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  1. Pulmonary Embolism.

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    Rali, Parth; Gandhi, Viral; Malik, Khalid

    2016-01-01

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

  2. Assessing the clinical probability of pulmonary embolism

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

    2001-12-01

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

  3. Assessing the clinical probability of pulmonary embolism

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

  4. Pulmonary embolism

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

  5. [Pulmonary embolism].

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    Söffker, Gerold; Kluge, Stefan

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

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

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    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.)

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

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

  9. Diagnosing pulmonary embolism

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    Khosla Rahul

    2006-01-01

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

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

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

  11. Thrombolytic therapy in pulmonary embolism.

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    Nagi, D

    2010-01-01

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

  12. METABOLIC DISORDERS AND PULMONARY EMBOLISM

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    O. Ya. Vasiltseva

    2015-12-01

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

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

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

    1999-12-01

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

  14. PULMONARY EMBOLISM: DIAGNOSIS BY FOUNDATIONS

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    Грабовський, Ю. В.

    2015-01-01

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

  15. Pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis

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    Goldhaber, Samuel Z.; Bounameaux, Henri

    2012-01-01

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

  16. Pulmonary embolism in adolescents

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

    2012-01-01

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

  17. [Pulmonary circulation in embolic pulmonary edema].

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

    1989-02-01

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

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

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    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.)

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

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    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.)

  20. Digital angiography in pulmonary embolism

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

  1. Acute pulmonary embolism following air travel

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    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.

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

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    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.)

  3. Foreign body pulmonary embolism.

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

    2013-06-01

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

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

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

  5. Acute pulmonary embolism: the clinical conundrum

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    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. Clinical update on pulmonary embolism

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    Duru, Serap; Keleşoğlu, Arif; Ardıç, Sadık

    2013-01-01

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

  7. Patient management of pulmonary embolism

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

  8. Pulmonary embolism, part II: Management

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    Bĕlohlávek, Jan; Dytrych, Vladimír; Linhart, Aleš

    2013-01-01

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

  9. Pulmonary embolism after cardiac catheterization

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

  10. Therapeutic embolization in pulmonary hemorrhage

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

  11. The diagnostic management of suspected pulmonary embolism

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    Nijkeuter, Mathilde

    2007-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2009-11-01

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

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

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

    1999-01-01

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

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

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

    2011-09-15

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

  16. Pulmonary Artery Cement Embolism after a Vertebroplasty

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    Anas Nooh

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

  19. Acute pulmonary embolism in helical computed tomography

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    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)

  20. Pulmonary Embolism with Vertebral Augmentation Procedures

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

  1. Neural Hypernetwork Approach for Pulmonary Embolism diagnosis

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

    2014-01-01

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

  2. Pulmonary embolism in cancer patients

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    S P Sawant

    2012-01-01

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

  3. Screening for pulmonary embolism with a D-dimer assay: do we still need to assess clinical probability as well?

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    Hammond, Christopher J; Hassan, Tajek B.

    2005-01-01

    Clinical risk stratification and D-dimer assay can be of use in excluding pulmonary embolism in patients presenting to emergency departments but many D-dimer assays exist and their accuracy varies. We used clinical risk stratification combined with a quantitative latex-agglutination D-dimer assay to screen patients before arranging further imaging if required. Retrospective analysis of a sequential series of 376 patients revealed that no patient with a D-dimer of

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

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

    2003-11-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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    Nargiz Muganlinskaya

    2015-12-01

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

  8. Cardiac arrest caused by multiple recurrent pulmonary embolism

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

    2011-01-01

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

  9. Pulmonary embolism: importance of modern radiology

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

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

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

    2013-09-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1998-01-01

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

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

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

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

  15. Lung cancer mimicking massive pulmonary embolism

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    Kaier, Thomas Edward; Madani, Yasser

    2012-01-01

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

  16. Neural Hypernetwork Approach for Pulmonary Embolism diagnosis

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

    2014-01-01

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

  17. SPECT/CT and pulmonary embolism

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    Mortensen, Jann; Gutte, Henrik

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

  20. Radionuclide venography of the lower limbs in pulmonary embolism

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

  1. Pulmonary embolism and cor pulmonale in a cat

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

  2. Differentiation of pulmonary embolism from high altitude pulmonary edema

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

  3. Comparative imaging study in experimental acute pulmonary embolism

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    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

  4. Pulmonary embolism: are we there yet?

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

  5. How Is Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosed?

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

  6. Lung ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy in pulmonary embolism

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

  7. Using Topological Data Analysis for diagnosis pulmonary embolism

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

    2014-01-01

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

  8. SPECT/CT and pulmonary embolism

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    Mortensen, Jann; Borgwardt, Henrik Gutte

    2014-01-01

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

  9. Episode of massive pulmonary embolism after bilateral breast augmentation

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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    Yue, Kuitao

    2015-01-01

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

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

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    Ostwani, Wesam; Arabi, Mohammad

    2011-01-01

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

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

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    Nishant Sinha

    2015-01-01

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

  14. Pulmonary embolism. A case report

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    Pedro J. Barrios Fuentes

    2010-12-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  18. Severity assessment of pulmonary embolism using dual energy CT - correlation of a pulmonary perfusion defect score with clinical and morphological parameters of blood oxygenation and right ventricular failure

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    Thieme, Sven F. [Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Department of Clinical Radiology, Muenchen (Germany); Institut fuer Klinische Radiologie der LMU Muenchen, Muenchen (Germany); Ashoori, Nima; Bamberg, Fabian; Sommer, Wieland H.; Johnson, Thorsten R.C.; Maxien, Daniel; Helck, Andreas D.; Reiser, Maximilian F.; Nikolaou, Konstantin [Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Department of Clinical Radiology, Muenchen (Germany); Leuchte, Hanno; Becker, Alexander [Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Department of Medicine I, Muenchen (Germany); Behr, Juergen [Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Department of Medicine I, Muenchen (Germany); Berufsgenossenschaftliches Universitaetsklinikum Bergmannsheil GmbH Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, Department of Medicine III, Bochum (Germany)

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    To correlate a Dual Energy (DE)-based visual perfusion defect scoring system with established CT-based and clinical parameters of pulmonary embolism (PE) severity. In 63 PE patients, DE perfusion maps were visually scored for perfusion defects (P-score). Vascular obstruction was quantified using the Mastora score. Both scores were correlated with short-axis diameters of the right and left ventricle, their ratio (RV/LV ratio), width of the pulmonary trunk, a number of clinical parameters and each other. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed. Times to generate both scores were recorded. After univariate and multivariate analysis, a significant (p < 0.05) correlation with the P-score was shown for the Mastora score (r = 0.65), RV/LV ratio (r = 0.47), width of the pulmonary trunk (r = 0.26), troponin I (r = 0.43) and PaO{sub 2} (r = -0.50). For the left ventricular diameter, only univariate analysis showed a significant correlation. Mastora score correlated significantly with RV/LV ratio (r = 0.36), width of the pulmonary trunk (r = 0.27), PaO{sub 2} (r = -0.41) and troponin I (r = 0.37). Mean time for generating the P-score was significantly shorter than for the Mastora score. A DE-based P-score correlates with a number of parameters of PE severity. It might be easier and faster to perform than some traditional CT scoring methods for vascular obstruction. (orig.)

