10% of those with a history of recurrent PE. CTEPH is the only form of pulmonary hypertension that can be surgically treated leading to normalization of pulmonary hemodynamics and exercise capacity in the vast majority of patients. The challenges for imaging in patients with suspected CTEPH are fourfold: the imaging modality should have a high diagnostic accuracy with regard to the presence of CTEPH and allow for differential diagnosis. It should enable detection of patients suitable for PEA with great certainty, and allow for quantification of PH by measuring pulmonary hemodynamics (mPAP and PVR), and finally, it can be used for therapy monitoring. This overview tries to elucidate the potential role of ECG-gated multidetector CT pulmonary angiography (MD-CTPA) and MR imaging, and summarizes the most important results that have been achieved so far. Generally speaking, ECG-gated MD-CTPA is superior to MR in the assessment of parenchymal and vascular pathologies of the lung, and allows for the assessment of cardiac structures. The implementation of iodine maps as a surrogate for lung perfusion enables functional assessment of lung perfusion by CT. MR imaging is the reference standard for the assessment of right heart function and lung perfusion, the latter delineating typical wedge-shaped perfusion defects in patients with CTEPH. New developments show that with MR techniques, an estimation of hemodynamic parameters like mean pulmonary arterial pressure and pulmonary vascular resistance will be possible. CT and MR imaging should be considered as complementary

  12. 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

  13. Effects of bosentan on peripheral endothelial function in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension or chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    Adachi, Shiro; Nakano, Yoshihisa; Kamimura, Yoshihiro; Shimokata, Shigetake; Takeshita, Kyosuke; Murohara, Toyoaki; Kondo, Takahisa

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Endothelin receptor antagonists (ERAs) have been shown to improve the prognosis of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). However, the effect of the oral dual ERA bosentan on peripheral endothelial dysfunction (PED), as assessed by flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD), in patients with pulmonary hypertension is not well characterized. We investigated the effect of bosentan on PED in patients with PAH or inoperable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). A total of 18 patients with PAH and 8 with CTEPH were treated with bosentan. All patients underwent FMD assessment before and after 3 months of bosentan treatment. Whereas FMD increased from 6.01% ± 2.42% at baseline to 8.07% ± 3.18% after 3 months (P FMD after bosentan therapy. In addition, FMD at baseline showed no correlation with pulmonary vascular resistance (r = 0.09) or plasma brain natriuretic peptide levels (r = −0.23) in patients with PAH. Bosentan treatment ameliorated PED in patients with PAH but not in those with inoperable CTEPH. In addition, FMD did not correlate with PAH severity. PMID:27252842

  14. Computed tomographic pulmonary angiography in the assessment of severity of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular dysfunction

    Purpose: The aim was to investigate the role of computed tomographic pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in the assessment of severity and right ventricular function in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). Materials and methods: Clinical and radiological data of 56 patients with CTEPH January 2006–October 2009 were retrospectively reviewed in the present study. All patients received CTPA with a 64-row CT using the retrospective ECG-Gated mode before digital subtraction pulmonary angiography and right-heart catheterization. CTPA findings including Right Ventricular diameter (RVd) and left ventricular diameter (LVd) were measured at the end diastole. CT Pulmonary Artery Obstruction Indexes including Qanadli Index and Mastora Index were used in the assessment of severity of pulmonary arterial obstruction. Hemodynamic parameters and pulmonary hypertension classification were evaluated by right-heart catheterization in all patients. Right ventricular function was measured with echocardiography in 49 patients. Results: Qanadli Index and Mastora Index respectively were (37.93 ± 14.74)% and (30.92 ± 16.91)%, which showed a significant difference (Z = −5.983, P = 0.000) and a good correlation (r = 0.881, P = 0.000). Neither Qanadli nor Mastora Index correlated with pulmonary hypertension classification (r = −0.009, P = 0.920) or New York Heart Association heart function classification (r = −0.031, P = 0.756). Neither Qanadli nor Mastora Index correlated with any echocardiographic right ventricular parameters (P > 0.05), while RVd/LVd by CTPA correlated with echocardiographic right ventricular functional parameters (P 2. CTPA findings correlated with hemodynamic variables. Backward linear regression analysis revealed that the RVd/LVd, Right Ventricular Anterior Wall Thickness (RVAWT), Main Pulmonary Artery trunk diameter (MPAd) were shown to be independently associated with mean Pulmonary Artery Pressure (mPAP) levels (model: r2 = 0.351, P = 0.025; RVd

  15. Venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk assessment and prophylaxis in acute orthopaedic admissions: improving compliance with national guidelines

    Watts, Laura; Grant, David

    2013-01-01

    “Each year over 25,000 people die from Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) contracted in hospital. This is more than the combined total of deaths from breast cancer, AIDS and traffic accidents”. (1) Orthopaedic patients are at particular risk of VTE. In 2011, the project team carried out an audit into compliance with national VTE assessment guidelines on all acute trauma and orthopaedic admissions during a two week period at a District General Hospital. The study demonstrated that compliance was ini...

  16. [Pulmonary thromboembolism as a late complication of mitochondrial myopathy (Kearns-Sayer syndrome ].

    Fijołek, Justyna; Wiatr, Elzbieta; Wiechecka, Anna; Torbicki, Adam; Biederman, Andrzej; Mickielewicz, Anatol; Roszkowski-Sliz, Kazimierz

    2003-01-01

    A case of pulmonary thromboembolism with transient pulmonary hypertension of a rare cause is presented. In 24-year-old woman myasthenia was recognised on the ground of ptosis and fixation of eyes muscles from the 14th year of age. The treatment with mestinon was ineffective. Before planned thymectomy serious disturbances of heart rhythm and conduction were confirmed. Stimulator was implanted and thymectomy was done. No improvement of neurological state was observed despite the treatment with mestinone and prednisone. When she was 30 years old disease of lung appeared with fever, cough and parenchymal and pleural lesions of right lung. Antibiotic therapy was ineffective. CT scan and US examination revealed large thrombus inside the right auricle connected with stimulator electrodes. Embolisation of right pulmonary arteria was confirmed also. Treatment with heparin was ineffective and thrombectomy was performed. Exact neurological examination stated that the patient had no typical symptoms of myasthenia and that symptoms related with eyes and heart could be result of mitochondrial myopathy. Diagnosis was confirmed by EMG examination and muscle biopsy. PMID:15052981

  17. Acute effects of riociguat in borderline or manifest pulmonary hypertension associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Ghofrani, Hossein A.; Staehler, Gerd; Grünig, Ekkehard; Halank, Michael; Mitrovic, Veselin; Unger, Sigrun; Mueck, Wolfgang; Frey, Reiner; Grimminger, Friedrich; Ralph T. Schermuly; Behr, Juergen

    2015-01-01

    Riociguat is the first oral soluble guanylate cyclase stimulator shown to improve pulmonary hemodynamics in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (PH). This pilot study assessed the impact of a single dose of riociguat on hemodynamics, gas exchange, and lung function in patients with PH associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Adults with COPD-associated borderline or manifest PH (pulmonary vascular resistance > 27...

  18. Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy after treatment with treprostenil in a chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension patient: a case report

    Porpodis K; Konoglou M; Zarogoulidis P; Kaimakamis E; Kontakiotis T; Papakosta D.; Zervas V; Katsikogiannis N; Courcoutsakis N; Mitrakas A; Touzopoulos P; Karanikas M; Zarogoulidis K; Markopoulou A

    2011-01-01

    Konstantinos Porpodis1, Maria Konoglou2, Paul Zarogoulidis1, Evangelos Kaimakamis2, Theodoros Kontakiotis1, Despoina Papakosta1, Vasilis Zervas1, Nikolaos Katsikogiannis3, Nikolaos Courcoutsakis4, Alexandros Mitrakas5, Panagiotis Touzopoulos5, Michael Karanikas5, Konstantinos Zarogoulidis1, Aikaterini Markopoulou2 1Pulmonary Department, "G Papanikolaou" General Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; 2First Pulmonary Clinic, "G Papanikolaou"...

  19. 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.

  20. Lymph node enlargement in pulmonary arterial hypertension due to chronic thromboembolism

    The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and location of enlarged mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) due to chronic pulmonary thromboembolism (CPTE) and to identify possible causes. Thoracic CT images of 85 patients(43 men and 42 women, aged 18-80 years) with PAH in whom CPTE was confirmed at surgery (n = 75) or angiography and angioscopy (n = 10) were evaluated by two thoracic radiologists to determine the presence, size and location of lymph nodes more than 1 cm in the short axis. The presence of pleural and pericardial effusions and parenchymal abnormalities were also noted. Enlarged lymph nodes were identified in 38 patients (44.7%), including 11 with possible causes of lymphadenopathy other than CPTE. In the 27 patients with CPTE alone, 67 enlarged lymph nodes were detected (average 2.5 per patient). Nine patients had three or more enlarged lymph nodes. The most common sites of lymph node enlargement were American Thoracic Society locations 7 (n = 13), 6 (n = 10), 11L (n = 9), 10R (n = 7) and 4R (n = 7). Pleural and pericardial effusions were more common in patients with CPTE who also had lymphadenopathy than in the group with no lymphadenopathy (P < 0.05). Lymph node enlargement is common in patients with PAH caused by CPTE. The frequent association of lymphadenopathy with pleural and pericardial effusions suggest a possible pathophysiological mechanism of increased lymphatic flow caused by right heart failure.

  1. Usefulness of Low Cardiac Index to Predict Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension.

    Orr, Jeremy E; Auger, William R; DeYoung, Pamela N; Kim, Nick H; Malhotra, Atul; Owens, Robert L

    2016-03-15

    Patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) often have substantial right ventricular dysfunction. The resulting low cardiac index might predispose to sleep disordered breathing (SDB) by increasing ventilatory instability. The prevalence of SDB and potential association with impaired cardiac index was examined in patients with CTEPH. Patients referred for evaluation for pulmonary thromboendarterectomy surgery were recruited. Subjects underwent a sleep study, unless already using positive airway pressure therapy. Hemodynamic data were obtained from contemporaneous right-sided cardiac catheterization. A total of 49 subjects were included. SDB-defined as ongoing positive airway pressure use or apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) ≥5/h-was found in 57% of subjects. SDB was generally mild in severity, with respiratory events mainly consisting of hypopneas. Cardiac index was found to be significantly lower in subjects with SDB than those without (2.19 vs 2.55 L/min/m(2); p = 0.024), whereas no differences were observed in other characteristics. Additionally, cardiac index was independently predictive of AHI. In a subgroup of subjects with an elevated percentage of central events, both cardiac index and lung to finger circulation time correlated with AHI. In conclusion, SDB is prevalent in patients with CTEPH and might decrease with treatments that improve cardiac index. PMID:26805659

  2. Hipertensão pulmonar tromboembólica Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available A hipertensão pulmonar tromboembólica é a única forma potencialmente curável de hipertensão pulmonar, nos casos passíveis de resolução cirúrgica. O desenvolvimento da técnica de tromboendarterectomia possibilitou a melhora significativa da sobrevida dos pacientes portadores de hipertensão pulmonar tromboembólica, assim como a resolução do quadro hipertensivo na maioria absoluta dos pacientes operados. Nos últimos anos, tornou-se possível a definição de critérios mais claros para a indicação cirúrgica, assim como de critérios prognósticos, o que determinou uma diminuição significativa do risco cirúrgico associado ao procedimento.Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension is the only type of pulmonary hypertension that is potentially curable, assuming that the patient in question is a good candidate for surgery. The development and implementation of the thromboendarterectomy technique has, in most cases, allowed the hypertensive state to be resolved and has therefore increased survival among such patients. In recent years, more well-defined criteria for identifying patients for whom surgery is indicated, as well as the identification of prognostic markers, have made it possible to decrease surgical risk significantly.

  3. Reduced force of diaphragm muscle fibers in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

    Manders, Emmy; Bonta, Peter I; Kloek, Jaap J; Symersky, Petr; Bogaard, Harm-Jan; Hooijman, Pleuni E; Jasper, Jeff R; Malik, Fady I; Stienen, Ger J M; Vonk-Noordegraaf, Anton; de Man, Frances S; Ottenheijm, Coen A C

    2016-07-01

    Patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) suffer from inspiratory muscle weakness. However, the pathophysiology of inspiratory muscle dysfunction in PH is unknown. We hypothesized that weakness of the diaphragm, the main inspiratory muscle, is an important contributor to inspiratory muscle dysfunction in PH patients. Our objective was to combine ex vivo diaphragm muscle fiber contractility measurements with measures of in vivo inspiratory muscle function in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) patients. To assess diaphragm muscle contractility, function was studied in vivo by maximum inspiratory pressure (MIP) and ex vivo in diaphragm biopsies of the same CTEPH patients (N = 13) obtained during pulmonary endarterectomy. Patients undergoing elective lung surgery served as controls (N = 15). Muscle fiber cross-sectional area (CSA) was determined in cryosections and contractility in permeabilized muscle fibers. Diaphragm muscle fiber CSA was not significantly different between control and CTEPH patients in both slow-twitch and fast-twitch fibers. Maximal force-generating capacity was significantly lower in slow-twitch muscle fibers of CTEPH patients, whereas no difference was observed in fast-twitch muscle fibers. The maximal force of diaphragm muscle fibers correlated significantly with MIP. The calcium sensitivity of force generation was significantly reduced in fast-twitch muscle fibers of CTEPH patients, resulting in a ∼40% reduction of submaximal force generation. The fast skeletal troponin activator CK-2066260 (5 μM) restored submaximal force generation to levels exceeding those observed in control subjects. In conclusion, diaphragm muscle fiber contractility is hampered in CTEPH patients and contributes to the reduced function of the inspiratory muscles in CTEPH patients. PMID:27190061

  4. Diagnosis of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: prospective comparison of ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy and multidetector CT pulmonary angiography

    Objective: To compare the diagnostic efficacy of V/Q scintigraphy and CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) for chronic thromboembolic PAH (CTEPH). Methods: A total of 133 consecutive patients (54 males, 79 females, age:(43.1 ± 14.9) years) suspected of CTEPH were prospectively enrolled in the study. All patients underwent V/Q scintigraphy, CTPA and pulmonary angiography within 7 d of clinical presentation. Pulmonary angiography was considered as the gold standard. The diagnosis of CTEPH by V/Q scan was classified as high, intermediate and low probability, and that by CTPA was classified as present, absent and indeterminate. Kappa test was used to analyze the concordance between the image modalities. Results: Fifty-one patients (38.3%) had a final diagnosis of CTEPH. The other 82 patients were respectively diagnosed with IPAH (n=60), pulmonary vasculitis (n=19) and atrial septal defect (n=3). The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of V/Q scan were 96.1% (49/51), 75.6% (62/82) and 83.5% (111/133), respectively, when CTEPH with high probability was considered positive. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of V/Q scan were 100% (51/51), 73.2% (60/82) and 83.5% (111/133), respectively, when CTEPH with high or intermediate probability was considered positive. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of CTPA were 92.2% (47/51), 92.7% (76/82) and 92.5% (123/133), respectively. When CTEPH with high probability by V/Q scan was considered positive, the concordance between V/Q scan and CTPA was 80.5% (107/133) (Kappa=0.612, P<0.001). Conclusions: V/Q scan has a higher sensitivity for the diagnosis of CTEPH than CTPA. CTPA has a higher specificity than V/Q scan to differentiate PAH caused by other diseases, especially pulmonary vasculitis,from CTEPH. Combining V/Q scan and CTPA may improve the diagnostic accuracy of CTEPH. (authors)