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

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  1. Diagnosing pulmonary embolism using artificial neural networks

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

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

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

  3. Pulmonary tumor embolism syndrome from occult colonic adenocarcinoma

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

    2013-01-01

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

  4. SPECT/CT and pulmonary embolism

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

    2014-05-15

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

  5. Isolated Pulmonary Embolism following Shoulder Arthroscopy

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    Nicole H. Goldhaber

    2014-01-01

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

  6. SPECT/CT and pulmonary embolism.

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    Mortensen, Jann; Gutte, Henrik

    2014-05-01

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

  7. Computed tomography for pulmonary embolism - Assessment of a 1-year cohort and estimated cancer risk associated with diagnostic irradiation

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    Niemann, T. [Dept. of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Univ. Hospital, Basel (Switzerland); Dept. of Thoracic Imaging, Univ. Lille Nord de France, Hospital Calmette, Lille (France)], e-mail: tilo.niemann@usb.ch; Zbinden, I.; Bremerich, J.; Bongartz, G. [Dept. of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Univ. Hospital, Basel (Switzerland); Roser, H. W. [Dept. of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Univ. Hospital, Radiological Physics, Basel (Switzerland); Remy-Jardin, M. [Dept. of Thoracic Imaging, Univ. Lille Nord de France, Hospital Calmette, Lille (France)

    2013-09-15

    Background: The principal concern of any radiation exposure in computed tomography (CT) is the induction of stochastic risks of developing a radiation-induced cancer. The results given in this manuscript will allow to (re-)calculate yield of chest CT. Purpose: To demonstrate a method to evaluate the lifetime attributable risk (LAR) of cancer incidence/mortality due to a single diagnostic investigation in a 1-year cohort of consecutive chest CT for suspected pulmonary embolism (PE). Material and Methods: A 1-year cohort of consecutive chest CT for suspected PE using a standard scan protocol was analyzed retrospectively (691 patients, 352 men, 339 women). Normalized patient-specific estimations of the radiation doses received by individual organs were correlated with age- and sex-specific mean predicted cancer incidence and age- and sex-specific predicted cancer mortality based on the BEIR VII results. Additional correlation was provided for natural occurring risks. Results: LAR of cancer incidence/mortality following one chest CT was calculated for cancer of the stomach, colon, liver, lung, breast, uterus, ovaries, bladder, thyroid, and for leukemia. LAR remains very low for all age and sex categories, being highest for cancer of the lungs and breasts in 20-year-old women (0.61% and 0.4%, respectively). Summation of all cancer sites analyzed raised the cumulative relative LAR up to 2.76% in 20-year-old women. Conclusion: Using the method presented in this work, LAR of cancer incidence and cancer mortality for a single chest CT for PE seems very low for all age groups and both sexes, but being highest for young patients. Hence the risk for radiation-induced organ cancers must be outweighed with the potential benefit or a treatment and the potential risks of a missed and therefore untreated PE.

  8. Computed tomography for pulmonary embolism - Assessment of a 1-year cohort and estimated cancer risk associated with diagnostic irradiation

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    Background: The principal concern of any radiation exposure in computed tomography (CT) is the induction of stochastic risks of developing a radiation-induced cancer. The results given in this manuscript will allow to (re-)calculate yield of chest CT. Purpose: To demonstrate a method to evaluate the lifetime attributable risk (LAR) of cancer incidence/mortality due to a single diagnostic investigation in a 1-year cohort of consecutive chest CT for suspected pulmonary embolism (PE). Material and Methods: A 1-year cohort of consecutive chest CT for suspected PE using a standard scan protocol was analyzed retrospectively (691 patients, 352 men, 339 women). Normalized patient-specific estimations of the radiation doses received by individual organs were correlated with age- and sex-specific mean predicted cancer incidence and age- and sex-specific predicted cancer mortality based on the BEIR VII results. Additional correlation was provided for natural occurring risks. Results: LAR of cancer incidence/mortality following one chest CT was calculated for cancer of the stomach, colon, liver, lung, breast, uterus, ovaries, bladder, thyroid, and for leukemia. LAR remains very low for all age and sex categories, being highest for cancer of the lungs and breasts in 20-year-old women (0.61% and 0.4%, respectively). Summation of all cancer sites analyzed raised the cumulative relative LAR up to 2.76% in 20-year-old women. Conclusion: Using the method presented in this work, LAR of cancer incidence and cancer mortality for a single chest CT for PE seems very low for all age groups and both sexes, but being highest for young patients. Hence the risk for radiation-induced organ cancers must be outweighed with the potential benefit or a treatment and the potential risks of a missed and therefore untreated PE

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

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    2012-11-01

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

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

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

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

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

  12. Follow-up of pulmonary perfusion recovery after embolism

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

  13. Fibrinolysis for patients with intermediate-risk pulmonary embolism

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  16. Negative spiral CT in acute pulmonary embolism

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    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

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

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

  18. The role of lung imaging in pulmonary embolism

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    Mishkin, Fred S.; Johnson, Philip M.

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

  19. Multiple myeloma with pulmonary embolism: a case report

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

    2006-01-01

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

  20. Feasibility of Detecting Pulmonary Embolism Using Noncontrast MRI

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

  1. Combination of clinical and v/q scan assessment for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism: a 2-year outcome prospective study

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    Barghouth, G.; Boubaker, A.; Delaloye, A.B. [Univ. Hospital, Lausanne (Switzerland). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine; Yersin, B. [Dept. of Internal Medicine, Univ. Hospital, Lausanne (Switzerland); Doenz, F.; Schnyder, P. [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne (Switzerland). Dept. of Radiology

    2000-09-01

    With the aim of evaluating the efficiency of our diagnositc approach in patients with suspected acute pulmonary embolism (PE), we prospectively studied 143 patients investigated by means of a ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) lung scan. A pre-test clinical probability of PE (P{sub clin}) was assigned to all patients by the clinicians and scans were interpreted blinded to clinical assessment. A 2-year follow-up of our patients was systematically performed and possible in 134 cases. Distribution of clinical probabilities was high P{sub clin} in 22.5%, intermediate P{sub clin} in 24% and low P{sub clin} in 53.5%, whereas the distribution of scan categories was high P{sub scan} in 14%, intermediate P{sub scan} in 18%, low P{sub scan} in 57% and normal P{sub scan} in 11%. The final prevalence of PE was 24.5%. High P{sub scan} and normal P{sub scan} were always conclusive (19 and 15 cases respectively). Low P{sub scan} associated with low P{sub clin} could exclude PE in 43/45 cases (96%). Noe of the patients in whom the diagnosis of PE was discarded had a major event related to PE during the 2-year follow-up. Overall, the combined assessment of clinical and scintigraphic probabilities allowed confirmation or exclusion of PE in 80% of subjects (107/134) and proved to be a valuable tool for selecting patients who needed pulmonary angiography, which was required in 20% of our patients (27/134). (orig.)

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

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    2012-02-01

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

  3. Single-perfusion defect and pulmonary embolism

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

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

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

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

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

    2001-01-01

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

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

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    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)

  7. Edoxaban Exposure-Response Analysis and Clinical Utility Index Assessment in Patients With Symptomatic Deep-Vein Thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism.

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    Nyberg, J; Karlsson, K E; Jönsson, S; Yin, Oqp; Miller, R; Karlsson, M O; Simonsson, Ush

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    Edoxaban exposure-response relationships from the phase III study evaluating edoxaban for prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and/or pulmonary embolism (PE) were assessed by parametric time-to-event analysis. Statistical significant exposure-response relationships were recurrent VTE with hazard ratio (HR) based on average edoxaban concentration at steady state (Cav) (HRCav) = 0.98 (i.e., change in the HR with every 1 ng/mL increase of Cav); the composite of recurrent DVT and nonfatal PE with HRCav = 0.99; and the composite of recurrent DVT, nonfatal PE, and all-cause mortality HRCav = 0.98, and all death using maximal edoxaban concentration (Cmax) with HR (Cmax) = 0.99. No statistical significant exposure-response relationships were found for clinically relevant bleeding or major adverse cardiovascular event. Results support the recommendation of once-daily edoxaban 60 mg, and a reduced 30 mg dose in patients with moderate renal impairment, body weight ≤60 kg, or use of P-glycoprotein inhibitors verapamil or quinidine. PMID:27299709

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

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

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

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    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)

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    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

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

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    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

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

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

  12. Spiral CT in the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism

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

    2002-07-01

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

  13. Spiral CT in the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism

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

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

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    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...

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  16. Pulmonary embolism following celiac plexus block and neurolysis

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    Raizada, Miles S.; Kelly, Seth M.

    2016-01-01

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

  17. Acute pulmonary embolism%急性肺栓塞

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    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.

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

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    Mangion, D. M.

    1989-01-01

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

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

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    Andersen, Poul Erik; Kjeldsen, Anette D

    2005-01-01

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

  20. Retrospective Clinical Analysis of 38 Cases of Pulmonary Embolism

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

    2007-01-01

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

  1. Pulmonary imaging in fat embolism syndrome.

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

    1986-07-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  5. Ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy in suspected pulmonary embolism

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

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

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

  7. Pulmonary embolism and stroke associated with mechanical thrombectomy

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    Paulo Bastianetto

    2014-04-01

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

  8. Oral rivaroxaban for the treatment of symptomatic pulmonary embolism

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

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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    McCabe, A

    2013-06-01

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

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  17. Reporting of ventilation perfusion images for pulmonary embolism

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

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

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

    2015-02-15

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

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

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

  20. Serial follow up V/P scanning in assessment of treatment response in high probability scans for pulmonary embolism

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    138 patients proved with V/P scan to have different probabilities of pulmonary emboli event. Serial follow up scanning after 3 days, 2 weeks, 1 month and 3 months was done, with anticoagulant therapy. Out of the remaining 10 patients, 6 patients died with documented P.E. by P.M. study and lost follow up recorded in 4 patients. Complete response with disappearance of all perfusion defects after 2 weeks was detected in 37 patients (49.3%), partial improvement of lesions after 3 months was elicited in 32%. The overall incidence of response was (81.3%) such response was complete in low probability group (100%), (84.2%) in intermediate group and (79.3%) in high probability group with partial response in 45.3%. New lesions were evident in 18.7% of this series. To conclude that serial follow up V/P scan is mandatory for evaluation of response to anticoagulant therapy specially in first 3 months. 2 figs., 3 tabs

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

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

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

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

  3. Ventilation-perfusion studies in suspected pulmonary embolism

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

  4. Malignant fibrous histiocytoma mimicking pulmonary embolism.

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    Sleyster, T J; Heystraten, F M

    1988-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  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

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

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

    2012-05-01

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

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

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

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

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    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...

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

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    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...

  12. Pulmonary Embolism as the First Manifestation of Multiple Myeloma

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    2013-01-01

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

  13. Pulmonary embolism in young natives of high altitude

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    Sanjay Singhal

    2016-01-01

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

  14. Developments in the management and treatment of pulmonary embolism

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    Rachel Limbrey; Luke Howard

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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    Masome Rabieepour

    2014-07-01

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

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

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

    2000-02-01

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

  18. Pulmonary cement embolism after pedicle screw vertebral stabilization

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    Massimo Tonolini

    2012-01-01

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

  19. MDCT for the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism

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    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.)

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

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    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

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

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    Agnelli, Giancarlo; Becattini, Cecilia

    2015-04-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

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

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

    2000-01-01

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

  6. Non-severe pulmonary embolism: Prognostic CT findings

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

    2011-09-15

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

  7. The study on dual-energy lung perfusion imaging in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism using dual-source CT

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    Objective: To explore the diagnostic values of dual energy lung perfusion in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism by using dual-source CT (DSCT). Methods: Thirty patients with clinically suspected pulmonary embolism underwent dual-energy scanning with dual-source CT. The scanned data were integrated into three groups including 140, 80 kV and coefficient of 0.3. According to the CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) of the fusion data, the patients were divided into pulmonary embolism group and normal group. The thin-slice reconstruction of data was analyzed using dual-energy perfusion imaging analysis software. The lung field was divided into upper, middle and lower part to make quantitative analysis of lung tissue perfusion. Paired t-tests were used in the normal patients to compare bilateral lungs, and, independent samples t-tests were applied to compare the embolism group and normal group, while minimum intensity projection images (MinIP) were utilized in the assessment of lung ventilation. Results: Dual energy CT showed symmetrical homogeneous perfusion in 16 normal cases, without significant perfusion defects. Quantitative analysis showed that left and right lung perfusion were (27±7) and (28±8) HU respectively, and no significant difference was found between the two sides (t=-1.73, P>0.05). Perfusion of the left upper, middle and lower lung was (23±6), (24±6), and (28±8) HU respectively, while the perfusion of right upper, middle and lower lung was (26±8), (27±8), and (28±9) HU respectively, showing no statistical significant difference between the two sides (t=-1.91, -1.96, -1.73, P>0.05). Angiography of pulmonary embolism group (14 cases) showed filling defects in the pulmonary trunk, segments and sub-segments. Pulmonary perfusion imaging showed low perfusion or defects in lung field that dominated by embolic vessels. Quantitative analysis showed that the perfusion of the whole lung and the middle and lower lung were (22±5), (22±8), and (21±8) HU in the

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

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

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

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

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

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    Verschuren, Franck; Perrier, Arnaud

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

    1992-01-01

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

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

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

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    Eleonora Arboscello

    2010-03-01

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

  14. Current role of lung scintigraphy in pulmonary embolism

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

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

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

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

    2008-01-01

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

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

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    Pallavi Periwal

    2016-01-01

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

  18. Deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism following physical restraint

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

    2005-01-01

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

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

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    2013-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2002-08-01

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

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

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

  4. Acute pulmonary embolism during an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography

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    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.

  5. Acute pulmonary embolism during an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography.

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    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

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

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

  7. Non-severe pulmonary embolism: Prognostic CT findings

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

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

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    Huh, Sun; Lee, Heon

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-08-15

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

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

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    Hudcova, Jana; Kleinman, Monica; Talmor, Daniel

    2009-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

  13. Clinical value of ventilation perfusion imaging for pulmonary embolism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

  20. Improving performance of computer-aided detection of pulmonary embolisms by incorporating a new pulmonary vascular-tree segmentation algorithm

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    Wang, Xingwei; Song, XiaoFei; Chapman, Brian E.; Zheng, Bin

    2012-03-01

    We developed a new pulmonary vascular tree segmentation/extraction algorithm. The purpose of this study was to assess whether adding this new algorithm to our previously developed computer-aided detection (CAD) scheme of pulmonary embolism (PE) could improve the CAD performance (in particular reducing false positive detection rates). A dataset containing 12 CT examinations with 384 verified pulmonary embolism regions associated with 24 threedimensional (3-D) PE lesions was selected in this study. Our new CAD scheme includes the following image processing and feature classification steps. (1) A 3-D based region growing process followed by a rolling-ball algorithm was utilized to segment lung areas. (2) The complete pulmonary vascular trees were extracted by combining two approaches of using an intensity-based region growing to extract the larger vessels and a vessel enhancement filtering to extract the smaller vessel structures. (3) A toboggan algorithm was implemented to identify suspicious PE candidates in segmented lung or vessel area. (4) A three layer artificial neural network (ANN) with the topology 27-10-1 was developed to reduce false positive detections. (5) A k-nearest neighbor (KNN) classifier optimized by a genetic algorithm was used to compute detection scores for the PE candidates. (6) A grouping scoring method was designed to detect the final PE lesions in three dimensions. The study showed that integrating the pulmonary vascular tree extraction algorithm into the CAD scheme reduced false positive rates by 16.2%. For the case based 3D PE lesion detecting results, the integrated CAD scheme achieved 62.5% detection sensitivity with 17.1 false-positive lesions per examination.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

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

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    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

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

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

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

  5. Multidetector-CT angiography in pulmonary embolism - can image parameters predict clinical outcome?

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    Heyer, Christoph M.; Lemburg, Stefan P.; Nicolas, Volkmar; Roggenland, Daniela [Berufsgenossenschaftliches Universitaetsklinikum Bergmannsheil GmbH, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Institute of Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Bochum (Germany); Knoop, Heiko [Berufsgenossenschaftliches Universitaetsklinikum Bergmannsheil GmbH, Medical Clinic III - Pneumology, Allergology, and Sleep Medicine, Bochum (Germany); Holland-Letz, Tim [Ruhr-University of Bochum, Department of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, Bochum (Germany)

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    To assess if pulmonary CT angiography (CTA) can predict outcome in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE). Retrospective analysis of CTA studies of patients with PE and documentation of pulmonary artery (PA)/aorta ratio, right ventricular (RV)/left ventricular (LV) ratio, superior vena cava (SVC) diameter, pulmonary obstruction index (POI), ventricular septal bowing (VSB), venous contrast reflux (VCR), pulmonary infarction and pleural effusion. Furthermore, duration of total hospital stay, necessity for/duration of ICU therapy, necessity for mechanical ventilation and mortality were recorded. Comparison was performed by logistic/linear regression analysis with significance at 5%. 152 patients were investigated. Mean duration of hospital stay was 21 {+-} 24 days. 66 patients were admitted to the ICU; 20 received mechanical ventilation. Mean duration of ICU therapy was 3 {+-} 8 days. Mortality rate was 8%. Significant positive associations of POI, VCR and pulmonary infarction with necessity for ICU therapy were shown. VCR was significantly associated with necessity for mechanical ventilation and duration of ICU treatment. Pleural effusions were significantly associated with duration of total hospital stay whereas the RV/LV ratio correlated with mortality. Selected CTA findings showed significant associations with the clinical course of PE and may thus be used as predictive parameters. (orig.)