  5. Acute Arterial Thromboembolism In The Extremities: A Case Series In Sina General Hospital,1991-97

    Zafarghandy MRt Nasiri Sheikhani N

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available "Arterial Thromboembolism" is the most common cause of "Acute Arterial Ischemia" of extremities. In this study, It is attempted to collect retrospectively some documentary information of all "acute arterial thromboembolic occlusions of the limbs"."nMaterials and Methods: In descriptive retrograde study in Sina General hospital, all related records in this regard were collected from March 1991 to March 1997. To reveal the statistical outcomes and analysis the associations between them as well, the statistical tests like nonparametric ones were employed."nResults: Total number of the cases was 24 with " Acute Thromboembolic Arterial limb Ischemia" (3 in upper and 21 in lower limbs. The results were as follows: Female to male ratio =1/2, "Range of Age": 34-91, "Mode"=8th decade of life, "Mean"-64.48, "Etiology"; Cardiac Origin in majority of cases ("A.F" in 57 percent and Unknown Origin in 1/4 of cases. "Pain" was find in 95 percent, Grade HI ischemia in only 38 percent of patients on presentation and the others in Grade n. The most common "site of embolic occlusion" was "Femoral Ar." (76 percent. "Simultaneous Embolic Events" were fined in 29 percent. "Embolectomy" was performed in 79 percent (84 percent success rate and "Primary Amputation" in 12.5 percent. "In hospital Mortality Rate" was fined in 24 percent and "Limb Salvage rate" in 68 percent. In conclusion, there were some logic relationship only between "Limb Salvage rate" and "Ischemic Grading" and also "Delayed diagnosis". There was also some significant direct relationship between "Mortality rate" and "Concomitant Embolic events"."nConclusion: This study was an explorative one that paves the way for further complementary investigations. Although there are many recommendations due to upgrading knowledge, attitude and practice of physicians as well as lay people Besides, the upgrading of educational and curative facilities should not be neglected.

  6. Reoperação de tromboendarterectomia pulmonar em recidiva de tromboembolismo pulmonar crônico hipertensivo Repeat pulmonary thromboendarterectomy after recurrence of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    Walter José Gomes

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A cirurgia de tromboendarterectomia tem se estabelecido como método padrão de tratamento do tromboembolismo pulmonar crônico hipertensivo, com excelentes resultados. Entretanto, a reoperação na recidiva do embolismo pulmonar não tem relato na literatura nacional, permanecendo obscuras a sua segurança e efetividade. Relatamos o caso de uma paciente com recorrência de tromboembolismo pulmonar crônico hipertensivo ocorrido cinco anos após a primeira cirurgia de tromboendarterectomia pulmonar, e que necessitou de reoperação para resolução dos sintomas.Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy has been established as the standard method for the treatment of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, with excellent results. However, repeat pulmonary thromboendarterectomy due to recurrence of pulmonary embolism has never been reported in the Brazilian literature. Its safety and effectiveness remain obscure. We report the case of a patient presenting recurrence of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension five years after the first pulmonary thromboendarterectomy and requiring a second operation for resolution of the symptoms.

  7. [Massive pulmonary thromboembolism found at autopsy in a patient with a 14-year history of polymyositis-associated nonspecific interstitial pneumonia].

    Takagi, Yusuke; Hagiwara, Kiyofumi; Sato, Takeo; Akiyama, Osamu; Ogura, Takashi; Tsugata, Mikiko; Takemura, Tamiko

    2008-10-01

    A 64-year-old woman with a 14-year history of refractory nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP) associated with polymyositis was admitted urgently to our hospital due to acute exacerbation of dyspnea. The first episode of dyspnea had occurred 14 years earlier and the diagnosis of cellular and fibrotic NSIP had been made by radiographic examinations and open lung biopsy. Her NSIP initially responded well to high-dose prednisolone therapy (40mg/day), but flared when the dose of prednisolone was tapered. Three years after the diagnosis of NSIP, a diagnosis of polymyositis was made based on her elevated serum level of creatinine phosphokinase and muscle biopsy findings. Her polymyositis was controlled well by prednisolone therapy, but her NSIP gradually worsened, despite treatment with several courses of methylprednisolone pulse therapy and immunosuppressive agents. She was brought to our hospital by ambulance due to acute progression of dyspnea and was admitted. Chest X-ray film revealed diffuse interstitial shadows and marked enlargement of the right atrium and bilateral pulmonary arteries. Transthoracic echocardiogram revealed severe dilatation of the right atrium and right ventricle with an estimated pulmonary artery systolic pressure of 84mmHg. She died of progressive respiratory failure on day 4 of hospitalization. Autopsy revealed massive thrombi that completely obstructed the bilateral pulmonary trunks. Histological examination revealed that these thrombi were organized, and her interstitial lung disease (ILD) was specified as fibrotic NSIP with microscopic honeycomb. Massive pulmonary thromboembolism is extremely rare in patients with polymyositis-associated NSIP, but it should be considered as a possible cause of acute exacerbation of respiratory failure. This case provides valuable information on the clinical and pathological course of polymyositis-associated NSIP. PMID:19044031

  8. CTEPH. Comparison between planar and SPECT ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy in differential diagnosis of thromboembolic and non-thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a rare disease, which is the result of pulmonary emboli. Most emboli normally undergo resolution or leave minimal residua. For unknown reasons in CTEPH emboli do not resolve; the emboli follow an aberrant path of organization leaving endothelialized residua that obstruct pulmonary arteries and lead to right-heart failure. The aim of this study is the comparison between planar and SPECT V/Q, scintigraphy and which of them shows higher diagnostic value. The patients underwent planar V/Q scintiscans (tracer: 99mTc, 300.000 cts/frame, GPLE-collimator) and SPECT (UHRLE-collimator, 128-matrix; 3D-postfilter). Then I compared the scans with diagnosis made by cardiologists. I found that planar showed CTEPH in 9 and in four cases. Two cases of CTEPH were falsely diagnosed as PPH (sensitivity for PPH: 100 %, specifity: 80 %, pos. protective value: 57 %). Spect was right positive for CTEPH in 9, for PPH in 2 cases. 3 CTEPH cases were falsely diagnosed as PPH, 1 case as PPH with PE (sensitivity for PPH: 50 %, specifity: 73 %, pos. predictive value: 33 % neg. predictive value: 85 %). After execution of discriminance-analysis it had been proved, that planar technique is superior to SPECT. (author)

  9. Mixed germ cell tumour complicated by pulmonary thromboembolism: a case report

    Hema Priya Kukreja

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Malignant ovarian germ cell tumours (MOGCTs are a heterogeneous group of tumours that have several histological different types derived from primordial germ cells of the embryonic gonad. They account for less than 5% of all ovarian malignancies, and are seen in the second and third decade of life. The majority of germ cell tumours are diagnosed in the early stages. Histology, FIGO stage and residual tumour after surgery are the most important prognostic factors. Recent multimodality therapy with staging laparotomy and conservative surgery, followed by platinum based chemotherapy, is associated with survival rates of 60 - 80%, even in patients with advanced disease. Mixed germ cell tumours are extremely rare and the prognosis depends on the size of each component of the tumour. The exact incidence of thrombo embolic events in patients with malignancy is difficult to determine. However ovarian malignancy is strongly associated with venous thrombo embolism. We report a case of a fourteen year old girl with a mixed GCT, with elements of yolk sac tumour and embryonal carcinoma, who succumbed to pulmonary thromboembolism. [Int J Reprod Contracept Obstet Gynecol 2016; 5(4.000: 1242-1244

  10. Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Churg-Strauss syndrome and pulmonary thromboembolism: an overlooked concomitance

    Vilma Takayasu

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (formerly Churg- Strauss Syndrome (EGPA is a systemic inflammatory disease characterized by the presence of rhinitis, asthma, peripheral eosinophilia, and vasculitis—the latter being characteristic of the late stage of the disease. After several years from the onset of the disease, small- and medium-sized vessel vasculitis ensues, undertaking various organs and systems. Upper and lower airways, skin, nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, heart, and kidneys are the most commonly involved organs. It is believed that tissue injury is the result of processes mediated by antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA, or toxic mediators released by eosinophils. Although it is classified as ANCA-associated vasculitis, these autoantibodies are present in only 40% of cases. The authors report the case of a patient with EGPA, who had a history of asthma, peripheral and central neuropathy, palpable purpura, gastrointestinal micro perforation, peripheral eosinophilia, and the presence of myeloperoxidase-antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody. Inflammatory parameters improved after the initiation of treatment, but 1 month after hospital discharge the patient developed symptoms compatible with pulmonary embolism and died. Thrombophilia that occurs in EGPA is due to the interaction between the inflammatory response and eosinophilia with the clotting system resulting in a pro-thrombotic state. Although not yet well-determined, the authors call attention to the possibility of the impact of thromboembolic events on the prognosis of patients with EGPA. In addition to the adequate immunosuppressive treatment, prophylaxis and treatment for thrombosis should never be overlooked.

  11. Risk factors for deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary thromboembolism in benign ovarian tumor.

    Shiota, Mitsuru; Kotani, Yasushi; Umemoto, Masahiko; Tobiume, Takako; Tsuritani, Mitsuhiro; Shimaoka, Masao; Hoshiai, Hiroshi

    2011-01-01

    Pulmonary thromboembolism (PE) is a serious postoperative complication. Reported rates of PE following gynecologic surgery are between 0.3% and 0.8%, with deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) as the major cause (via seeding of the lungs). Benign ovarian tumors are treated principally by surgery. Possible risk factors for DVT and PE in patients with benign ovarian tumors include tumor size, patient age, and obesity. To date, however, there has been no report addressing the association of these risk factors in patients with benign ovarian tumors. This study offers a retrospective analysis of the incident of preoperative DVT by age, tumor size, and BMI in patients undergoing surgery for benign ovarian tumors. A total of 843 Japanese patients with a preoperative diagnosis of benign ovarian tumor who underwent tumorectomy or adnexectomy at our institution between July 2003 and December 2010 were enrolled. The incidence of preoperative DVT was monitored and statistically stratified by age ( 25 are independent risk factors for preoperative DVT in Japan. The patients with each risk factor should be treated with preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative precautions against development of PE. PMID:21817850

  12. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: Evaluation with 64-detector row CT versus digital substraction angiography

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the role of 64-row CT in the diagnostic workup of patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) using digital substraction angiography (DSA) as the method of diagnostic reference. CT and DSA studies of 27 patients (54 main, 162 lobar and 540 segmental arteries) with a clinical suspicion of CTEPH were included in this retrospective and blinded analysis. Axial images and multiplanar thin maximum intensity projections (MIPs) (3 mm) were consequently used for exact image interpretation whereas additional reconstructed thick MIPs gave an overview of the entire vascular tree comparable to DSA. Sensitivity and specificity of CT regarding CTEPH-related pathological changes in general were 98.3% and 94.8% at main/lobar level and 94.1% and 92.9% at segmental level, respectively. Sensitivity and specificity of CT regarding the different pathological criteria of CTEPH (complete obstruction, intimal irregularities, bands and webs, indirect signs) were 88.9-100% and 96.1-100% at main/lobar level and 84.3-90.5% and 92-98.7% at segmental level, respectively. Our results show that CT is an accurate and reliable non-invasive alternative to conventional DSA in the diagnostic workup in patients with CTEPH.

  13. Thrombolytic-plus-Anticoagulant Therapy versus Anticoagulant-Alone Therapy in Submassive Pulmonary Thromboembolism (TVASPE Study): A Randomized Clinical Trial

    Maryam Taherkhani; Adineh Taherkhani; SeyedReza Hashemi; Taraneh Faghihi-Langroodi; Roxana Sadeghi; Mohammadreza Beyranvand

    2014-01-01

    Background: The use of thrombolytic agents in the treatment of hemodynamically stable patients with acute submassive pulmonary embolism (PTE) remains controversial. We, therefore, conducted this study to compare the effect of thrombolytic plus anticoagulation versus anticoagulation alone on early death and adverse outcome following submassive PTE.Methods: We conducted a study of patients with acute pulmonary embolism and pulmonary hypertension or right ventricular dilatation/dysfunction but w...

  14. SYNDROME OF INADEQUATE SECRETION OF ANTIDIURETIC HORMONE ASSOCIATED TO PULMONARY THROMBOEMBOLISM: A NON-DESCRIBED CAUSE OF HYPONATREMIA IN THE LITERATURE.

    Carlos G. Musso

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Syndrome of inadequate secretion of antidiuretic hormone (SIADH is a condition that can be associated to various sort of lung diseases.In this report we present a clinical case where a SIADH associated to pulmonary thromboembolism was documented. As long as we know, this association has not been described yet in the literature, and we hypothesized that lung cytokines released due to pulmonary necrosis could be the main stimulus to vasopressin secretion in this entity.Conclusion: Pulmonary thromboembolism should be incorporated in the list of lung causes of SIADH.

  15. 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)

  16. A Behcet’s Disease Patient with Right Ventricular Thrombus, Pulmonary Artery Aneurysms, and Deep Vein Thrombosis Complicating Recurrent Pulmonary Thromboembolism

    Selvi Aşker

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Intracardiac thrombus, pulmonary artery aneurysms, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary thromboembolism are rarely seen symptoms of Behcet’s disease. A 20-year-old female patient was admitted for complaints of cough, fever, palpitations, and chest pain. On the dynamic thorax computed tomograms (CT obtained because of significantly enlarged hilar structures seen on chest radiograms, aneurysmal dilatation of the pulmonary artery segments bilaterally, chronic thrombus with collapse, and consolidation substances compatible with pulmonary embolism involving both lower lobes have been observed. It is learned that, four years ago, the patient had been diagnosed with Behcet’s disease and received colchicine treatment but not regularly. The patient was hospitalized. On the transthoracic echocardiogram, a thrombosis with a dimension of 4.2 × 1.6 cm was recognized in the right ventricle. On abdomen CT, aneurysmal iliac veins and deep vein thrombus on Doppler ultrasonograms were diagnosed. At the controls after three months of immunosuppressive and anticoagulant therapies, some clinical and radiological improvements were recognized. The patient suspended the treatment for a month and the thrombus recurred. We present our case in order to show the effectiveness of immunosuppressive and anticoagulant therapies and rarely seen pulmonary thromboembolism in recurrent Behcet’s disease.