  6. Multidetector-CT angiography in pulmonary embolism - can image parameters predict clinical outcome?

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    To assess if pulmonary CT angiography (CTA) can predict outcome in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE). Retrospective analysis of CTA studies of patients with PE and documentation of pulmonary artery (PA)/aorta ratio, right ventricular (RV)/left ventricular (LV) ratio, superior vena cava (SVC) diameter, pulmonary obstruction index (POI), ventricular septal bowing (VSB), venous contrast reflux (VCR), pulmonary infarction and pleural effusion. Furthermore, duration of total hospital stay, necessity for/duration of ICU therapy, necessity for mechanical ventilation and mortality were recorded. Comparison was performed by logistic/linear regression analysis with significance at 5%. 152 patients were investigated. Mean duration of hospital stay was 21 ± 24 days. 66 patients were admitted to the ICU; 20 received mechanical ventilation. Mean duration of ICU therapy was 3 ± 8 days. Mortality rate was 8%. Significant positive associations of POI, VCR and pulmonary infarction with necessity for ICU therapy were shown. VCR was significantly associated with necessity for mechanical ventilation and duration of ICU treatment. Pleural effusions were significantly associated with duration of total hospital stay whereas the RV/LV ratio correlated with mortality. Selected CTA findings showed significant associations with the clinical course of PE and may thus be used as predictive parameters. (orig.)

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

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    Massimo Miniati

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

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

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    Simon De Freitas

    2016-01-01

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

  9. Fatal pulmonary embolism in hospitalized patients. Clinical diagnosis versus pathological confirmation

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    Cláudio Tinoco Mesquita

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE - To assess the incidence of fatal pulmonary embolism (FPE, the accuracy of clinical diagnosis, and the profile of patients who suffered an FPE in a tertiary University Hospital. METHODS - Analysis of the records of 3,890 autopsies performed at the Department of General Pathology from January 1980 to December 1990. RESULTS - Among the 3,980 autopsies, 109 were cases of clinically suspected FPE; of these, 28 cases of FPE were confirmed. FPE accounted for 114 deaths, with clinical suspicion in 28 cases. The incidence of FPE was 2.86%. No difference in sex distribution was noted. Patients in the 6th decade of life were most affected. The following conditions were more commonly related to FPE: neoplasias (20% and heart failure (18.5%. The conditions most commonly misdiagnosed as FPE were pulmonary edema (16%, pneumonia (15% and myocardial infarction (10%. The clinical diagnosis of FPE showed a sensitivity of 25.6%, a specificity of 97.9%, and an accuracy of 95.6%. CONCLUSION - The diagnosis of pulmonary embolism made on clinical grounds still has considerable limitations.

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

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    Hadice Selimoglu Sen

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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....

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

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

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

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    Moosavy, Farid

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Ogbonna, Kelechi

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

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

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    Krishan Kumar Narani

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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.

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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

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

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

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

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

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

  15. 99m Tc scans in the diagnosis of pulmonary thrombosis and embolism

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

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

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    2007-08-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  18. Clinically unsuspected pulmonary embolism-an important secondary finding in oncology CT

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    AIM: To determine the rate of finding incidental pulmonary embolisms (PE) at staging or follow-up chest computed tomography (CT) in oncology patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three hundred and eighty-five consecutive chest CT examinations, performed in patients with cancer, were prospectively assessed during a 9-month period between October 2003 and June 2004. These were spiral acquisitions between 5 and 8 mm collimation acquired 25 s after intravenous contrast medium administration. PE was diagnosed if a filling defect was seen in the central pulmonary arteries on two or more consecutive slices. RESULTS: Ten of 385 (2.6%) of these patients had incidentally detected PE. This was not attributable to any specific malignancy or chemotherapeutic regimen. These emboli were all central, between the main pulmonary artery and the lobar level. Although the significance of these findings in patients not clinically suspected of having PE could be contentious, all the patients were started on therapeutic anticoagulation as a result of this observation. CONCLUSION: Over one in 40 oncology patients have incidental central PE visible on the CT images performed to assess their malignancy. Formal review of the pulmonary arteries, using a work station, is advised in patients with malignancy

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

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

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

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

    2013-03-01

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

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

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    Andersen, Poul Erik; Kjeldsen, Anette D

    2007-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  3. Impact of ventilation/perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography on treatment duration of pulmonary embolism

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    Begic, Amela; Opanković, Emina; Cukić, Vesna; Rustempašić, Medzida; Bašić, Amila; Miniati, Massimo; Jögi, Jonas; Bajc, Marika

    2014-01-01

    Purpose The aim of the study was to establish whether the duration of anticoagulant (AC) therapy can be tailored, on an objective basis, by using ventilation/perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (V/P SPECT) and to assess the extent of residual perfusion defects over time. In particular, we addressed the following: (a) is the extent of perfusion recovery at 3 months of initial pulmonary embolism (PE) diagnosis a satisfactory criterion for deciding the duration of oral AC? (b) I...

  4. Computer processsing of perfusion, ventilation, and V/Q images to highlight pulmonary embolism

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    A method is described for generating regional ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) images of the lung to aid assessment of suspected pulmonary embolism, especially in patients with obstructive airways disease. The radionuclide scans used for this are stored on a computer and comprise: lung perfusion (P) with Tc-99m MAA, lung ventilation at equilibrium (E) with Xe-127, and the sum of the Xe-127 washout images (W). A functional ventilation image is calculated as V = E/W and a functional perfusion image as Q = P/E. Finally a ventilation perfusion ratio image is obtained by taking V/Q. This is normalised by a factor determined from the cumulative frequency distributions of the counts per pixel in the Q and V images so that areas which are well ventilated and perfused are given a V/Q value of 1.0. Areas with normalised V/Q values > 1.5 suggest pulmonary embolism. In 100 studies on patients with abnormal perfusion scans this method proved very helpful by assisting the recognition or exculsion of areas with abnormally high V/Q values. (orig.)

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

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

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

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    Kelly, Peter

    2012-02-03

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

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

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    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)

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

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

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

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

    2007-08-15

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

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  11. Developments in the management and treatment of pulmonary embolism

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    Rachel Limbrey

    2015-09-01

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

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

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    Limbrey, Rachel; Howard, Luke

    2015-09-01

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

  13. Pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis after spinal surgery

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

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

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    2014-07-01

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

  15. Noninvasive diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. Final report 1 Jul 79-30 Jun 81

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    The noninvasive nature of diagnosing pulmonary embolism was investigated along two different lines: labeling of platelets with indium-111-oxine as a tracer to identify pulmonary emboli by gamma camera imaging (hot spot imaging) and by determination of platelet factor-4 release in patients with venous thromboembolism. Primary effort was devoted to the refinement of the process of labeling platelets to achieve maximum efficiency of labeling. Our current technique permits us to label with an efficiency approaching 80%, with minimal free indium. In addition, a closed system for labeling platelets was developed which maintains sterility in the final product. Animals with experimental pulmonary emboli could be imaged consistently to show 'hot' pulmonary emboli by scanning. However, it was shown that the presence of heparin in the blood interferes with the attachment of labeled platelets to thrombi, resulting in a negative scan. Without heparin, the scans become positive. It was also shown that heparin does not interfere with the labeling of platelets with indium-111-oxine. Results from the patient study of platelet factor-4 suggest that when active venous thromboembolism is present, levels of platelet factor-4 are elevated. Sufficient data are not yet available, however, to assess its true value as a marker for venous thromboembolism. Finally, work has almost been completed in the isolation of canine antibodies to platelet factor-4, permitting the development of this test in the experimental animal

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

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    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.

  17. Life-Threatening Contraceptive-Related Pulmonary Embolism in a 14-Year-Old Girl with Hereditary Thrombophilia

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    Hellfritzsch, Maja; Grove, Erik Lerkevang

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    BACKGROUND: The prothrombotic effect of combined oral contraceptives (COCs) is well-established, with a 3-6-fold increased risk of VTE compared to non-users. When initiation of COCs is considered, it is therefore of paramount importance to carefully evaluate all other potential risk factors for VTE....... Based on a case of life-threatening COC-associated pulmonary embolism in a girl heterozygous for the prothrombin G20210A mutation and with a family history of thrombotic disease, we discuss the importance of assessing not just the genotype but also the phenotype when considering initiation of COCs in...... total occlusion of the right pulmonary artery, and several minor peripheral embolisms bilaterally. She was successfully treated with thrombolysis (alteplase) followed by aPTT-adjusted heparin infusion until adequate anticoagulation with warfarin was achieved. Two years earlier, the patient had been...

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

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

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

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

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

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    Andersen, Poul Erik; Kjeldsen, Anette Drøhse

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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    Hinesh Upadhyay

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  7. Assessment of risk and prophylaxis for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in medically ill patients during their early days of hospital stay at a tertiary care center in a developing country

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    Full Text Available Ambarish Pandey, Nivedita Patni, Mansher Singh, Randeep GuleriaDepartment of Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, IndiaAim: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT and pulmonary thromboembolism (PE are important causes of morbidity and mortality in medically ill patients. This study was done to assess risk factors and prophylaxis given for DVT and PE in newly admitted medically ill patients during the first two weeks of their hospital stay at a tertiary care center hospital in India.Methods: All patients within one week of their admission in intensive care unit (ICU and wards were enrolled in the study after an informed written consent. Patients who had DVT prophylaxis within the past month or any contraindications for DVT prophylaxis were excluded. A structured proforma was designed and effective risk stratification for DVT was done. Patients were followed for up to two weeks to record any changes in the risk categories and document any signs of PE or DVT if present. Any prophylaxis given for DVT or PE was noted.Results: Seventy-five percent of patients had the highest risk for DVT and PE. Only 12.5% had DVT prophylaxis within the first two days of admission. Within two weeks of admission, 30.8% of patients were discharged, and 16.2% died. 72.6% of the patients still in the wards belonged to the highest risk category. Clinical signs and symptoms of DVT and PE were present in 25.8% and 9.8% of patients, respectively after the second week of admission. 86% of symptomatic patients belonged to the highest risk category initially and none of them received any prophylaxis. 21.6% of the highest risk category patients died within two weeks of their admission. A statistically significant correlation was found between mortality and risk score of the patients for DVT and between lack of prophylaxis and mortality (p < 0.05.Conclusion: A significant risk for DVT and PE exists in medically ill patients, but only a small proportion of the patients

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. Low dose oestrogen combined oral contraception and risk of pulmonary embolism, stroke, and myocardial infarction in five million French women: cohort study

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    Dalichampt, Marie; Raguideau, Fanny; Ricordeau, Philippe; Blotière, Pierre-Olivier; Rudant, Jérémie; Alla, François; Zureik, Mahmoud

    2016-01-01

    Objective To assess the risk of pulmonary embolism, ischaemic stroke, and myocardial infarction associated with combined oral contraceptives according to dose of oestrogen (ethinylestradiol) and progestogen. Design Observational cohort study. Setting Data from the French national health insurance database linked with data from the French national hospital discharge database. Participants 4 945 088 women aged 15-49 years, living in France, with at least one reimbursement for oral contraceptives and no previous hospital admission for cancer, pulmonary embolism, ischaemic stroke, or myocardial infarction, between July 2010 and September 2012. Main outcome measures Relative and absolute risks of first pulmonary embolism, ischaemic stroke, and myocardial infarction. Results The cohort generated 5 443 916 women years of oral contraceptive use, and 3253 events were observed: 1800 pulmonary embolisms (33 per 100 000 women years), 1046 ischaemic strokes (19 per 100 000 women years), and 407 myocardial infarctions (7 per 100 000 women years). After adjustment for progestogen and risk factors, the relative risks for women using low dose oestrogen (20 µg v 30-40 µg) were 0.75 (95% confidence interval 0.67 to 0.85) for pulmonary embolism, 0.82 (0.70 to 0.96) for ischaemic stroke, and 0.56 (0.39 to 0.79) for myocardial infarction. After adjustment for oestrogen dose and risk factors, desogestrel and gestodene were associated with statistically significantly higher relative risks for pulmonary embolism (2.16, 1.93 to 2.41 and 1.63, 1.34 to 1.97, respectively) compared with levonorgestrel. Levonorgestrel combined with 20 µg oestrogen was associated with a statistically significantly lower risk than levonorgestrel with 30-40 µg oestrogen for each of the three serious adverse events. Conclusions For the same dose of oestrogen, desogestrel and gestodene were associated with statistically significantly higher risks of pulmonary embolism but not arterial

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

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

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

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    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...

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

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    Kowalski, Zbigniew; Kowalski, Piotr; Grzegorek, Damian

    2016-08-01

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

  20. 30-Day Mortality in Acute Pulmonary Embolism: Prognostic Value of Clinical Scores and Anamnestic Features

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

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  2. Diagnosis of lung embolism by V / Q scintigraphy. Pt. 2. SPECT and SPECT-CT for pulmonary diagnostic in nuclear medicine; V / Q-Szintigrafie zur Diagnostik der Lungenembolie. T. 2. SPECT und SPECT-CT in der nuklearmedizinischen Lungendiagnostik

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    Krause, T. [Universitaetsklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Bern (Switzerland). Inselspital

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    Imaging of the pulmonary ventilation and perfusion by using SPECT proved to be a useful development of this examination. At first this article gives a brief overview of the technical aspects followed by a discussion of clinical questions regarding pulmonary embolism, preoperative assessment of postoperative lung function as well as radioaerosol deposition and clearance. (orig.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Girolamo Geraci

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

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

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

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

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    Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of inserting an inferior vena cava filter to prevent the pulmonary embolism (PE) due to detachment of the thrombus in the lower extremities. Methods: Inferior vena cava filter were placed in 37 patients with malignant tumor and deep venous thrombosis from 1998 to 2004. Malignancy was confirmed by pathological or cellular biological examination in all cases. The episode of pulmonary embolism was monitored during a post-intervention follow-up. Results: All the filters were placed in the inferior vena cava safely via a percutaneous femoral venous access. No serious complications such as pulmonary embolism occurred during the follow-up periods. Conclusion: The inferior vena cava filter placement is an effective and safe procedure in preventing the pulmonary embolism in patients with malignant tumor and deep venous thrombosis. (authors)

  12. Catheter-related right atrial thrombus and pulmonary embolism: A case report and systematic review of the literature

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    Karen EA Burns; Andrew McLaren

    2009-01-01

    Central venous catheters (CVCs) are commonly used in clinical practice. One of the foremost complications associated with their use is the potential for symptomatic or asymptomatic thrombosis. CVC thrombosis, in turn, may not only result in vascular and catheter occlusion but also infection, pulmonary embolism, and formation of right heart thromboemboli. Thrombi within cardiac chambers are associated with an increased risk of mortality due to their potential for embolization to the pulmonary ...