  17. Lung ventilation/perfusion imaging in the diagnosis of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension in comparison with CT pulmonary angiography

    Objective: To evaluate the lung V/Q imaging in the diagnosis of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). Methods: Seventy-six patients (46 males, 30 females, age 27-84 y) with clinically suspected CTEPH who had undergone lung V/Q imaging, CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA), pulmonary angiography (PA) and right heart cardiac catheterization were studied. The sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of lung V/Q imaging in detecting CTEPH were calculated and compared with those of CTPA. The χ2 test was used for statistical analysis with SPSS 11.5. The distribution of involvement of segments in 47 patients with CTEPH was analyzed. Results: Forty-seven patients had a final diagnosis of CTEPH and 29 had non-CTEPH etiology. The sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of lung V/Q imaging were 97.9% (46/47), 86.2% (25/29), 93.4% (71/76), 92.0% (46/50) and 96.2% (25/26), while those of CTPA were 78.7% (37/47), 93.1% (27/29), 84.2% (64/76), 94.9% (37/39) and 73.0% (27/37), respectively. The sensitivity (χ2=5.818, P=0.012) and negative predictive value (χ2=5.693, P=0.017) for lung V/Q imaging were significantly higher than those of CTPA. V/Q imaging could identify patients with CTEPH from those with idiopathic PAH and familial PAH based on the almost normal ventilation imaging. The lung perfusion SPECT imaging detected 585 (62.2%) of involved segments among 940 segments in 47 patients with CTEPH, with an average of 12.4 involved segments in each patient. The number of involved segments in the right lung was significantly higher than that in the left lung (36.2% (340/940) vs 26.1% (245/940); χ2=40.85, P<0.01). Conclusions: Lung V/Q imaging plays an important role in diagnosis of CTEPH and in identification of CTEPH from other types of PAH. A normal V/Q imaging can effectively exclude CTEPH. In addition, V/Q imaging can provide more diagnostic information in

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. Vein thromboembolism prevention in stroke patients

    Savić Dejan

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Having in mind the rate of occurrence and clinical importance, venous thromboembolism implies venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism as a result of embolisation of the thrombotic particles from deep veins or pelvic veins. Venous thrombosis of the deep veins may result in chronic vein insufficiency, but the primary medical problem is the possibility of development of pulmonary embolism which may cause permanent respiratory function damage or even fatal outcome. Venous thromboembolism prevention in stroke The high incidence of deep vein thrombosis (30% clinically and up to 50% subclinically in acute stroke hemiparetic and bed ridden patients within two weeks from the onset and 1-2% pulmonary embolism with the fatal outcome in the first month clinically and 17% of all fatal outcomes in postmortem investigations present a necessity for the early venous thromboembolism prevention. On the other hand, the most powerful prevention strategy - anticoagulation has important limitations in acute stroke patients: almost impossible to be used in cerebral haemorrhage and a great risk for the development of hemorrhagic transformation in cerebral infarction. The fact that other prevention strategies have limited value requires an estimation of efectivity-risk ratio in venous thromboembolism prevention in stroke. Conclusion Venous thromboembolism prevention in stroke patients is necessary because of a greater risk for venous thromboembolism in these patients according to the nature of illness and functional disability, but also a problem because of limited possibility to recommend the proper medicament according to the risk of serious complications. The necessity of preventing venous thromboembolism and estimation of efficiency-risk ratio in stroke patients, beside plenty of studies and consensus conferences, remain individual and often very difficult.

  2. Alternative diagnoses based on CT angiography of the chest in patients with suspected pulmonary thromboembolism

    Ferreira, Eleci Vaz; Gazzana, Marcelo Basso; Seligman, Renato; Knorst, Marli Maria, E-mail: mknorst@gmail.com [Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Guerra, Vinicius Andre [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Ciencias Pneumologicas; Sarmento, Muriel Bossle; Guazzelli, Pedro Arends; Hoffmeister, Mariana Costa [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRS), Porto Alegre (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina

    2016-01-15

    Objective: To determine the prevalence of alternative diagnoses based on chest CT angiography (CTA) in patients with suspected pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) who tested negative for PTE, as well as whether those alternative diagnoses had been considered prior to the CTA. Methods: This was a cross-sectional, retrospective study involving 191 adult patients undergoing CTA for suspected PTE between September of 2009 and May of 2012. Chest X-rays and CTAs were reviewed to determine whether the findings suggested an alternative diagnosis in the cases not diagnosed as PTE. Data on symptoms, risk factors, comorbidities, length of hospital stay, and mortality were collected. Results: On the basis of the CTA findings, PTE was diagnosed in 47 cases (24.6%). Among the 144 patients not diagnosed with PTE via CTA, the findings were abnormal in 120 (83.3%). Such findings were consistent with an alternative diagnosis that explained the symptoms in 75 patients (39.3%). Among those 75 cases, there were only 39 (20.4%) in which the same alterations had not been previously detected on chest X-rays. The most common alternative diagnosis, made solely on the basis of the CTA findings, was pneumonia (identified in 20 cases). Symptoms, risk factors, comorbidities, and the in-hospital mortality rate did not differ significantly between the patients with and without PTE. However, the median hospital stay was significantly longer in the patients with PTE than in those without (18.0 and 9.5 days, respectively; p = 0.001). Conclusions: Our results indicate that chest CTA is useful in cases of suspected PTE, because it can confirm the diagnosis and reveal findings consistent with an alternative diagnosis in a significant number of patients. (author)

  3. Diagnostic accuracy of contrast-enhanced MR angiography and unenhanced proton MR imaging compared with CT pulmonary angiography in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of contrast-enhanced MR angiography (CE-MRA) and the added benefit of unenhanced proton MR angiography compared with CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in patients with chronic thromboembolic disease (CTE). A 2 year retrospective study of 53 patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension who underwent CTPA and MRI for suspected pulmonary hypertension and a control group of 36 patients with no CT evidence of pulmonary embolism. The MRI was evaluated for CTE and the combined diagnostic accuracy of ce-MRA and unenhanced proton MRA was determined. CE-MRA generated lung perfusion maps were also assessed. The overall sensitivity and specificity of CE-MRA in diagnosing proximal and distal CTE were 98% and 94%, respectively. The sensitivity improved from 50% to 88% for central vessel disease when CE-MRA images were analysed with unenhanced proton MRA. The CE-MRA identified more stenoses (29/18), post-stenosis dilatation (23/7) and occlusions (37/29) compared with CTPA. The CE-MRA perfusion images showed a sensitivity of 92% for diagnosing CTE. CE-MRA has high sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing CTE. The sensitivity of CE-MRA for visualisation of adherent central and lobar thrombus significantly improves with the addition of unenhanced proton MRA which delineates the vessel wall. (orig.)

  4. Diagnostic accuracy of contrast-enhanced MR angiography and unenhanced proton MR imaging compared with CT pulmonary angiography in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

    Rajaram, Smitha [Unit of Academic Radiology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Academic Unit of Radiology, C Floor, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Swift, Andrew J.; Wild, Jim M. [Unit of Academic Radiology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Sheffield Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Capener, David; Telfer, Adam [Unit of Academic Radiology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Davies, Christine; Hill, Catherine [Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust, Department of Radiology, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Condliffe, Robin; Elliot, Charles; Kiely, David G. [Sheffield Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Sheffield Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Hurdman, Judith [Sheffield Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield (United Kingdom)

    2012-02-15

    To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of contrast-enhanced MR angiography (CE-MRA) and the added benefit of unenhanced proton MR angiography compared with CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in patients with chronic thromboembolic disease (CTE). A 2 year retrospective study of 53 patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension who underwent CTPA and MRI for suspected pulmonary hypertension and a control group of 36 patients with no CT evidence of pulmonary embolism. The MRI was evaluated for CTE and the combined diagnostic accuracy of ce-MRA and unenhanced proton MRA was determined. CE-MRA generated lung perfusion maps were also assessed. The overall sensitivity and specificity of CE-MRA in diagnosing proximal and distal CTE were 98% and 94%, respectively. The sensitivity improved from 50% to 88% for central vessel disease when CE-MRA images were analysed with unenhanced proton MRA. The CE-MRA identified more stenoses (29/18), post-stenosis dilatation (23/7) and occlusions (37/29) compared with CTPA. The CE-MRA perfusion images showed a sensitivity of 92% for diagnosing CTE. CE-MRA has high sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing CTE. The sensitivity of CE-MRA for visualisation of adherent central and lobar thrombus significantly improves with the addition of unenhanced proton MRA which delineates the vessel wall. (orig.)

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Pulmonary thromboembolic disease – clinical and etiological aspects in internal medicine department

    Mazilu Laura

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Pulmonary embolism (PE represents the third most frequent vascular disease following acute myocardial ischemic disease and stroke. It is a common and potentially lethal disease. Aim: We observed etiological spectrum, clinical aspects and diagnostic tests for patients with PE. Material and methods: Retrospective observational study that included 53 patients diagnosed with PE between 01.01.2009- 31.12.2013. We followed epidemiological aspects, risk factors, clinical manifestations and methods for positive diagnosis. Results: 53 patients which represents 0.66% from the patients admitted in our department (n=8,011, were diagnosed with PE. The main risk factor for PE was malignancy (n=16. Twenty patients with PE presented deep venous thrombosis (DVT and 12 patients arterial thrombosis (AT. Main clinical syndromes of patients with PE were pulmonary infarction (n=32, isolated dyspnea (n=11 and circulatory collapse (n=10. A lot of paraclinical investigation sustained positive diagnosis,mainly by high performance techniques. Four cases were diagnosed postmortem.

  8. 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

  9. Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis

    Laryea, Jonathan; Champagne, Bradley

    2013-01-01

    Venous thromboembolism (VTE) can occur after major general surgery. Pulmonary embolism is recognized as the most common identifiable cause of death in hospitalized patients in the United States. The risk of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) is higher in colorectal surgical procedures compared with general surgical procedures. The incidence of venous thromboembolism in this population is estimated to be 0.2 to 0.3%. Prevention of VTE is considered a patient-safety measur...

  10. Treatment with Huisheng oral solution inhibits the development of pulmonary thromboembolism and metastasis in mice with Lewis lung carcinoma.

    Wang, Wei; Wang, Hong; Wang, Chun-Mei; Gou, Si; Chen, Zhong-Hua; Guo, Jie

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate whether Huisheng oral solution (HSOS) has an inhibitory effect on the development of pulmonary thrombosis and metastasis in mice with Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC), and to explore the possible mechanisms involved. A mouse model of LLC was developed, and model mice were divided into either a treatment group or a control group to undergo treatment with HSOS or normal saline. Normal mice treated with saline were used as normal controls. On day 25 after treatment, blood samples were drawn from the eyes of half the mice in each group to determine blood cell counts and plasma levels of D-Dimer and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), while heart blood samples were collected from the remaining mice to measure the rate of thrombin-induced platelet aggregation. For all mice, pathological analyses of the cerebrum, lung, mesentery, femoral vein, external iliac vein and spleen were performed. Tumors were weighed to assess the impact of HSOS treatment on tumor growth, and the number of thrombi, metastatic nodules and neovessels in the tumor tissue were counted. In addition, 24 normal New Zealand rabbits were divided into two groups and treated with either HSOS or normal saline to determine the rates of ADP-, collagen- or thrombin-induced platelet aggregation. Compared with the model group, HSOS treatment decreased the incidence of pulmonary thromboembolism and metastasis, the number of metastatic nodules, the plasma levels of D-dimer and VEGF, the rate of collagen-induced platelet aggregation in rabbits and the numbers of leukocytes and tumor neovessels (Pplatelets (Pplatelet aggregation in mice and rabbits, ADP-induced platelet aggregation in rabbits, or the number of red blood cells. The reduced rate of tumor growth was 9.7% in mice treated with HSOS. HSOS treatment effectively reduced the development of pulmonary thromboembolism and metastasis in mice bearing LLC via mechanisms possibly associated with ameliorating a blood

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. Venous thromboembolism risk and prophylaxis in the acute hospital care setting: the Irish results of the ENDORSE study.

    Murphy, O

    2012-05-01

    ENDORSE (Epidemiologic International Day for the Evaluation of Patients at Risk for Venous Thromboembolism in the Acute Hospital Care Setting), is a multinational, cross-sectional survey of venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk prevalence and effective prophylaxis in the acute hospital care setting. Three Irish hospitals enrolled in the study. The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) guidelines were employed to evaluate VTE risk and prophylaxis. Of 552 patients, 297 (53.8%) and 255 (46.2%) were categorised as surgical or medical, respectively, with 175 (59%) surgical and 109 (43%) medical patients deemed to be at risk for VTE. Of these, only 112 (64%) and 51 (47%) received recommended VTE prophylaxis, respectively. The results are consistent with those observed in other countries and demonstrate a high prevalence of risk for VTE and a low rate of prophylaxis use, particularly in medical patients. Awareness of VTE guidelines should be an integral component of health policy.

  14. 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...

  15. Sudden Death by Pulmonary Thromboembolism due to a Large Uterine Leiomyoma with a Parasitic Vein to the Mesentery

    Varsha Podduturi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The pathophysiology of venous thrombosis is classically attributed to alterations in one or more components of Virchow’s triad: hypercoagulability, stasis, and damage to the vascular endothelium. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT may lead to pulmonary thromboembolism (PE, and the latter is culpable for many deaths annually in the United States; however, DVT as a complication of uterine leiomyoma has rarely been reported. We report a case of a 57-year-old woman whose death was due to a large pedunculated subserosal leiomyoma externally compressing the pelvic veins resulting in stasis and venous thrombosis leading to fatal PE. The association of large pelvic masses with venous thrombosis has clinical implications, since prophylactic surgery could be life-saving.

  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. : A Case of Acute Thromboembolic Renal Enfarction Associated with Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation

    Macit Kalcik; Mahmut Yesin; Lutfi Ocal; Taylan Akgun; Nursen Keles; Mustafa Ozan Gursoy; Mehmet Ozkan

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Infarction of the kidney is an uncommon condition that can result from obstruction or decrease of renal arterial flow. The diagnosis is often delayed because it can mimic many other pathologic states, including pyelonephritis, renal colic, acute abdomen, pancreatitis and more. A high index of suspicion is important for prompt diagnosis. We describe a 20-year-old man presented with abdominal and right flank pain and hematuria. A computed tomography scan with intravenous contrast showed partial infarction of right renal parenchyma and selective renal angiography showed complete occlusion of the right renal artery which was also supplied by an accessory renal artery. Electrocardiography showed normal sinus rhythm. Transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiographic findings were unremarkable except for mild spontaneous echo contrast (SEC in the left atrial appendage. Subsequent 48-hour holter monitorization revealed frequent premature atrial complexes and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF. Development of thromboembolic renal infarction was attributed to the presence of PAF and concurrent SEC in the left atrial appendage (LAA. Low molecular weight heparin(LMWH was followed by oral anticoagulant and an electrophysiologic study was planned for the management of PA

  18. 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

  19. Anticoagulation Management Practices and Outcomes in Elderly Patients with Acute Venous Thromboembolism: A Clinical Research Study.