  13. Quantitative evaluation of MR perfusion imaging using blood pool contrast agent in subjects without pulmonary diseases and in patients with pulmonary embolism

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    Hansch, Andreas; Hinneburg, Uta [University Hospital Jena, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology II, Jena (Germany); University Hospital Jena, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology II, Gera (Germany); Kohlmann, Peter; Laue, Hendrik [Fraunhofer MEVIS - Institute for Medical Image Computing, Bremen (Germany); Boettcher, Joachim [SRH Klinikum Gera, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Gera (Germany); Malich, Ansgar [Suedharzkrankenhaus Nordhausen, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Nordhausen (Germany); Wolf, Gunter [University Hospital Jena, Department of Internal Medicine III, Jena (Germany); Pfeil, Alexander [University Hospital Jena, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology II, Jena (Germany); University Hospital Jena, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology II, Gera (Germany); University Hospital Jena, Department of Internal Medicine III, Jena (Germany)

    2012-08-15

    To assess the feasibility of time-resolved parallel three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for quantitative analysis of pulmonary perfusion using a blood pool contrast agent. Quantitative perfusion analysis was performed using novel software to assess pulmonary blood flow (PBF), pulmonary blood volume (PBV) and mean transit time (MTT) in a quantitative manner. The evaluation of lung perfusion in the normal subjects showed an increase of PBF, PBV ventrally to dorsally (gravitational direction), and the highest values at the upper lobe, with a decrease to the middle and lower lobe (isogravitational direction). MTT showed no relevant changes in either the gravitational or isogravitational directions. In comparison with normally perfused lung areas (in diseased patients), the pulmonary embolism (PE) regions showed a significantly lower mean PBF (20 {+-} 0.6 ml/100 ml/min, normal region 94 {+-} 1 ml/100 ml/min; P < 0.001), mean PBV (2 {+-} 0.1 ml/100 ml, normal region 9.8 {+-} 0.1 ml/100 ml; P < 0.001) and mean MTT (3.8 {+-} 0.1 s; normal region 6.3 {+-} 0.1; P < 0.001). Our results demonstrate the feasibility of using time-resolved dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI to determine normal range and regional variation of pulmonary perfusion and perfusion deficits in patients with PE. (orig.)

  14. Quantitative evaluation of MR perfusion imaging using blood pool contrast agent in subjects without pulmonary diseases and in patients with pulmonary embolism

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    To assess the feasibility of time-resolved parallel three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for quantitative analysis of pulmonary perfusion using a blood pool contrast agent. Quantitative perfusion analysis was performed using novel software to assess pulmonary blood flow (PBF), pulmonary blood volume (PBV) and mean transit time (MTT) in a quantitative manner. The evaluation of lung perfusion in the normal subjects showed an increase of PBF, PBV ventrally to dorsally (gravitational direction), and the highest values at the upper lobe, with a decrease to the middle and lower lobe (isogravitational direction). MTT showed no relevant changes in either the gravitational or isogravitational directions. In comparison with normally perfused lung areas (in diseased patients), the pulmonary embolism (PE) regions showed a significantly lower mean PBF (20 ± 0.6 ml/100 ml/min, normal region 94 ± 1 ml/100 ml/min; P < 0.001), mean PBV (2 ± 0.1 ml/100 ml, normal region 9.8 ± 0.1 ml/100 ml; P < 0.001) and mean MTT (3.8 ± 0.1 s; normal region 6.3 ± 0.1; P < 0.001). Our results demonstrate the feasibility of using time-resolved dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI to determine normal range and regional variation of pulmonary perfusion and perfusion deficits in patients with PE. (orig.)

  15. Diagnostic efficacy of ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) segmental equivalent concept in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

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    One hundred and twenty-nine angiographically proven ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) lung scans in patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) were analyzed. Three V/Q matching and 8 V/Q mismatching patterns were identified. Likelihood ratios and probability estimates of pulmonary embolism based on Bayes' analysis were obtained for each of the 11 V/Q patterns. When the prevalence of pulmonary embolism is 40% (pretest probability), a normal perfusion pattern, a non-segmental V/Q mismatch pattern, 1 segmental equivalent V/Q mismatch without diffuse xenon retention, and single lobar V/Q mismatch pattern without additional mismatching defects had 0% posterior probability for pulmonary embolism. V/Q matching pattern without X-ray opacification had 7% posterior probability for pulmonary embolism. The V/Q mismatch pattern between 1 and 1.5 segment equivalents with single segmental defects had 86% posterior probability for PE. Ventilation/perfusion mismatch defect greater than 1.5 segmental equivalent without lobar defects had 95% posterior probability for PE and lobar V/Q mismatch defect with additional segmental defects had 90% posterior probability for pulmonary embolism

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

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    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

  17. The application of multi-slice CT and image post processing techniques in diagnosing of pulmonary embolism

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    Objective: To characterize the pulmonary embolism (PE) on multi-slice CT pulmonary angiography, and to evaluate the role of multi-slice CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in the diagnosis of PE. Methods: Forty-five patients with PE confirmed by CTPA were retrospective analyzed. Images were reconstructed with maximal intensity projection (MIP), multiple planar reconstruction (MPR) and volume rendering technique (VRT). The display of pulmonary arteries and the ability of detecting embolisms were compared among the three different reconstruction techniques. Results: MPR images showed superiority to MIP and VRT images in displaying embolisms (P<0.05). Conclusion: MPR images were better than those of MIP and VRT, but provided poor three-dimensional information; MIP and VRT were more straightforward than MPR in displaying large branches of pulmonary artery. MPR combined with MIP and VRT could help to accurately establish PE diagnosis. (author)

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

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

    1999-05-01

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

  19. Percutaneous Transcatheter Embolization of a Large Pulmonary Arteriovenous Fistula with an Amplatzer Vascular Plug

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    Percutaneous transcatheter embolization has become the treatment of choice for pulmonary arteriovenous fistulas (PAVFs), in most cases replacing surgical intervention. However, while 'classic' devices, such as intravascular coils and detachable balloons, have proved to be successful for interventional occlusions of small or medium-sized PAVFs, they are not ideal in larger fistulas because of the risk for embolization to the systemic circulation. We describe the case of a 61-year-old woman with a symptomatic huge solitary pulmonary arteriovenous fistula (4.5 cm in diameter), occupying part of the lung in the lower right lobe with two feeding arteries (10 and 4 mm in diameter, respectively), who underwent successful transcatheter closure with an Amplatzer Vascular Plug, a new device designed for the occlusion of vascular abnormalities

  20. Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism - Prevention, management, and anaesthetic considerations

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    Krishan Kumar Narani

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available There is high incidence of venous thromboembolism, comprising of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, in hospitalized patients. The need for systemic thromboprophylaxis is essential, especially in patients with inherited or acquired patient-specific risk factors or in patients undergoing surgeries associated with high incidence of postoperative deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. These patients, on prophylactic or therapeutic doses of anticoagulants, may present for surgery. General or regional anaesthesia may be considered depending on the type and urgency of surgery and degree of anticoagulation as judged by investigations. The dilemma regarding the type of anaesthesia can be solved if the anaesthesiologist is aware of the pharmacokinetics of drugs affecting haemostasis. The anaesthesiologist must keep abreast with the latest developments of methods and drugs used in the prevention and management of venous thromboembolism and their implications in the conduct of anaesthesia.

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

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    Maria Stougianni

    2013-06-01

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

  2. Multifactal analysis for the quantification of pulmonary embolism in ventilation-perfusion scans

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    The clinical presentation of pulmonary embolism is highly non-specific. This preliminary study aims at quantifying the difference between normal and abnormal areas in ventilation-perfusion scans and estimating the potential of the fractal dimension to precisely discriminate risk grade of pulmonary embolism. The ventilation and perfusion images were obtained in the ventilation-perfusion scans. We displayed fractal spectrum of all levels of intensity to determine most important threshold for our purposes and then the difference of the ventilation and the perfusion is calculated pixel by pixel. From this difference image the integral of the underperfused areas are used as features. With the aid of these features we disposed of overall slope analysis for all possible values of the length of analyzed data points segment to find linear portion of function. The box-counting method, which the most important dimension is DBBW (arises by summing squares of counting black NB and squares which contains just part of fractal of partially black NBW), was used to establish fractal dimension. The means of the computed fractal (box) dimensions in eleven cases that were obtained on patients suspected with pulmonary embolism for whom reliable examination was essential to establish final diagnosis were 1.21 for normality and 1.42 for abnormality. Depending on the probability of the risk grade, the average fractal dimension were : FDhigh=1.52, FDintermediate=1.40, FDlow=1.26 with coefficient of correlation R=0.999. This study demonstrated that multifractal analysis shows promise for the detection and characterization of pulmonary embolism. The fractal dimension succeeded to quantify meaningful aspects of the possible detective differences among the various potential

  3. Economic evaluation of a clinical protocol for diagnosing emergency patients with suspected pulmonary embolism

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    Gospodarevskaya, Elena V; Goergen, Stacy K; Harris, Anthony H; Chan, Thomas; de Campo, John F; Wolfe, Rory; Gan, Eng T; Wheeler, Michael B.; McKay, John

    2006-01-01

    Background The objective of this paper is to estimate the amount of cost-savings to the Australian health care system from implementing an evidence-based clinical protocol for diagnosing emergency patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) at the Emergency department of a Victorian public hospital with 50,000 presentations in 2001–2002. Methods A cost-minimisation study used the data collected in a controlled clinical trial of a clinical protocol for diagnosing patients with suspected PE...

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  5. Massive pleural effusion and associated pulmonary embolism in a case of Gefitinib responsive lung cancer

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    Rajiv Garg

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary embolism (PE and venous thrombosis is a common complication in lung cancer patients with a high misdiagnosis rate and high mortality. However, when an undiagnosed lung cancer patient presents as PE, cancer as a cause may not always be explored. We present a case of a young male patient presenting with venous thromboembolism causing massive pleural effusion, leading to the diagnosis of epidermal growth factor receptor mutation positive adenocarcinoma, showing good response to gefitinib therapy.

  6. Elevated Fibrinogen Levels Associate with Risk of Pulmonary Embolism, but not with Deep Venous Thrombosis

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    Klovaite, Jolanta; Nordestgaard, Børge G; Tybjærg-Hansen, Anne;

    2013-01-01

    RATIONALE: It is unclear whether elevated plasma fibrinogen associates with both deep venous thrombosis(DVT) and its complication pulmonary embolism(PE), and whether elevated fibrinogen is a direct cause of these disorders. OBJECTIVES: We tested the hypotheses that elevated plasma fibrinogen...... relationship using a Mendelian randomization approach, we genotyped for FGB(rs1800790; rs4220) encoding fibrinogen beta chain. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Increasing plasma fibrinogen quintiles associated with increased risk of PE in combination with DVT(P-trend...

  7. Multifactal analysis for the quantification of pulmonary embolism in ventilation-perfusion scans

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    Lee, Jae Hoon; Kim, Hee Joung; Yun, Mi Jin; Yoo, Hyung Sik [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, (Korea, Republic of)

    2002-07-01

    The clinical presentation of pulmonary embolism is highly non-specific. This preliminary study aims at quantifying the difference between normal and abnormal areas in ventilation-perfusion scans and estimating the potential of the fractal dimension to precisely discriminate risk grade of pulmonary embolism. The ventilation and perfusion images were obtained in the ventilation-perfusion scans. We displayed fractal spectrum of all levels of intensity to determine most important threshold for our purposes and then the difference of the ventilation and the perfusion is calculated pixel by pixel. From this difference image the integral of the underperfused areas are used as features. With the aid of these features we disposed of overall slope analysis for all possible values of the length of analyzed data points segment to find linear portion of function. The box-counting method, which the most important dimension is DBBW (arises by summing squares of counting black NB and squares which contains just part of fractal of partially black NBW), was used to establish fractal dimension. The means of the computed fractal (box) dimensions in eleven cases that were obtained on patients suspected with pulmonary embolism for whom reliable examination was essential to establish final diagnosis were 1.21 for normality and 1.42 for abnormality. Depending on the probability of the risk grade, the average fractal dimension were : FDhigh=1.52, FDintermediate=1.40, FDlow=1.26 with coefficient of correlation R=0.999. This study demonstrated that multifractal analysis shows promise for the detection and characterization of pulmonary embolism. The fractal dimension succeeded to quantify meaningful aspects of the possible detective differences among the various potential.

  8. Ventilation/Perfusion SPECT for Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism and Other Diseases

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    Björn Jonson; Marika Bajc

    2010-01-01

    V / P S P E C T has the potential to become a first hand tool for diagnosis of pulmonary embolism based on standardized technology and new holistic interpretation criteria. Pretest probability helps clinicians choose the most appropriate objective test for diagnosis or exclusion of PE. Interpretation should also take into account all ventilation and perfusion patterns allowing diagnosis of other cardiopulmonary diseases than PE. In such contexts, V / P S P E C T has excellent sensitivity and ...

  9. Capnometry in suspected pulmonary embolism with positive D-dimer in the field

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    Rumpf, Tadeja Hernja; Križmarić, Miljenko; Grmec, Štefek

    2009-01-01

    Introduction Pulmonary embolism (PE) is one of the greatest diagnostic challenges in prehospital emergency setting. Most patients with suspected PE have a positive D-dimer and undergo diagnostic testing. Excluding PE with additional non-invasive tests would reduce the need for further imaging tests. We aimed to determine the effectiveness of combination of clinical probability and end-tidal carbon dioxide (PetCO2) for evaluation of suspected PE with abnormal concentrations of D-dimer in preho...

  10. Lung scintigraphy in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism: current methods and interpretation criteria in clinical practice

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    Skarlovnik, Ajda; Hrastnik, Damjana; Fettich, Jure; Grmek, Marko

    2014-01-01

    Background In current clinical practice lung scintigraphy is mainly used to exclude pulmonary embolism (PE). Modified diagnostic criteria for planar lung scintigraphy are considered, as newer scitigraphic methods, especially single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) are becoming more popular. Patients and methods. Data of 98 outpatients who underwent planar ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy and 49 outpatients who underwent V/Q SPECT from the emergency department (ED) were retr...

  11. Routine clinical utility of aerosol lung scan (ALS) in patients being evaluated for pulmonary embolism (PE)

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    99mTc-DTPA/MDA aerosol lung scan (ALS) (using BARC apparatus), 99mTc-MAA lung perfusion scan and chest radiography are routinely performed during the same visit in patients referred with the clinical suspicion of pulmonary embolism (PE). It is concluded that ALS is an excellent for diagnostic interpretation of PE as compared with chest radiography in significant number of patients

  12. Relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and 30-day mortality among patients with pulmonary embolism

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    Farzin Ghiasi; Amin Ahmadpoor; Babak Amra

    2015-01-01

    Background: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is the most life-threatening form of venous thrombosis which causes the majority of mortalities in this category. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been indicated as one of the risk factors for thromboembolism because of hemostatic alterations. The present study was designed to seek for the relationship between OSA and 30-day mortality of patients with PE. Materials and Methods: This prospective cohort study was conducted among 137 consecutive patients refe...

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

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    Jana Hudcova; Monica Kleinman; Daniel Talmor

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    Jana Hudcova1, Monica Kleinman2, Daniel Talmor11Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; 2Department of Anesthesia, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USAAbstract: Massive pulmonary embolism (PE) in a small child is a rare event and unified guidelines for its treatment are missing. Timely diagnosis and management of m...

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

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    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. Pericardial tamponade masking associated pulmonary thrombo embolism in a case of adeno carcinoma of lung

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    Srinivasan Kandasamy

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    Full Text Available This case report describes a patient admitted with shortness of breath of 15 days duration and found to have cardiac tamponade, which masked concomitant pulmonary embolism that was diagnosed by echocardiographic signs of dilate RA/RV with PAH only after successful pericardiocentesis. Subsequently patient was found to have widely metastatic adenocarcinoma of lungs. This case emphasizes the diagnostic challenge when cardiac tamponade is associated with pulmonary thromboembolism and requires high index of clinical suspicion in patients with underlying malignancy. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(8.000: 2126-2128

  16. Chronic pulmonary embolism presenting with right ventricular dilatation on thallium myocardial scintigraphy

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    Full text: A 61 year old male presented to the Nuclear Medicine Department for an exercise thallium study with a three month history of exertional dyspnoea for investigation. Patient history included PTCA to LAD and pulmonary embolism 16 years previously. The patient underwent 5.24 minutes of a standard treadmill Bruce protocol which was terminated due to his usual dyspnoea. The patient was injected with 120 MBq of 201-Thallous Chloride at peak exercise and prone SPECT imaging performed 8 minutes later with a dual head gamma camera. Reconstructed images demonstrated normal myocardial perfusion at a moderate level of haemodynamic stress. However, moderate night ventricular dilatation was noted raising the possibility of respiratory disease as cause for symptoms. Echocardiography confirmed right ventricular dilatation and moderate to severe pulmonary hypertension while subsequent respiratory function tests were unremarkable. The patient was then referred to Nuclear Medicine for a ventilation and perfusion lung scan. A six view ventilation study was performed following inhalation of 99mTc Technegas and corresponding perfusion images were acquired following intravenous administration of 99mTc MAA. The ventilation and perfusion images demonstrated multiple matched segmental defects bilaterally, suggestive of chronic thrombo-embolism. The patient was subsequently anti-coagulated with improvement of symptoms. In conclusion, our study has demonstrated how right ventricular dilatation on myocardial scintigraphy can alert the clinician to alternative causes for dyspnoea, and in our case resulted subsequently in a diagnosis of chronic pulmonary embolism