    Charlène Insam

    Full Text Available Whether anticoagulation management practices are associated with improved outcomes in elderly patients with acute venous thromboembolism (VTE is uncertain. Thus, we aimed to examine whether practices recommended by the American College of Chest Physicians guidelines are associated with outcomes in elderly patients with VTE. We studied 991 patients aged ≥65 years with acute VTE in a Swiss prospective multicenter cohort study and assessed the adherence to four management practices: parenteral anticoagulation ≥5 days, INR ≥2.0 for ≥24 hours before stopping parenteral anticoagulation, early start with vitamin K antagonists (VKA ≤24 hours of VTE diagnosis, and the use of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH or fondaparinux. The outcomes were all-cause mortality, VTE recurrence, and major bleeding at 6 months, and the length of hospital stay (LOS. We used Cox regression and lognormal survival models, adjusting for patient characteristics. Overall, 9% of patients died, 3% had VTE recurrence, and 7% major bleeding. Early start with VKA was associated with a lower risk of major bleeding (adjusted hazard ratio 0.37, 95% CI 0.20-0.71. Early start with VKA (adjusted time ratio [TR] 0.77, 95% CI 0.69-0.86 and use of LMWH/fondaparinux (adjusted TR 0.87, 95% CI 0.78-0.97 were associated with a shorter LOS. An INR ≥2.0 for ≥24 hours before stopping parenteral anticoagulants was associated with a longer LOS (adjusted TR 1.2, 95% CI 1.08-1.33. In elderly patients with VTE, the adherence to recommended anticoagulation management practices showed mixed results. In conclusion, only early start with VKA and use of parenteral LMWH/fondaparinux were associated with better outcomes.

  20. 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.

  1. Population pharmacokinetics and the pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic relationship of riociguat in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension or chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

    Saleh, Soundos; Becker, Corina; Frey, Reiner; Mück, Wolfgang

    2016-03-01

    This analysis aimed to characterize the pharmacokinetics (PK) and PK/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) relationship of riociguat and its metabolite M1 in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Blood samples were collected in two phase 3 studies-PATENT-1 (Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Soluble Guanylate Cyclase-Stimulator Trial 1; 12 weeks; PAH) and CHEST-1 (Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension Soluble Guanylate Cyclase-Stimulator Trial 1; 16 weeks; CTEPH)-and long-term extensions. Patients were initially randomized to receive placebo or riociguat, and they received riociguat in the extensions. Nonlinear mixed-effects modeling was used to develop a population PK model describing riociguat PK. PK/PD relationships were investigated by comparing derived PK parameters with changes in PD parameters. Covariate analyses included smoking status, bosentan comedication, bilirubin levels, and baseline creatinine clearance. The PK of riociguat/M1 was described by a one-compartment model. Mean population estimates for riociguat absorption rate constant, clearance, and volume of distribution were 2.17/h, 1.81 L/h, and 32.3 L, respectively; for M1 they were 0.258/h, 3.16 L/h, and 124 L. Interindividual variability was moderate for riociguat and moderate to high for M1. There was no evidence of time- or dose-dependent changes in riociguat/M1 PK. Riociguat clearance was higher in smokers (120% increase) and bosentan-treated patients (36% increase) than in nonsmokers and those not receiving bosentan. There was an inverse correlation between bilirubin and riociguat clearance. In PK/PD analyses, 6-minute walk distance was related to hemodynamic parameters, particularly pulmonary vascular resistance. Riociguat PK were described by a one-compartment model. Effects of covariates on riociguat and M1 PK were established, and a PK/PD relationship was demonstrated. (ClinicalTrials.gov identifiers: PATENT-1, NCT00810693

  2. 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)

  3. 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.)

  4. 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.)

  5. A low resting heart rate at diagnosis predicts favourable long-term outcome in pulmonary arterial and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. A prospective observational study

    Hildenbrand Florian F

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A low resting heart rate (HR is prognostically favourable in healthy individuals and in patients with left heart disease. In this study we investigated the impact of HR at diagnosis on long-term outcome in patients with differently classified precapillary pulmonary hypertension (pPH. Methods pPH patients diagnosed as pulmonary arterial (PAH or inoperable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH were registered and regularly followed at our centre Baseline characteristics and events defined as either death or lung transplantation were noted. The prognostic value of HR was analysed using Kaplan Meier estimates, live tables and Cox regression. Results 206 patients with PAH (148 and inoperable CTEPH (58 were included. The median HR was 82 bpm. pPH with a HR below 82 bpm had a significantly longer overall event-free survival (2409 vs.1332 days, p = .000. This advantage was similarly found if PAH and CTEPH were analysed separately. Although a lower HR was associated with a better hemodynamic and functional class, HR was a strong and independent prognostic marker for transplant free survival even if corrected for age, sex, hemodynamics and functional status. Conclusion We show that resting HR at diagnosis is a strong and independent long-term prognostic marker in PAH and CTEPH. Whether reducing HR by pharmacological agents would improve outcome in pPH has to be assessed by future trials with high attention to safety.

  6. Left ventricular strain and strain rate by 2D speckle tracking in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension before and after pulmonary thromboendarterectomy

    Waltman Thomas J

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Echocardiographic evaluation of left ventricular (LV strain and strain rate (SR by 2D speckle tracking may be useful tools to assess chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH severity as well as response to successful pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE. Methods We evaluated 30 patients with CTEPH before and after PTE using 2D speckle tracking measurements of LV radial and circumferential strain and SR in the short axis, and correlated the data with right heart catheterization (RHC. Results PTE resulted in a decrease in mean PA pressure (44 ± 15 to 29 ± 9 mmHg, decrease in PVR (950 ± 550 to 31 ± 160 [dyne-sec]/cm5, and an increase in cardiac output (3.9 ± 1.0 to 5.0 ± 1.0 L/min, p change in circumferential strain and change in posterior wall radial strain correlated moderately well with changes in PVR, mean PA pressure and cardiac output (r = 0.69, 0.76, and 0.51 for circumferential strain [p Conclusions LV circumferential and posterior wall radial strain change after relief of pulmonary arterial obstruction in patients with CTEPH, and these improvements occur rapidly. These changes in LV strain may reflect effects from improved LV diastolic filling, and may be useful non-invasive markers of successful PTE.

  7. Low-molecular-weight heparins in the treatment of venous thromboembolism

    Huisman Menno V; Ageno Walter

    2000-01-01

    Abstract Venous thromboembolism is a common disease that is associated with considerable morbidity if left untreated. Recently, low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs) have been evaluated for use in acute treatment of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Randomized studies have shown that LMWHs are as effective as unfractionated heparin in the prevention of recurrent venous thromboembolism, and are as safe with respect to the occurrence of major bleeding. A pooled analysis did not sho...

  8. Dual-energy CT perfusion and angiography in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: diagnostic accuracy and concordance with radionuclide scintigraphy

    To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) perfusion and angiography versus ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), and to assess the per-segment concordance rate of DECT and scintigraphy. Forty consecutive patients with proven pulmonary hypertension underwent V/Q scintigraphy and DECT perfusion and angiography. Each imaging technique was assessed for the location of segmental defects. Diagnosis of CTEPH was established when at least one segmental perfusion defect was detected by scintigraphy. Diagnostic accuracy of DECT perfusion and angiography was assessed and compared with scintigraphy. In CTEPH patients, the per-segment concordance between scintigraphy and DECT perfusion/angiography was calculated. Fourteen patients were diagnosed with CTEPH and 26 with other aetiologies. DECT perfusion and angiography correctly identified all CTEPH patients with sensitivity/specificity values of 1/0.92 and 1/0.93, respectively. At a segmental level, DECT perfusion showed moderate agreement (κ = 0.44) with scintigraphy. Agreement between CT angiography and scintigraphy ranged from fair (κ = 0.31) to slight (κ = 0.09) depending on whether completely or partially occlusive patterns were considered, respectively. Both DECT perfusion and angiography show satisfactory performance for the diagnosis of CTEPH. DECT perfusion is more accurate than angiography at identifying the segmental location of abnormalities. (orig.)

  9. Dual-energy CT perfusion and angiography in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: diagnostic accuracy and concordance with radionuclide scintigraphy

    Dournes, Gael; Verdier, Damien; Montaudon, Michel; Laurent, Francois; Lederlin, Mathieu [Hopital Haut-Leveque, CHU Bordeaux, Department of Medical Imaging, Pessac (France); University Bordeaux Segalen, Bordeaux Cedex (France); Bullier, Eric; Riviere, Annalisa [Hopital Haut-Leveque, CHU Bordeaux, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Pessac (France); Dromer, Claire [Hopital Haut-Leveque, CHU Bordeaux, Department of Respiratory Diseases, Pessac (France); Picard, Francois [Hopital Haut-Leveque, CHU Bordeaux, Department of Cardiology, Pessac (France); Billes, Marc-Alain [Hopital Haut-Leveque, CHU Bordeaux, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Pessac (France); Corneloup, Olivier [Hopital Haut-Leveque, CHU Bordeaux, Department of Medical Imaging, Pessac (France)

    2014-01-15

    To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) perfusion and angiography versus ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), and to assess the per-segment concordance rate of DECT and scintigraphy. Forty consecutive patients with proven pulmonary hypertension underwent V/Q scintigraphy and DECT perfusion and angiography. Each imaging technique was assessed for the location of segmental defects. Diagnosis of CTEPH was established when at least one segmental perfusion defect was detected by scintigraphy. Diagnostic accuracy of DECT perfusion and angiography was assessed and compared with scintigraphy. In CTEPH patients, the per-segment concordance between scintigraphy and DECT perfusion/angiography was calculated. Fourteen patients were diagnosed with CTEPH and 26 with other aetiologies. DECT perfusion and angiography correctly identified all CTEPH patients with sensitivity/specificity values of 1/0.92 and 1/0.93, respectively. At a segmental level, DECT perfusion showed moderate agreement (κ = 0.44) with scintigraphy. Agreement between CT angiography and scintigraphy ranged from fair (κ = 0.31) to slight (κ = 0.09) depending on whether completely or partially occlusive patterns were considered, respectively. Both DECT perfusion and angiography show satisfactory performance for the diagnosis of CTEPH. DECT perfusion is more accurate than angiography at identifying the segmental location of abnormalities. (orig.)

  10. Successful management of acute thromboembolic disease complicated with heparin induced thrombocytopenia type II (HIT II: a case series

    Trellopoulos George

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia type II (HIT II is a rare immune-mediated complication of heparin. The diagnosis of HIT is considered in patients exposed to heparin, presenting with thrombocytopenia and thrombosis. We present two cases with massive pulmonary embolism and HIT, successfully treated with the administration of fondaparinux, an alternative anticoagulant, combined with the insertion of an inferior vena cava filter for the prevention of new thromboembolic events. The two cases supplement the available data of the use of fondaparinux in patients with HIT and pulmonary embolism, before further large studies establish its efficacy and safety in this group of patients. Moreover, the management of these patients reveals the need for future evaluation of the combined therapy of alternative anticoagulant agents with the placement of vena cava filters.

  11. Venous thromboembolism: Additional diagnostic value and radiation dose of pelvic CT venography in patients with suspected pulmonary embolism

    Reichert, Miriam, E-mail: Miriam.Reichert@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); Henzler, Thomas; Krissak, Radko; Apfaltrer, Paul [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); Huck, Kurt [1st Department of Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim (Germany); Buesing, Karen [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); Sueselbeck, Tim [1st Department of Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim (Germany); Schoenberg, Stefan O.; Fink, Christian [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)

    2011-10-15

    Purpose: To assess the additional diagnostic value of indirect CT venography (CTV) of the pelvis and upper thighs performed after pulmonary CT angiography (CTA) for the diagnosis of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Materials and methods: In a retrospective analysis, the radiology information system entries between January 2003 and December 2007 were searched for patients who received pulmonary CTA and additional CTV of the pelvis and upper thighs. Of those patients, the radiology reports were reviewed for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in the pelvic veins and veins of the upper thighs. In cases with an isolated pelvic thrombosis at CTV (i.e. which only had a thrombosis in the pelvic veins but not in the veins of the upper thigh) ultrasound reports were reviewed for the presence of DVT of the legs. The estimated radiation dose was calculated for pulmonary CTA and for CTV of the pelvis. Results: In the defined period 3670 patients were referred to our institution for exclusion of PE. Of those, 642 patients (353 men, 289 women; mean age, 65 {+-} 15 years, age range 18-98 years) underwent combined pulmonary CTA and CTV. Among them, PE was found in 227 patients (35.4%). In patients without PE CTV was negative in all cases. In patients with PE, CTV demonstrated pelvic thrombosis in 24 patients (3.7%) and thrombosis of the upper thighs in 43 patients (6.6%). Of those patients 14 (2.1%) had DVT in the pelvis and upper thighs. In 10 patients (1.5%) CTV showed an isolated pelvic thrombosis. Of those patients ultrasound reports were available in 7 patients, which revealed DVT of the leg veins in 5 cases (1%). Thus, the estimated prevalence of isolated pelvic thrombosis detected only by pelvic CTV ranges between 1-5/642 patients (0.1-0.7%). Radiation dose ranges between 4.8 and 9.7 mSv for additional CTV of the pelvis. Conclusion: CTV of the pelvis performed after pulmonary CTA is of neglectable additional diagnostic value for the

  12. 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)

  13. Comparison of C-arm Computed Tomography and Digital Subtraction Angiography in Patients with Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension

    PurposeTo assess the feasibility and diagnostic performance of contrast-enhanced, C-arm computed tomography (CACT) of the pulmonary arteries compared to digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in patients suffering from chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH).MaterialsFifty-two patients with CTEPH underwent ECG-gated DSA and contrast-enhanced CACT. Two readers (R1, R2) independently evaluated pulmonary artery segments and their sub-segmental branching using DSA and CACT for optimal image quality. Afterwards, the diagnostic findings, i.e., intraluminal filling defects, stenosis, and occlusion, were compared. Inter-modality and inter-observer agreement was calculated, and subsequently consensus reading was done and correlated to a reference standard representing the overall consensus of both modalities. Fisher’s exact test and Cohen’s Kappa were applied.ResultsA total of 1352 pulmonary segments were evaluated, of which 1255 (92.8 %) on DSA and 1256 (92.9 %) on CACT were rated to be fully diagnostic. The main causes of the non-diagnostic image quality were motion artifacts on CACT (R1:37, R2:78) and insufficient contrast enhancement on DSA (R1:59, R2:38). Inter-observer agreement was good for DSA (κ = 0.74) and CACT (κ = 0.75), while inter-modality agreement was moderate (R1: κ = 0.46, R2: κ = 0.47). Compared to the reference standard, the inter-modality agreement for CACT was excellent (κ = 0.96), whereas it was inferior for DSA (κ = 0.61) due to the higher number of abnormal consensus findings read as normal on DSA.ConclusionCACT of the pulmonary arteries is feasible and provides additional information to DSA. CACT has the potential to improve the diagnostic work-up of patients with CTEPH and may be particularly useful prior to surgical or interventional treatment

  14. Comparison of C-arm Computed Tomography and Digital Subtraction Angiography in Patients with Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension

    Hinrichs, Jan B., E-mail: hinrichs.jan@mh-hannover.de; Marquardt, Steffen, E-mail: marquardt.steffen@mh-hannover.de; Falck, Christian von, E-mail: falck.christian.von@mh-hannover.de [Hannover Medical School, Department for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, German Center for Lung Research (DZL) (Germany); Hoeper, Marius M., E-mail: hoeper.marius@mh-hannover.de; Olsson, Karen M., E-mail: olsson.karen@mh-hannover.de [Hannover Medical School, Clinic for Pneumology, German Center for Lung Research (DZL) (Germany); Wacker, Frank K., E-mail: wacker.frank@mh-hannover.de; Meyer, Bernhard C., E-mail: meyer.bernhard@mh-hannover.de [Hannover Medical School, Department for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, German Center for Lung Research (DZL) (Germany)

    2016-01-15

    PurposeTo assess the feasibility and diagnostic performance of contrast-enhanced, C-arm computed tomography (CACT) of the pulmonary arteries compared to digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in patients suffering from chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH).MaterialsFifty-two patients with CTEPH underwent ECG-gated DSA and contrast-enhanced CACT. Two readers (R1, R2) independently evaluated pulmonary artery segments and their sub-segmental branching using DSA and CACT for optimal image quality. Afterwards, the diagnostic findings, i.e., intraluminal filling defects, stenosis, and occlusion, were compared. Inter-modality and inter-observer agreement was calculated, and subsequently consensus reading was done and correlated to a reference standard representing the overall consensus of both modalities. Fisher’s exact test and Cohen’s Kappa were applied.ResultsA total of 1352 pulmonary segments were evaluated, of which 1255 (92.8 %) on DSA and 1256 (92.9 %) on CACT were rated to be fully diagnostic. The main causes of the non-diagnostic image quality were motion artifacts on CACT (R1:37, R2:78) and insufficient contrast enhancement on DSA (R1:59, R2:38). Inter-observer agreement was good for DSA (κ = 0.74) and CACT (κ = 0.75), while inter-modality agreement was moderate (R1: κ = 0.46, R2: κ = 0.47). Compared to the reference standard, the inter-modality agreement for CACT was excellent (κ = 0.96), whereas it was inferior for DSA (κ = 0.61) due to the higher number of abnormal consensus findings read as normal on DSA.ConclusionCACT of the pulmonary arteries is feasible and provides additional information to DSA. CACT has the potential to improve the diagnostic work-up of patients with CTEPH and may be particularly useful prior to surgical or interventional treatment.

  15. Differences of cardiac output measurements by open-circuit acetylene uptake in pulmonary arterial hypertension and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: a cohort study

    Schwaiblmair Martin

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background As differences in gas exchange between pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH have been demonstrated, we asked if cardiac output measurements determined by acetylene (C2H2 uptake significantly differed in these diseases when compared to the thermodilution technique. Method Single-breath open-circuit C2H2 uptake, thermodilution, and cardiopulmonary exercise testing were performed in 72 PAH and 32 CTEPH patients. Results In PAH patients the results for cardiac output obtained by the two methods showed an acceptable agreement with a mean difference of -0.16 L/min (95% CI -2.64 to 2.32 L/min. In contrast, the agreement was poorer in the CTEPH group with the difference being -0.56 L/min (95% CI -4.96 to 3.84 L/min. Functional dead space ventilation (44.5 ± 1.6 vs. 32.2 ± 1.4%, p 2 gradient (9.9 ± 0.8 vs. 4.1 ± 0.5 mmHg, p Conclusion Cardiac output evaluation by the C2H2 technique should be interpreted with caution in CTEPH, as ventilation to perfusion mismatching might be more relevant than in PAH.

  16. The thrombolytic therapeutic evaluation in lower extremital post-mortem's and postoperation patients with pulmonary thromboembolism by 99mTc-MAA pulmonary perfusion imaging

    Objective: To investigate the role of pulmonary perfusion imaging (PPI) in evaluating the thrombolytic therapy in lower extremital posttraumatosis and postoperation patients (LEPP) with pulmonary thromboembolism (PE). Methods: 19 LEPP with PE (3∼28 days disease course) underwent PPI before thrombolysis and after 2-4 weeks' treatment. The lung segments with 100% lack of perfusion was marked 3, those denmonstated 25%∼75% marked 2, <25 % marked 1 and normal marked 0. The therapeutic results were compared with the marks' changes. Results: The clinical symptoms of 10 cases were fully disappear after 2∼4 weeks' treatment, 6 significant improved, 3 improved. The marks were significant difference between before (10.2±3.8) and after (2.8±1.4) treatment (t=7.75, P<0.01). Conclusion: PPI is an effective and noninvasive method for evaluating changes of lung blood flow, it could play an important role on evaluating therapeutic efficiency in LEPP with PE patients. (authors)

  17. 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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  18. Are inferior vena cava filters effective for prophylaxis of critical pulmonary embolism in patients with cancer and coexisting venous thromboembolism?

    Cancer sometimes causes venous thromboembolisms (VTE) including pulmonary embolisms (PE), which impedes aggressive treatment such as chemotherapy. From January 2003 to March 2007, there were 120 hospitalized patients with existing VTE in The University of Tokyo Hospital. Among them we reviewed 39 patients with cancer who required aggressive chemoradiotherapy and examined whether inferior vena cava (IVC) filtration was necessary in addition to ordinary anticoagulant therapy. The clinical stage of cancer was stage I in 7, stage II in 4, stage III in 11, and stage IV in 17. Most were advanced cancer. Of the 39, 9 underwent an IVC filter placement (filter group) and 30 did not (no-filter group). All of them received regular anticoagulant therapy. In the long-term follow up averaging 16.9 months, one patient of the filter group required discontinuation of chemotherapy due to symptomatic PE, but there was no such a case in the no-filter group. Filter-related complications such as IVC occlusion or migration did not occur. Computed tomography showed VTE in the long-term course in 27 out of 39 patients, and suggested increased thrombi in cases of recurrent cancer and those with poor outcome. Seventeen died of cancer but no one died of PE during the study. This study showed that IVC filters offered no beneficial effect for the patients with existing VTE who receive aggressive chemotherapy. (author)

  19. Prophylaxis of venous and pulmonary thrombo-embolism. Profilaxis del tromboembolismo venoso y pulmonar. Conceptos actuales.

    Hugo Jiménez Vázquez

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available This bibliographical revision stands out the importance of the vein thromboembolism prevention in patients under different surgical and injuries procedures, wicked illnesses and medical conditions. The epidemiology, etiopatogenia and factors of risk of the deep vein thrombosis and the lung embolism are exposed in different categories of patient. Up to dates prophylactic methods are taken into account and compared their effectiveness and cautions according to the last studies on the topic.
    En esta revisión se destaca la importancia de la prevención de tromboembolismo venoso en pacientes bajo diferentes procedimientos quirúrgicos y traumatológicos, enfermedades malignas y condiciones médicas. Se exponen la epidemiología, etiopatogenia y factores de riesgo de la trombosis venosa profunda y el embolismo pulmonar en diferentes categorías de pacientes. Se tratan también los métodos profilácticos actualmente existentes y se compara su efectividad y precauciones de acuerdo a los últimos estudios sobre el tema.

  20. Recomendações para o manejo da tromboembolia pulmonar, 2010 Recommendations for the management of pulmonary thromboembolism, 2010

    Mario Terra-Filho

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available A tromboembolia pulmonar constitui, juntamente com a trombose venosa profunda, a condição denominada tromboembolismo venoso. Apesar dos avanços, a morbidade e a mortalidade atribuídas a essa doença ainda são elevadas, pois os pacientes apresentam doenças mais complexas, são submetidos a um maior número de procedimentos invasivos e sobrevivem por mais tempo. Embora existam inúmeras diretrizes internacionais disponíveis, optou-se por redigir estas recomendações para sua aplicação na prática médica nacional, embasadas nas melhores evidências na literatura e na opinião do grupo de consultores. Este documento é apenas uma ferramenta para o atendimento dos pacientes, e, embora possa ser aplicado na maioria das situações, o médico deve adaptar as informações a sua realidade local e ao caso específico. O diagnóstico de tromboembolia pulmonar é realizado através da combinação da probabilidade clínica pré-teste (escores com o resultado dos exames de imagem, sendo atualmente o método de eleição a angiotomografia computadorizada. É fundamental a estratificação do risco de desfecho desfavorável, sendo a instabilidade hemodinâmica o preditor mais importante. Pacientes de baixo risco devem ser tratados com heparina, comumente as de baixo peso molecular. Pacientes de alto risco requerem vigilância intensiva e uso de trombolíticos em alguns casos. A longo prazo, os pacientes devem receber anticoagulantes por no mínimo três meses, sendo sua manutenção decidida pela presença de fatores de risco para a recorrência e a probabilidade de sangramento. A profilaxia é altamente eficaz e deve ser amplamente utilizada, tanto em pacientes clínicos como cirúrgicos, conforme os grupos de risco. Finalmente, são feitas recomendações relacionadas ao diagnóstico, tratamento e prevenção da tromboembolia pulmonar.Pulmonary thromboembolism and deep vein thrombosis together constitute a condition designated venous

  1. Direct oral anticoagulants in the treatment of venous thromboembolism, with a focus on patients with pulmonary embolism: an evidence-based review.

    Gómez-Outes, Antonio; Suárez-Gea, M Luisa; Lecumberri, Ramón; Terleira-Fernández, Ana Isabel; Vargas-Castrillón, Emilio

    2014-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a relatively common cardiovascular emergency. PE and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) are considered expressions of the same disease, termed as venous thromboembolism (VTE). In the present review, we describe and meta-analyze the efficacy and safety data available with the direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC; dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, edoxaban) in clinical trials testing these new compounds in the acute/long-term and extended therapy of VTE, providing subgroup analyses in patients with index PE. We analyzed ten studies in 35,019 randomized patients. A total of 14,364 patients (41%) had index PE. In the acute/long-term treatment of VTE, the DOAC showed comparable efficacy in preventing recurrent VTE to standard treatment in patients with index PE (risk ratio [RR]: 0.88; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.70-1.11) and index DVT (RR: 0.93; 95% CI: 0.75-1.16) (P for subgroup differences =0.76). VTE recurrence depending on PE anatomical extension and presence/absence of right ventricular dysfunction was only reported in two trials, with results being consistent with those obtained in the overall study populations. In the single trial comparing extended therapy of VTE with DOAC versus warfarin, the point estimate for recurrent VTE tended to disfavor the DOAC in patients with index PE (RR: 2.05; 95% CI: 0.83-5.03) and in patients with index DVT (RR: 1.11; 95% CI: 0.49-2.50) (P for subgroup differences =0.32). In trials that compared DOAC versus placebo for extended therapy, the reduction in recurrent VTE was consistent in patients with PE (RR: 0.15; 95% CI: 0.01-1.82) and in patients with DVT (RR: 0.25; 95% CI: 0.10-0.61) (P for subgroup differences =0.71). The DOAC were associated with a consistently lower risk of clinically relevant bleeding (CRB) than standard treatment of acute VTE and higher risk of CRB than placebo for extended therapy of VTE regardless of index event. In summary, the DOAC were as effective as, and safer than, standard

  2. Thrombolytic-plus-Anticoagulant Therapy versus Anticoagulant-Alone Therapy in Submassive Pulmonary Thromboembolism (TVASPE Study: A Randomized Clinical Trial

    Maryam Taherkhani

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: The use of thrombolytic agents in the treatment of hemodynamically stable patients with acute submassive pulmonary embolism (PTE remains controversial. We, therefore, conducted this study to compare the effect of thrombolytic plus anticoagulation versus anticoagulation alone on early death and adverse outcome following submassive PTE.Methods: We conducted a study of patients with acute pulmonary embolism and pulmonary hypertension or right ventricular dilatation/dysfunction but without arterial hypotension or shock. The patients were randomly assigned in a single-blind fashion to receive an anticoagulant [Enoxaparin (1 mg/kg twice a day] plus a thrombolytic [Alteplase (100 mg or Streptokinase (1500000 u/2 hours] or an anticoagulant [Enoxaparin (1 mg/kg twice a day] alone. The primary endpoint was in-hospital death or clinical deterioration requiring an escalation of treatment. The secondary endpoints of the study were major bleeding, pulmonary hypertension, right ventricular dilatation at the end of the first week, and exertional dyspnea at the end of the first month.Results: Of 50 patients enrolled, 25 patients were randomly assigned to receive an anticoagulant plus a thrombolytic and the other 25 patients were given an anticoagulant alone. The incidence of the primary endpoints was significantly higher in the anticoagulant-alone group than in the thrombolytic-plus-anticoagulant group (p value = 0.022. At the time of discharge, pulmonary artery pressure was significantly higher in the anticoagulant-alone group than in the thrombolytic- plus-anticoagulant group (p value = 0.018; however, reduction in the right ventricular size or normalization of the right ventricle showed non-significant differences between the two groups. There was no significant difference regarding the New York Heat Association (NYHA functional class between the two groups at the end of the first month (p value = 0.213. No fatal bleeding or cerebral bleeding

  3. 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...

  4. 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.

  5. 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...

  6. Fibrin-related markers for diagnosing acute-, subclinical-, and pre-venous thromboembolism in patients with major orthopedic surgery.

    Yamaguchi, Toshio; Wada, Hideo; Miyazaki, Shinichi; Hasegawa, Masahiro; Wakabayashi, Hiroki; Asanuma, Kunihiro; Fujimoto, Naoki; Matsumoto, Takeshi; Ohishi, Kohshi; Sakaguchi, Akane; Yamada, Norikazu; Ito, Masaaki; Yamashita, Yoshiki; Katayama, Naoyuki; Sudo, Akihiro

    2016-05-01

    Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common complication in patients who have undergone major orthopedic surgery, but there are few predictors of VTE after major orthopedic surgery treated with an anticoagulant. We measured levels of fibrin-related markers (FRMs), such as D-dimer, soluble fibrin (SF), and fibrinogen and fibrin degradation products (FDPs) in 66 patients with acute-phase VTE, and 367 patients undergoing major orthopedic surgery. Plasma FDP, D-dimer, and SF levels were significantly higher in patients with acute VTE, but only FDP and D-dimer levels were significantly higher in subclinical VTE. Adequate cut-off levels of D-dimer were 2.2 μg/ml for diagnosing acute VTE and 1.5 μg/ml for diagnosing subclinical VTE. D-dimer of less than 1.9 or 0.7 μg/ml ruled out acute VTE or subclinical VTE. D-dimer of more than 1.3 μg/ml preoperatively showed a moderate risk for postoperative VTE. Measurement of FRMs is useful for evaluating the risk of subclinical or postoperative VTE in patients with major orthopedic surgery. In particular, FDP is the most valuable marker for diagnosing acute VTE, whereas D-dimer is the most valuable for diagnosing subclinical VTE or predicting VTE. PMID:26872909

  7. Spindle cell sarcoma of pulmonary artery mimicking thromboembolism with lung metastasis detected in fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography

    Pulmonary artery sarcoma (PAS), although rare, must be considered in the differential diagnosis of pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE). This tumor is highly malignant and the prognosis is very poor. As much as the standardized uptake values (SUVs) at fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (18F-FDG PET) have helped in differentiating between benign and malignant tumors, visualization of a low-attenuation filling defect within a pulmonary artery on contrast-enhanced chest computed tomography (CT) can be suggestive of a malignancy, such as PAS, if the lesion shows high FDG uptake at PET. We present a case of PAS that showed high FDG uptake on integrated FDG PET/CT and with lung metastasis. Patient underwent endoscopic bronchial ultrasound-transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA), which confirmed spindle cell sarcoma

  8. Medical image of the week: pulmonary thromboembolism complicated by free floating atrial thrombus

    VanHook CJ

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. An 82-year-old female presented to the emergency department four days after suffering a fall at home. She complained of left hip pain, weakness and shortness of breath. Physical exam demonstrated a blood pressure of 82/60 mm Hg, pulse of 120 bpm, and room air oxygen saturation measured by pulse oximetry of 81%. Exam was otherwise remarkable for pain on movement of the left hip. Laboratory exam was remarkable for troponin of 2.5 ng/ml and pro-beta natriuretic peptide of 31,350 pg/ml. Chest radiograph demonstrated elevation of the right hemidiaphragm. EKG demonstrated sinus tachycardia with a rightward axis and an interventricular conduction defect. Left hip film disclosed a non-displaced femoral neck fracture. CAT-angiography of the chest revealed pulmonary emboli involving all five lobes with significant bilateral proximal pulmonary arterial filling defects (Figures 1,2. Venous Doppler examination demonstrated left lower extremity deep vein thrombosis. Trans-thoracic echocardiogram demonstrated right ventricular enlargement and a large

  9. 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.

  10. Pulmonary thromboembolism: a retrospective study on the examination of 991 patients by ventilation/perfusion SPECT using Technegas

    Purpose: Conventional planar ventilation/perfusion (V/P)-imaging in those patients suspected of suffering from pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) is of limited diagnostic value. It is the purpose of this retrospective study to determine whether the use of V/P-SPECT using Technegas might reduce the rate of those diagnostic uncertainties and might lead to better results. Methods: 991 patients (660 female, 331 male, age 18-90, mean 60), referred to our laboratory with suspected PTE, were examined as follows: patients inhaled 37 MBq of Technegas in the supine position and a SPECT-acquisition was started. Following SPECT-completion, 185 MBq 99mTc-MAA was injected intravenously. SPECT was then repeated. Coronal and transverse ventilation and perfusion SPECT-slices were reconstructed and compared section by section. 85 patients underwent control scans by the same technique at a mean interval of 22 months after the original scans. Results: As the SPECT images in almost all cases made a clear match/mismatch decision possible, we categorized all patients as embolic (PTE+) if there was at least one mismatching defect, and as non embolic (PTE-) if there were none. Our results were: PTE +: 178 patients (18%), PTE-: 808 patients (81%), uncertain: 5 patients (0.5%), if 34 triple-match defects are included: 39 patients (3.9%). 46 patients, categorized as PTE+ underwent a control V/P scan after anticoagulant therapy. In 44 of these patients, PTE was confirmed by the controls. In a control group of 39 PTE- patients, control scans were unchanged in 38 cases. From these observations we can calculate a sensitivity of 96% and a specificity of 97%. Conclusion: We conclude that V/P imaging can be improved significantly by V/P SPECT using Technegas. (orig.)

  11. Pulmonary thromboembolism: a retrospective study on the examination of 991 patients by ventilation/perfusion SPECT using Technegas

    Lemb, M. [Roentgeninstitut, Bremerhaven (Germany); Pohlabeln, H. [Bremer Inst. fuer Praeventionsforschung und Sozialmedizin (BIPS), Univ. Bremen (Germany)

    2001-12-01

    Purpose: Conventional planar ventilation/perfusion (V/P)-imaging in those patients suspected of suffering from pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) is of limited diagnostic value. It is the purpose of this retrospective study to determine whether the use of V/P-SPECT using Technegas might reduce the rate of those diagnostic uncertainties and might lead to better results. Methods: 991 patients (660 female, 331 male, age 18-90, mean 60), referred to our laboratory with suspected PTE, were examined as follows: patients inhaled 37 MBq of Technegas in the supine position and a SPECT-acquisition was started. Following SPECT-completion, 185 MBq 99mTc-MAA was injected intravenously. SPECT was then repeated. Coronal and transverse ventilation and perfusion SPECT-slices were reconstructed and compared section by section. 85 patients underwent control scans by the same technique at a mean interval of 22 months after the original scans. Results: As the SPECT images in almost all cases made a clear match/mismatch decision possible, we categorized all patients as embolic (PTE+) if there was at least one mismatching defect, and as non embolic (PTE-) if there were none. Our results were: PTE +: 178 patients (18%), PTE-: 808 patients (81%), uncertain: 5 patients (0.5%), if 34 triple-match defects are included: 39 patients (3.9%). 46 patients, categorized as PTE+ underwent a control V/P scan after anticoagulant therapy. In 44 of these patients, PTE was confirmed by the controls. In a control group of 39 PTE- patients, control scans were unchanged in 38 cases. From these observations we can calculate a sensitivity of 96% and a specificity of 97%. Conclusion: We conclude that V/P imaging can be improved significantly by V/P SPECT using Technegas. (orig.)

  12. Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) for acute pulmonary emboli

    The results of 49 DSAs (in 29 patients) are presented; these were performed for the diagnosis or follow-up of pulmonary emboli. The direct or indirect signs of pulmonary emboli, known to occur during conventional pulmonary angiography, were used as diagnostic criteria. In 47 examinations it was possible to make or to exclude the diagnosis unequivocally. The advantages of DSA make it desirable to use this method as the first form of examination in the diagnosis of acute, but not immediately life-threatening, pulmonary emboli. (orig.)

  13. Prevention of venous thromboembolism in hospitalized acutely ill medical patients: focus on the clinical utility of (low-dose fondaparinux

    Di Nisio M

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Marcello Di Nisio,1,2 Ettore Porreca3 1Department of Medical, Oral and Biotechnological Sciences, University G D'Annunzio of Chieti-Pescara, Chieti, Italy; 2Department of Vascular Medicine, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 3Department of Medicine and Aging, Centre for Aging Sciences, Internal Medicine Unit, University G D'Annunzio Foundation, Chieti, Italy Abstract: Venous thromboembolism (VTE is a frequent complication among acutely ill medical patients hospitalized for congestive heart failure, acute respiratory insufficiency, rheumatologic disorders, and acute infectious and/or inflammatory diseases. Based on robust data from randomized controlled studies and meta-analyses showing a reduced incidence of VTE by 40% to about 60% with pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis, prevention of VTE with low molecular weight heparin (LMWH, unfractionated heparin (UFH, or fondaparinux is currently recommended in all at-risk hospitalized acutely ill medical patients. In patients who are bleeding or are at high risk for major bleeding, mechanical prophylaxis with graduated compression stockings or intermittent pneumatic compression may be suggested. Thromboprophylaxis is generally continued for 6 to 14 days or for the duration of hospitalization. Selected cases could benefit from extended thromboprophylaxis beyond this period, although the risk of major bleeding remains a concern, and additional studies are needed to identify patients who may benefit from prolonged prophylaxis. For hospitalized acutely ill medical patients with renal insufficiency, a low dose (1.5 mg once daily of fondaparinux or prophylactic LMWH subcutaneously appears to have a safe profile, although proper evaluation in randomized studies is lacking. The evidence on the use of prophylaxis for VTE in this latter group of patients, as well as in those at higher risk of bleeding complications, such as patients with thrombocytopenia, remains scarce. For critically ill patients

  14. Individually optimized uniform contrast enhancement in CT angiography for the diagnosis of pulmonary thromboembolic disease—A simulation study

    Purpose: To improve the diagnostic quality of CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) by individually optimizing a biphasic contrast injection function to achieve targeted uniform contrast enhancement. To compare the results against a previously reported discrete Fourier transform (DFT) approach. Methods: This simulation study used the CTPA datasets of 27 consecutive patients with pulmonary thromboembolic disease (PE). An optimization approach was developed consisting of (1) computation of the impulse enhancement function (IEF) based on a test bolus scan, and (2) optimization of a biphasic contrast injection function using the IEF in order to achieve targeted uniform enhancement. The injection rates and durations of a biphasic contrast injection function are optimized by minimizing the difference between the resulting contrast enhancement curve and the targeted uniform enhancement curve, while conforming to the clinical constraints of injection rate and total contrast volume. The total contrast volume was limited first to the clinical standard of 65 ml, and then to the same amount used in the DFT approach for comparison. The optimization approach and the DFT approach were compared in terms of the root mean square error (RMSE) and total contrast volume used. Results: When the total contrast volume was limited to 65 ml, the optimization approach produced significantly better contrast enhancement (closer to the targeted uniform contrast enhancement) than the DFT approach (RMSE 17 HU vs 56 HU,p < 0.00001). On average, the optimization approach used 63 ml contrast, while the DFT approach used 50 ml with four patients exceeding 65 ml. When equivalent total contrast volume was used for individual patient, the optimization approach still generated significantly better contrast enhancement (RMSE 44 HU vs 56 HU, p < 0.01). Constraints for the injection function could be easily accommodated into the optimization process when searching for the optimal biphasic injection function

  15. Thromboembolic event rate in patients with persistent or paroxysmal atrial fibrillation post circumferential pulmonary vein isolation:a single center experience in China

    ZHOU Jing-min; LIU Shao-wen; LIN Jia-xiong; NIE Zhen-ning; WU Hong-yi; ZHOU Jun; HAO Ying; CAI Nai-sheng; GE Jun-bo

    2007-01-01

    Background Pulmonary-vein isolation (PVI) is currently used for the treatment of chronic and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and a major risk of PVI is thromboembolism. The purpose of this study was to observe embolic event rate in patients with persistent or paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) undergone PVI.Methods Circumferential PVI (CPVI) was performed in 64 consecutive patients with persistent AF (42 men, aged (60.0±9.1) years) and in 84 consecutive patients with paroxysmal AF (53 men, aged (61.4±9.3) years). Warfarin was administrated in all patients before ablation for at least 3 weeks ((5.2±2.6) weeks) and continued for at least 3 months post ablation with international normalized ratio (INR) of 2.0-3.0. During CPVI, intravenous heparin was given at a dose of 5000-8000 U or 75-100 U/kg, followed by 1000 U or 12 U/kg per hour.Results In patients with persistent AF, 1 patient developed embolic event during ablation and 3 patients developed embolic events after ablation. In contrast, no thromboembolic event was observed in patients with paroxysmal AF (4/64vs 0/84, P=0. 033).Conclusion Thromboembolic event rate related to CPVI is significantly higher in patients with persistent AF than that in patients with paroxysmal AF.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. DIAGNÓSTICO DE UN TROMBOEMBOLISMO PULMONAR AGUDO POR ANGIOTC / Diagnosis of acute pulmonary thomboembolism by CT angiography

    Mario E. Nápoles Lizano

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available ResumenEl tromboembolismo pulmonar agudo tiene mayor morbilidad y mortalidad en los ancianos, pero puede presentarse en adultos jóvenes; por eso el diagnóstico certero es muy importante en este grupo etario. En este artículo se presenta el caso de un hombre de 37 años de edad, que acude al cuerpo de guardia por dolor precordial, sin alteraciones electrocardiográficas y dilatación de las cavidades derechas en el ecocardiograma. Se realizó AngioTC y se observó una dilatación del tronco de la arteria pulmonar, donde había una imagen hipodensa que ocupaba su porción distal, en relación con tromboembolismo pulmonar agudo. El paciente evolucionó favorablemente con el tratamiento. Mediante este estudio, se evidencia la importancia del AngioTC con tomógrafo de doble fuente, para la evaluación del dolor torácico agudo, en el paciente que no tiene manifestaciones electrocardiográficas, ni enzimáticas de infarto agudo de miocardio. / AbstractAcute pulmonary thromboembolism have increased morbidity and mortality in the elderly, but it can also occur in young adults, which is why an accurate diagnosis is very important in this age group. This article presents the case of a 37-year-old man, who comes to the emergency room for chest pain without electrocardiographic abnormalities and dilatation of the right chambers on echocardiography. CT angiography was performed and it showed a dilated pulmonary trunk, where there was a hypodense image occupying its distal portion, in relation to acute pulmonary thromboembolism. The patient responded favorably to treatment. Through this study, the importance of CT angiography with dual-source CT scanner for evaluation of acute chest pain, in patients with no electrocardiographic manifestations or enzymatic myocardial infarction is demonstrated.

  19. Pathophysiology of pulmonary hypertension in acute lung injury

    Price, Laura C.; Mcauley, Danny F.; Marino, Philip S; Finney, Simon J; Griffiths, Mark J.; Wort, Stephen John

    2012-01-01

    Acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome are characterized by protein rich alveolar edema, reduced lung compliance, and acute severe hypoxemia. A degree of pulmonary hypertension (PH) is also characteristic, higher levels of which are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The increase in right ventricular (RV) afterload causes RV dysfunction and failure in some patients, with associated adverse effects on oxygen delivery. Although the introduction of lung p...

  20. Direct oral anticoagulants in the treatment of venous thromboembolism, with a focus on patients with pulmonary embolism: an evidence-based review

    Gómez-Outes A

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Antonio Gómez-Outes,1 Mª Luisa Suárez-Gea,1 Ramón Lecumberri,2 Ana Isabel Terleira-Fernández,3,4 Emilio Vargas-Castrillón3,41Division of Pharmacology and Clinical Evaluation, Medicines for Human Use, Spanish Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS, Madrid, Spain; 2Department of Hematology, University Clinic of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain; 3Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Hospital Clínico, Madrid, Spain; 4Department of Pharmacology, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, SpainAbstract: Pulmonary embolism (PE is a relatively common cardiovascular emergency. PE and deep vein thrombosis (DVT are considered expressions of the same disease, termed as venous thromboembolism (VTE. In the present review, we describe and meta-analyze the efficacy and safety data available with the direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC; dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, edoxaban in clinical trials testing these new compounds in the acute/long-term and extended therapy of VTE, providing subgroup analyses in patients with index PE. We analyzed ten studies in 35,019 randomized patients. A total of 14,364 patients (41% had index PE. In the acute/long-term treatment of VTE, the DOAC showed comparable efficacy in preventing recurrent VTE to standard treatment in patients with index PE (risk ratio [RR]: 0.88; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.70–1.11 and index DVT (RR: 0.93; 95% CI: 0.75–1.16 (P for subgroup differences =0.76. VTE recurrence depending on PE anatomical extension and presence/absence of right ventricular dysfunction was only reported in two trials, with results being consistent with those obtained in the overall study populations. In the single trial comparing extended therapy of VTE with DOAC versus warfarin, the point estimate for recurrent VTE tended to disfavor the DOAC in patients with index PE (RR: 2.05; 95% CI: 0.83–5.03 and in patients with index DVT (RR: 1.11; 95% CI: 0.49–2.50 (P for subgroup differences =0.32. In trials that compared DOAC

  1. Pulmonary hypertension due to acute respiratory distress syndrome

    S.A. Ñamendys-Silva

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Our aims were to describe the prevalence of pulmonary hypertension in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS, to characterize their hemodynamic cardiopulmonary profiles, and to correlate these parameters with outcome. All consecutive patients over 16 years of age who were in the intensive care unit with a diagnosis of ARDS and an in situ pulmonary artery catheter for hemodynamic monitoring were studied. Pulmonary hypertension was diagnosed when the mean pulmonary artery pressure was >25 mmHg at rest with a pulmonary artery occlusion pressure or left atrial pressure <15 mmHg. During the study period, 30 of 402 critically ill patients (7.46% who were admitted to the ICU fulfilled the criteria for ARDS. Of the 30 patients with ARDS, 14 met the criteria for pulmonary hypertension, a prevalence of 46.6% (95% CI; 28-66%. The most common cause of ARDS was pneumonia (56.3%. The overall mortality was 36.6% and was similar in patients with and without pulmonary hypertension. Differences in patients' hemodynamic profiles were influenced by the presence of pulmonary hypertension. The levels of positive end-expiratory pressure and peak pressure were higher in patients with pulmonary hypertension, and the PaCO2 was higher in those who died. The level of airway pressure seemed to influence the onset of pulmonary hypertension. Survival was determined by the severity of organ failure at admission to the intensive care unit.

  2. Combined CT Angiography and CT Venography in Thromboembolic disease: clinical impact

    Combined CT Venography and Pulmonary Angiography was described in 1998 as a tool for diagnostic Thromboembolic Disease. The purpose is to relate our own experience with this technique in a population with suspected pulmonary embolism. 46 consecutive patients with suspected pulmonary embolism underwent combined CT Venography after Pulmonary CT Angiography to depict Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT). CT Venography where obtained with a 3 minutes delay from injection, without additional intravenous contrast, from upper abdomen to fibular head. A prospective study from emergency reports where used. The reports where aimed by nine different radiologist at diary emergency room (images where not retrospective review). We report if a pulmonary embolus or deep venous thrombus or another alternative diagnostic where done. An endo luminal thrombus in any pulmonary arteries was assessed as a positive study for PE. A Thrombus in the leg veins or in an abdominal vein without diminished size of vein was assessed as an acute DVT. In those patients with a CT negative to Thromboembolic Disease was the clinician who decide if more proves where needed. Those patients without evidence in CT of Thromboembolic Disease where asked for symptoms related to the episode in a 3 months period after initial CT. Patients free of symptoms for 3 months without anticoagulation therapy where considered true negative for CT. CT shows Thromboembolic Disease in 23 of 46 patients. 21PE, 14 DVT 2 of 14 patients with DVT don't show PE, CT excluded thromboembolic disease in 23 patients and in 15 of those patients an alternative diagnostic was shown. In 22 of those 23 patients CT excluded correctly Thromboembolic Disease. One patient result in a false negative CT, Pulmonary Angiography of that patient shows us a subsegmentary embolus. (Author) 9 refs

  3. CATCH: a randomised clinical trial comparing long-term tinzaparin versus warfarin for treatment of acute venous thromboembolism in cancer patients

    Low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) is recommended and commonly used for extended treatment of cancer-associated thrombosis (CAT), but its superiority over warfarin has been demonstrated in only one randomised study. We report here the rationale, design and a priori analysis plans of Comparison of Acute Treatments in Cancer Haemostasis (CATCH; NCT01130025), a multinational, Phase III, open-label, randomised controlled trial comparing tinzaparin with warfarin for extended treatment of CAT. The primary objective is to assess the efficacy of tinzaparin in preventing recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with active cancer and acute, symptomatic proximal deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism. The secondary objectives are to determine: safety of tinzaparin given over 6 months; clinical and laboratory markers for recurrent VTE and/or major bleeding; 6-month overall mortality; incidence and severity of post-thrombotic syndrome; patient-reported quality of life; and healthcare resource utilisation. Nine hundred patients are randomised to receive tinzaparin 175 IU/kg once daily for 6 months or initial tinzaparin 175 IU/kg once daily for 5–10 days and dose-adjusted warfarin (target INR 2.0–3.0) for 6 months. The primary composite outcome is time to recurrent VTE, including incidental VTE and fatal pulmonary embolism. All patients are followed up to 6 months or death, whichever comes sooner. Blinded adjudication will be performed for all reported VTE, bleeding events and causes of death. Efficacy will be analysed using centrally adjudicated results of all patients according to intention-to-treat analysis. An independent Data Safety Monitoring Board is reviewing data at regular intervals and an interim analysis is planned after 450 patients have completed the study. The results will add significantly to the knowledge of the efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness of tinzaparin in the prevention of recurrent VTE in patients with cancer and thrombosis

  4. Acute Pulmonary Response in Landscape Workers: Job Redesign

    Sexton, Pauline Lethea

    2003-01-01

    Substantial efforts have been made in the study of occupational induced airway diseases. A strong link has been found between worker exposure to organic dust and resulting acute pulmonary spasms. The supporting studies behind this link are primarily in the industries of cotton, animal and swine farming; however, some studies have been related to landscaping type tasks (i.e. mowing, leaf blowing). The relationship between organic dust and pulmonary response is associated with respiratory ir...

  5. Pulmonary thromboembolism in AIDS patient with chronic venous insufficiency, pulmonary tuberculosis and breast cancer: a case report and pathophysiology review Tromboembolismo pulmonar em uma paciente com AIDS com insuficiência venosa profunda, tuberculose pulmonar e câncer de mama: relato de um caso e revisão da fisiopatologia

    Juan José Cortez-Escalante; Cleudson Castro; Gustavo Adolfo Sierra Romero; Luiza Matos; Muhammad Wasif Saif

    2006-01-01

    Recent literature reports thrombotic episodes occurring in patients with HIV infection associated with other abnormalities including neoplasms and infections predisposing to a hypercoagulable state. We report a 47-year-old woman who developed pulmonary thromboembolism in association with HIV infection, pulmonary tuberculosis and breast cancer. She was treated with rifampin, isoniazid, pyrazinamide; heparin, phenprocoumon, zidovudine, lamivudine and efavirenz. Acid fast bacilli were visualized...

  6. Oral contraceptives and venous thromboembolism: a five-year national case-control study

    Lidegaard, Øjvind; Edström, Birgitte; Kreiner, Svend

    2002-01-01

    Venous thromboembolism; Oral contraceptives; Pulmonary embolism; Third-generation; Second-generation; Pill Scare......Venous thromboembolism; Oral contraceptives; Pulmonary embolism; Third-generation; Second-generation; Pill Scare...

  7. Diagnostic performance of state-of-the-art imaging techniques for morphological assessment of vascular abnormalities in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH)

    To determine the most comprehensive imaging technique for the assessment of pulmonary arteries in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). 24 patients with CTEPH were examined by ECG-gated multi-detector CT angiography (MD-CTA), contrast-enhanced MR angiography (ce-MRA) and selective digital subtraction angiography (DSA) within 3 days. Two readers in consensus separately evaluated each imaging technique (48 main, 144 lobar and 449 segmental arteries) for typical changes like complete obstructions, vessel cut-offs, intimal irregularities, incorporated thrombus formations, and bands and webs. A joint interpretation of all three techniques served as a reference standard. Based on image quality, there was no non-diagnostic examination by either imaging technique. DSA did not sufficiently display 1 main, 3 lobar and 4 segmental arteries. The pulmonary trunk was not assessable by DSA. One patient showed thrombotic material at this level only by MD-CTA and MRA. Sensitivity and specificity of MD-CTA regarding CTEPH-related changes at the main/lobar and at the segmental levels were 100%/100% and 100%/99%, of ce-MRA 83.1%/98.6% and 87.7%/98.1%, and of DSA 65.7%/100% and 75.8%/100%, respectively. ECG-gated MD-CTA proved the most adequate technique for assessment of the pulmonary arteries in the diagnostic work-up of CTEPH patients. (orig.)

  8. 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...

  9. Bacterial etiology in acute hospitalized chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations

    Asli Gorek Dilektasli; Ezgi Demirdogen Cetinoglu; Nilufer Aylin Acet Ozturk; Funda Coskun; Guven Ozkaya; Ahmet Ursavas; Cuneyt Ozakin; Mehmet Karadag; Esra Uzaslan

    2016-01-01

    Introduction. The most common cause of acute COPD exacerbation (AECOPD) is the respiratory tract infections. We sought to determine the bacteriological etiology of hospitalized acute exacerbations of COPD requiring hospitalization in consecutive two years. Methods. We aimed to determine the bacteriological etiology underlying in patients whom admitted to Uludag University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pulmonary Medicine and hospitalized with AECOPD in the last two years. Medical records ...

  10. Venous thromboembolism and subsequent hospitalisation due to acute arterial cardiovascular events: a 20-year cohort study

    Sørensen, Henrik Toft; Horvath-Puho, Erzsebet; Pedersen, Lars; Baron, John A; Prandoni, Paolo

    2007-01-01

    .85-2.60) for stroke in the first year after the thrombotic event. For patients with pulmonary embolism, the relative risks in that year were 2.60 (2.14-3.14) for myocardial infarction and 2.93 (2.34-3.66) for stroke. The relative risks were also raised, though less markedly, during the subsequent 20 years of...

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Pathophysiology of acute mountain sickness and high altitude pulmonary oedema

    Sutton, J R; Lassen, N

    1979-01-01

    We review the evidence that acute mountain sickness (AMS) and high altitude pulmonary oedema (HAPO) occur together more often than is realized. We hypothesize that AMS and HAPO have a common pathophysiological basis: both are due to increased pressure and flow in the microcirculation, causing...

  14. New anticoagulants for the treatment of venous thromboembolism

    Caio Julio Cesar dos Santos Fernandes

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Worldwide, venous thromboembolism (VTE is among the leading causes of death from cardiovascular disease, surpassed only by acute myocardial infarction and stroke. The spectrum of VTE presentations ranges, by degree of severity, from deep vein thrombosis to acute pulmonary thromboembolism. Treatment is based on full anticoagulation of the patients. For many decades, it has been known that anticoagulation directly affects the mortality associated with VTE. Until the beginning of this century, anticoagulant therapy was based on the use of unfractionated or low-molecular-weight heparin and vitamin K antagonists, warfarin in particular. Over the past decades, new classes of anticoagulants have been developed, such as factor Xa inhibitors and direct thrombin inhibitors, which significantly changed the therapeutic arsenal against VTE, due to their efficacy and safety when compared with the conventional treatment. The focus of this review was on evaluating the role of these new anticoagulants in this clinical context.

  15. 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.

  16. Dual-energy CT angiography of chronic thromboembolic disease: Can it help recognize links between the severity of pulmonary arterial obstruction and perfusion defects?

    Purpose: To evaluate whether dual-energy CT angiography (DE-CTA) could identify links between morphologic and functional abnormalities in chronic pulmonary thromboembolism (CPTE). Materials and methods: Seventeen consecutive patients with CPTE without underlying cardio-respiratory disease were investigated with DE-CTA. Two series of images were generated: (a) transverse diagnostic scans (i.e., contiguous 1-mm thick averaged images from both tubes), and (b) perfusion scans (i.e., images of the iodine content within the microcirculation; 4-mm thick MIPs). Two radiologists evaluated by consensus the presence of: (a) pulmonary vascular features of CPTE and abnormally dilated systemic arteries on diagnostic CT scans, and (b) perfusion defects of embolic type on perfusion scans. Results: Diagnostic examinations showed a total of 166 pulmonary arteries (166/833; 19.9%) with features of CPTE, more frequent at the level of peripheral than central arteries (8.94 vs 0.82; p < 0.0001), including severe stenosis with partial (97/166; 58.4%) or complete (20/166; 12.0%) obstruction, webs and bands (37/166; 22.3%), partial filling defects without stenosis (7/166; 4.2%), focal stenosis (4/166; 2.4%) and abrupt vessel narrowing (1/166; 0.6%). Perfusion examinations showed 39 perfusion defects in 8 patients (median number: 4.9; range: 1-11). The most severe pulmonary arterial features of CPTE were seen with a significantly higher frequency in segments with perfusion defects than in segments with normal perfusion (p < 0.0001). Enlarged systemic arteries were observed with a significantly higher frequency ipsilateral to lungs with perfusion defects (9/12; 75%) compared with lungs without perfusion defects (5/22; 22.7%) (p = 0.004). Conclusion: Dual-energy CTA demonstrates links between the severity of pulmonary arterial obstruction and perfusion impairment, influenced by the degree of development of the systemic collateral supply.

  17. 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.)

  18. 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.

  19. Acute pulmonary oedema on the Ruwenzori mountain range.

    Naeije, R; Mélot, C.

    1990-01-01

    A 40 year old man had an episode of severe pulmonary oedema at 4000-5000 m during the ascent of the Margherita peak (5109 m) of Mount Stanley on the Ruwenzori. He had taken acetazolamide and high dose dexamethasone to treat symptoms of acute mountain sickness. Six years before he had been studied by right heart catheterisation as a healthy volunteer during hypoxic breathing at sea level. His pulmonary vascular reactivity had been within the normal range for 32 healthy subjects. This man had h...

  20. 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.)

  1. 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)

  2. Familial risk of venous thromboembolism: a nationwide cohort study

    Sørensen, H T; Riis, A H; Diaz, L J;

    2011-01-01

    Background: Venous thromboembolism has genetic determinants, but population-based data on familial risks are limited. Objectives: To examine the familial risk of venous thromboembolism. Methods: We undertook a nationwide study of a cohort of patients with deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary...... expected number of venous thromboembolism cases among siblings, using population-specific, gender-specific and age-specific incidence rates. Results: We identified 30 179 siblings of 19 599 cases of venous thromboembolism. The incidence among siblings was 2.2 cases per 1000 person-years, representing a...... with pulmonary embolism. Conclusion: Venous thromboembolism has a strong familial component....

  3. Acute pulmonary alveolar proteinosis due to exposure to cotton dust

    Thind Gurcharan

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Secondary pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP is rare but may occur in association with malignancy, certain infections, and exposure to inorganic or organic dust and some toxic fumes. This case report describes the second recorded case of PAP due to exposure to cotton dust. A 24-year-old man developed PAP after working as a spinner for eight years without respiratory protection. He was admitted as an emergency patient with very severe dyspnea for four months and cough for several years. Chest X-ray showed bilateral diffuse alveolar consolidation. He died 16 days later, and a diagnosis of acute pulmonary alveolar proteinosis was made at autopsy. The histopathology demonstrated alveoli and respiratory bronchioles filled with characteristic periodic acid Schiff-positive material, which also revealed birefringent bodies of cotton dust under polarized light. Secondary PAP can be fatal and present with acute respiratory failure. The occupational history and characteristic pathology can alert clinicians to the diagnosis.

  4. Oxygen therapy in acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Wedzicha, Wisia

    2014-01-01

    Simon E Brill, Jadwiga A Wedzicha Airway Disease Section, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, UK Abstract: Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are important events in the history of this debilitating lung condition. Associated health care utilization and morbidity are high, and many patients require supplemental oxygen or ventilatory support. The last 2 decades have seen a substantial increase in our understanding of the best way to ma...

  5. 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...

  6. 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

  7. Acute pulmonary admissions following implementation of a national workplace smoking ban.

    Kent, Brian D

    2012-09-01

    The implementation of workplace smoking bans has contributed to a significant reduction in the incidence of acute coronary syndrome admissions, but their influence on adult acute pulmonary disease admissions is unclear. We sought to assess the impact of a national smoking ban on nationwide admissions of individuals of working age with acute pulmonary illness.

  8. [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

  9. Sarcoma intimal de artéria pulmonar: um diagnóstico diferencial do tromboembolismo pulmonar crônico Intimal sarcoma of the pulmonary artery: a differential diagnosis of chronic pulmonary thromboembolism

    Ana Paula Alves Valle Dornas

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available O sarcoma intimal de artéria pulmonar é um tumor raro e potencialmente letal, de diagnóstico difícil e, muitas vezes, tardio. Os sinais e sintomas clínicos são inespecíficos, simulando com frequência o tromboembolismo pulmonar crônico (TEPC. Apresentamos o caso de um homem de 45 anos em tratamento de TEPC associado com hipertensão arterial pulmonar e cor pulmonale crônico, sem resposta ao uso de anticoagulantes e sildenafil. Ressaltamos as dificuldades para o diagnóstico do sarcoma intimal de artéria pulmonar, a necessidade de se pesquisar essa neoplasia no diagnóstico diferencial do TEPC e a utilização sistemática de critérios para a adequada indicação dos novos medicamentos para a hipertensão arterial pulmonar.Intimal sarcoma of the pulmonary artery is a rare and potentially lethal tumor, the diagnosis of which is difficult and therefore frequently delayed. The clinical signs and symptoms are nonspecific, often mimicking chronic pulmonary thromboembolism (CPTE. We report the case of a 45-year-old male under treatment for CPTE associated with pulmonary arterial hypertension and chronic cor pulmonale. There was no response to treatment with anticoagulants and sildenafil. We emphasize the difficulties in diagnosing intimal sarcoma of the pulmonary artery, the need to investigate this neoplasm in the differential diagnosis of CPTE and the systematic use of criteria for the appropriate prescription of new medications for pulmonary artery hypertension.

  10. 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....

  11. 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.)

  12. Echocardiographic changes during acute pulmonary edema subsequent to scorpion sting

    K Delma

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Acute pulmonary edema (APE occurring after scorpion sting is the leading cause of death of the victims of scorpion envenomation. The APE origin is still questioned by physicians treating these patients. Based on echocardiographic study of 20 patients with severe envenomation treated in Ouargla Hospital resuscitation ward during the last four years, the APE etiology seems more likely cardiogenic, referring to cardiac symptoms confirmed by echocardiography although other mechanisms may also be involved. This hypothesis is further confirmed by the positive response of patients to the administration of dobutamine.

  13. Effectiveness and Safety of the Tempofilter II to Prevent the Occurrence of Pulmonary Thromboembolism in Patients with Lower Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis

    Baek, Byung Hyun; Jung, Min Young; Oh, Hyun Jun; Kim, Jae Kyu; Lee, Ho Kyun [Chonnam National University College of Medicine, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Nam Kyu [Chonnam National University Hospital, Hwasun (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-04-15

    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of the Tempofilter II for the prevention of a pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) in patients with lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Between January 2007 and December 2008, thirteen patients with lower extremity DVT whom were implanted with the Tempofilter II to prevent PTE were analyzed. A chest CT was compared before and after filter placement, to evaluate effectiveness of preventing PTE. Clinical symptoms of PTE were checked. Fluoroscopy and a plain radiograph were examined to evaluate filter status. The tempofilter II was successfully inserted in 13 patients. Nine patients underwent endovascular treatment after filter insertion. Trapping of thrombus was evaluated by following CT, venography, and filter retrieval. Trapped thrombus was detected in four patients by CT or retrieved filter. Two patients showed a decrease in thrombus in a follow-up chest CT. Not all patients showed symptoms of PTE. One filter was surgically removed due to the detachment of the anchoring device. The placement and retrieval of the Tempofilter II is feasible and effective for the prophylaxis of PTE in patients with lower extremity DVT; especially for patients that underwent subsequent endovascular treatment

  14. The role of matrix metalloproteinase in the intimal sarcoma-like cells derived from endarterectomized tissues from a chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension patient.

    Takayuki Jujo

    Full Text Available Sarcoma-like cells (SCLs were derived from endarterectomized tissue of a single chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH patient during incubation of those thrombi at second passage as described at our previous report. These cells had malignant potential, with an increased expression of matrix metalloproteinase-14 (MMP-14, leading to tumor emboli within pulmonary arteries in in vivo studies. The purpose of this study was to perform a more detailed evaluation of the characteristics of SCLs, and to elucidate the role of the increased expression of MMP-14 expression in the growth and death of these cells. In order to elucidate the characteristics of SCLs and to confirm the protein expression of MMP-14, three-dimentional culture, invasion assays, a Western blot analysis and immunohistochemical studies were performed. To examine the role of MMP-14 in tumorigenesis, the metalloproteinase inhibitor, batimastat, was administered to SCID mice which were subcutaneously injected with SCLs. Those mice were sacrificed on day 14 and the tumor volume was evaluated. A Western blot analysis showed the increased expression of MMP-14 in comparison to the expression in lung adenocarcinoma cells (A549. Immunohistochemistry showed that SCLs were positive for vimentin, MMP-14, MMP-2 and CD44. However, endothelial markers, such as CD31 and von Willebrand factor (vWF, were negative. The in vivo studies demonstrated that batimastat could suppress the growth of the subcutaneous tumors formed by the SCLs. This study suggested that MMPs had critical roles on the pathological activities of SCLs and that batimastat might have anti-proliferative and anti-invasive effects on these cells.

  15. [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

  16. Medical image of the week: acute amiodarone pulmonary toxicity

    Mazursky K

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated after 150 words. A 71 year old man with a medical history significant for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary artery disease with post-operative status coronary artery bypass grafting, heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (25% and atrial fibrillation/flutter underwent an elective ablation of the tachyarrhythmia at another facility and was prescribed amiodarone post procedure. He started complaining of cough and dyspnea one day post procedure and was empirically treated with 2 weeks of broad spectrum antibiotics. He subsequently was transferred to our facility due to worsening symptoms. He also complained of nausea, anorexia with resultant weight loss since starting amiodarone, which was stopped 5 days prior to transfer. Infectious work up was negative. On arrival to our facility, he was diagnosed with small sub-segmental pulmonary emboli, pulmonary edema and possible acute amiodarone toxicity. His was profoundly hypoxic requiring high flow nasal cannula or 100% non-rebreather mask at all times. His symptoms persisted despite ...

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Venous thromboembolism in cancer patients: risk assessment, prevention and management.

    Tukaye, Deepali N; Brink, Heidi; Baliga, Ragavendra

    2016-03-01

    Thrombosis and thromboembolic events contribute to significant morbidity in cancer patients. Venous thrombosis embolism (which includes deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism) accounts for a large percentage of thromboembolic events. Appropriate identification of cancer patients at high risk for venous thromboembolism and management of thromboembolic event is crucial in improving the quality of care for cancer patients. However, thromboembolism in cancer patients is a complex problem and the management has to be tailored to each individual. The focus of this review is to understand the complex pathology, physiology and risk factors that drive the process of venous thrombosis and embolism in cancer patients and the current guidelines in management. PMID:26919091

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Treatment with Huisheng oral solution inhibits the development of pulmonary thromboembolism and metastasis in mice with Lewis lung carcinoma

    Wang, Wei; Wang, Hong; Wang, Chun-Mei; GOU, SI; Chen, Zhong-Hua; GUO, JIE

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate whether Huisheng oral solution (HSOS) has an inhibitory effect on the development of pulmonary thrombosis and metastasis in mice with Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC), and to explore the possible mechanisms involved. A mouse model of LLC was developed, and model mice were divided into either a treatment group or a control group to undergo treatment with HSOS or normal saline. Normal mice treated with saline were used as normal controls. On day 25 after treat...

  4. Venous thromboembolism: The intricacies

    Dutta T

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Venous thromboembolism (VTE has been a subject of great interest of late. Since Rudolph Virchow described the famous Virchow′s triad in 1856, there have been rapid strides in the understanding of the pathogenesis and factors responsible for it. Discovery of various thrombophilic factors, both primary and acquired, in the last 40 years has revolutionized prognostication and management of this potentially life-threatening condition due to its associated complication of pulmonary thromboembolism. Detailed genetic mapping and linkage analyses have been underlining the fact that VTE is a multifactorial disorder and a complex one. There are many gene-gene and gene-environment interactions that alter and magnify the clinical picture in this disorder. Point in case is pregnancy, where the risk of VTE is 100-150 times increased in the presence of Factor V Leiden, prothrombin mutation (Prothrombin 20210A and antithrombin deficiency. Risk of VTE associated with long-haul air flight has now been well recognized. Thrombotic events associated with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS are 70% venous and 30% arterial. Deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are the most common venous events, though unusual cases of catastrophes due to central vein thrombosis like renal vein thrombosis and Budd-Chiari syndrome (catastrophic APS may occur.

  5. Comparison of low-molecular-weight-heparin and unfractionated heparin for acute PTE*

    Chen, Li-Ying; Ying, Ke-Jing; Hong, Wu-jun; Zhou, Pan

    2005-01-01

    Objective: Acute pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) is a serious high mortality pulmonary vascular disease whose effective treatment decreases morbidity and mortality. To determine if low-molecular-weight-heparin (LMWH) is clinically as efficient and safe as unfractionated heparin (UH) in patients with diagnosis of acute non-massive PTE, our study compares the efficacy, adverse effects and costs of LMWH and UH. Methods: One hundred and fourteen patients with non-massive acute PTE were randomly d...

  6. Low-molecular-weight heparins in the treatment of venous thromboembolism

    Huisman Menno V

    2000-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Venous thromboembolism is a common disease that is associated with considerable morbidity if left untreated. Recently, low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs have been evaluated for use in acute treatment of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Randomized studies have shown that LMWHs are as effective as unfractionated heparin in the prevention of recurrent venous thromboembolism, and are as safe with respect to the occurrence of major bleeding. A pooled analysis did not show substantial differences among different LMWH compounds used, but no direct comparison of the different LMWHs is currently available. Finally, in patients with pulmonary embolism, there is a relative lack of large studies of daily practice. It could be argued that large prospective studies, in patients who were treated with LMWHs from the moment of diagnosis, are needed.

  7. Low-molecular-weight heparins in the treatment of venous thromboembolism

    Ageno , Walter; Huisman, Menno V

    2000-01-01

    Venous thromboembolism is a common disease that is associated with considerable morbidity if left untreated. Recently, low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs) have been evaluated for use in acute treatment of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Randomized studies have shown that LMWHs are as effective as unfractionated heparin in the prevention of recurrent venous thromboembolism, and are as safe with respect to the occurrence of major bleeding. A pooled analysis did not show substantial differences among different LMWH compounds used, but no direct comparison of the different LMWHs is currently available. Finally, in patients with pulmonary embolism, there is a relative lack of large studies of daily practice. It could be argued that large prospective studies, in patients who were treated with LMWHs from the moment of diagnosis, are needed. PMID:11714421

  8. Intermediate risky pulmonary thromboembolism: diagnostic criteria and clinical significance%中危肺血栓栓塞症的诊断依据与临床意义

    王辰; 翟振国

    2013-01-01

    The definition, diagnostic criteria and clinical significance of intermediate risk pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) are very important for clinical practise. Thrombolysis may be considered for patients with intermediate risky PTE judged to have clinical evidence of adverse prognosis ( hemodynaniic instability, worsening resp. Insufficiency, severe RV dysfunction,or major myocardial necrosis) and low risk of bleeding complications. Thrombolysis is not recommended for patients with intermediate risky PE with only mild right heart dysfunction and low risk PTE. Large scare randomized clinical trial (RCT) is awaited for the evaluation of prognosis and risk stratification for submassive PTE.%中危肺血栓栓塞症(PTE)概念的界定、诊断标准以及潜在临床意义在临床实践中至关重要.对选择性的中危PTE患者,尤其是对于伴有临床不良预后表现,即新出现的血流动力学不稳定、呼吸困难加重、严重的右心功能不良抑或是大面积心肌损害合并较低出血风险的患者进行溶栓治疗;而对于低危PTE或是中危PTE患者伴有轻度右心功能不良,或没有临床症状加重的患者不推荐溶栓治疗.但如何评价中危PTE患者预后,以及如何对中危患者进行分层,则仍需要大样本随机对照研究(RCT)研究.

  9. Rosette nanotubes show low acute pulmonary toxicity in vivo

    W Shane Journeay

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available W Shane Journeay1, Sarabjeet S Suri1, Jesus G Moralez2, Hicham Fenniri2, Baljit Singh11Immunology Research Group, Toxicology Graduate Program and Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 52 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5B4, Canada; 2National Institute of Nanotechnology, National Research Council (NINT-NRC and Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, 11421 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2M9, CanadaAbstract: Nanotubes are being developed for a large variety of applications ranging from electronics to drug delivery. Common carbon nanotubes such as single-walled and multi-walled carbon nanotubes have been studied in the greatest detail but require solubilization and removal of catalytic contaminants such as metals prior to being introduced to biological systems for medical application. The present in vivo study characterizes the degree and nature of inflammation caused by a novel class of self-assembling rosette nanotubes, which are biologically inspired, naturally water-soluble and free of metal content upon synthesis. Upon pulmonary administration of this material we examined responses at 24 h and 7d post-exposure. An acute inflammatory response is triggered at 50 and 25 μg doses by 24 h post-exposure but an inflammatory response is not triggered by a 5 μg dose. Lung inflammation observed at a 50 μg dose at 24 h was resolving by 7d. This work suggests that novel nanostructures with biological design may negate toxicity concerns for biomedical applications of nanotubes. This study also demonstrates that water-soluble rosette nanotube structures represent low pulmonary toxicity, likely due to their biologically inspired design, and their self-assembled architecture.Keywords: nanotoxicology, biocompatibility, nanomedicine, pulmonary drug delivery, lung inflammation

  10. Oxygen therapy in acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Brill SE

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Simon E Brill, Jadwiga A Wedzicha Airway Disease Section, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, UK Abstract: Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD are important events in the history of this debilitating lung condition. Associated health care utilization and morbidity are high, and many patients require supplemental oxygen or ventilatory support. The last 2 decades have seen a substantial increase in our understanding of the best way to manage the respiratory failure suffered by many patients during this high-risk period. This review article examines the evidence underlying supplemental oxygen therapy during exacerbations of COPD. We first discuss the epidemiology and pathophysiology of respiratory failure in COPD during exacerbations. The rationale and evidence underlying oxygen therapy, including the risks when administered inappropriately, are then discussed, along with further strategies for ventilatory support. We also review current recommendations for best practice, including methods for improving oxygen provision in the future. Keywords: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, exacerbation, oxygen therapy, respiratory failure, hypercapnia