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

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    Gerard O’Connor

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  19. Ventilation/perfusion lung scan to diagnose pulmonary embolism: new insights (for the year 2000)

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    We present the changes that have taken place since the results of 'Prospective Investigation of Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis' (PIOPED) in the diagnostic approach of pulmonary embolism (PE). In 1990 PIOPED documented the value of ventilation/perfusion lung scanning, but pulmonary angiography was often unavoidable. PIOPED had some drawbacks. During the last decade, three significant improvements have appeared: new ventilation tracers such as Technegas and 81m krypton yield high quality and dependable images; PIOPED reading criteria have been revised and improved; the diagnostic approach has benefited from lower extremity ultrasonography and D-dimer assay. New strategic approaches have therefore been devised and have become accurate enough to avoid the use of pulmonary angiography in a vast majority of cases. In pulmonary scintigram reading, the presence of an abnormal chest X-ray or of an underlying cardiopulmonary disease deserves special attention. Helical CT is of limited value in presence of PE restricted to sub-segmental arteries. Already published multicenter trials seem to indicate a lesser diagnostic value than initially anticipated with this semi-invasive method. CT cannot yet be recommended as a first line screening test for PE. (authors)

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

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    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)

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

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

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    2006-09-01

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

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

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    Käberich, Anja; Wärntges, Simone; Konstantinides, Stavros

    2014-10-01

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

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

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    Anja Käberich

    2014-10-01

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

  5. Safety of ventilation/perfusion single photon emission computed tomography for pulmonary embolism diagnosis

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    Le Roux, Pierre-Yves; Palard, Xavier; Robin, Philippe; Abgral, Ronan; Querellou, Solene; Salaun, Pierre-Yves [Universite Europeenne de Bretagne, Brest (France); Universite de Brest, Brest (France); CHRU de la Cavale Blanche, Service de medecine nucleaire, Brest (France); Delluc, Aurelien; Couturaud, Francis [Universite Europeenne de Bretagne, Brest (France); Universite de Brest, Brest (France); CHRU de la Cavale Blanche, Departement de medecine interne et de pneumologie, Brest (France); Le Gal, Gregoire [Universite Europeenne de Bretagne, Brest (France); University of Ottawa, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa (Canada); CHRU de la Cavale Blanche, Departement de medecine interne et de pneumologie, Brest (France); Universite de Brest, Brest (France)

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    The aim of this management outcome study was to assess the safety of ventilation/perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (V/Q SPECT) for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) using for interpretation the criteria proposed in the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) guidelines for V/Q scintigraphy. A total of 393 patients with clinically suspected PE referred to the Nuclear Medicine Department of Brest University Hospital from April 2011 to March 2013, with either a high clinical probability or a low or intermediate clinical probability but positive D-dimer, were retrospectively analysed. V/Q SPECT were interpreted by the attending nuclear medicine physician using a diagnostic cut-off of one segmental or two subsegmental mismatches. The final diagnostic conclusion was established by the physician responsible for patient care, based on clinical symptoms, laboratory test, V/Q SPECT and other imaging procedures performed. Patients in whom PE was deemed absent were not treated with anticoagulants and were followed up for 3 months. Of the 393 patients, the prevalence of PE was 28 %. V/Q SPECT was positive for PE in 110 patients (28 %) and negative in 283 patients (72 %). Of the 110 patients with a positive V/Q SPECT, 78 (71 %) had at least one additional imaging test (computed tomography pulmonary angiography or ultrasound) and the diagnosis of PE was eventually excluded in one patient. Of the 283 patients with a negative V/Q SPECT, 74 (26 %) patients had another test. The diagnosis of PE was finally retained in one patient and excluded in 282 patients. The 3-month thromboembolic risk in the patients not treated with anticoagulants was 1/262: 0.38 % (95 % confidence interval 0.07-2.13). A diagnostic management including V/Q SPECT interpreted with a diagnostic cut-off of ''one segmental or two subsegmental mismatches'' appears safe to exclude PE. (orig.)

  6. Safety of ventilation/perfusion single photon emission computed tomography for pulmonary embolism diagnosis

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    The aim of this management outcome study was to assess the safety of ventilation/perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (V/Q SPECT) for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE) using for interpretation the criteria proposed in the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) guidelines for V/Q scintigraphy. A total of 393 patients with clinically suspected PE referred to the Nuclear Medicine Department of Brest University Hospital from April 2011 to March 2013, with either a high clinical probability or a low or intermediate clinical probability but positive D-dimer, were retrospectively analysed. V/Q SPECT were interpreted by the attending nuclear medicine physician using a diagnostic cut-off of one segmental or two subsegmental mismatches. The final diagnostic conclusion was established by the physician responsible for patient care, based on clinical symptoms, laboratory test, V/Q SPECT and other imaging procedures performed. Patients in whom PE was deemed absent were not treated with anticoagulants and were followed up for 3 months. Of the 393 patients, the prevalence of PE was 28 %. V/Q SPECT was positive for PE in 110 patients (28 %) and negative in 283 patients (72 %). Of the 110 patients with a positive V/Q SPECT, 78 (71 %) had at least one additional imaging test (computed tomography pulmonary angiography or ultrasound) and the diagnosis of PE was eventually excluded in one patient. Of the 283 patients with a negative V/Q SPECT, 74 (26 %) patients had another test. The diagnosis of PE was finally retained in one patient and excluded in 282 patients. The 3-month thromboembolic risk in the patients not treated with anticoagulants was 1/262: 0.38 % (95 % confidence interval 0.07-2.13). A diagnostic management including V/Q SPECT interpreted with a diagnostic cut-off of ''one segmental or two subsegmental mismatches'' appears safe to exclude PE. (orig.)

  7. Pulmonary embolism and pelvic-lower limb deep venous thrombosis: initial experience with magnetic resonance angiography

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    Objective: To evaluate the usefulness of combined three-dimensional (3D) and two-dimensional (2D) contrast enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA) for checking the thrombus embolism of different positions within single examination on the pulmonary artery and pelvic-lower limb deep veins. Methods: Fifteen patients with suspected pulmonary embolism and pelvic-lower limb deep venous thrombosis (DVT) were evaluate with combined 3D MRA and 2D CE-MRA. 3D spoiled gradient-recalled-echo bolus chase MR angiograms were obtained in four stations from the pulmonary artery to the ankle. Thereafter, 3D CE MRA was reversely scanned from the ankle to the pelvic. 2D contrast-enhanced MRI was obtained in pelvis, thigh, and calf. Pulmonary CT angiography (CTA) and/or DSA were performed in 15 patients, and duplex ultrasonography of lower-limb vein was performed in 12 patients. Results: Of the 15 cases, acceptable imaging of pulmonary vessel was acquired with 3D CE-MRA in 12 cases. The signal intensity was lower in the deep iliac vein and lower extremities than that in the artery, but vein frame was distinct after post processing. The artery and deep vein were clearly revealed with contrast enhanced FSPGR sequence in 15 cases. 3D CD-MRA imaging disclosed pulmonary embolism in fourteen patients and pelvis-lower limb DVT with multi-place involvement in nine patients. 2D contrast-enhanced MR imaging proved DVT in pelvis-lower limb. 2D contrast-enhanced FSPGR sequence was a complementation of 3D CE-MRA and it had larger scan field. Thrombus presented as low signals and eccentral or intraluminal filling defect. Local caliber of vein thrombus in 6 cases was evidently broadened. Conclusion: Within only one MR examination procedure, it is capable of examining the pulmonary embolism and DVT of pelvis-lower limb with combined 3D MRA and 2D contrast enhanced MR. The results are promising as a non-invasion 'on-stop shopping' tool in the evaluation of thromboembolic disease

  8. Collaborative overview of randomised trials of antiplatelet therapy--III: Reduction in venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism by antiplatelet prophylaxis among surgical and medical patients. Antiplatelet Trialists' Collaboration.

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    OBJECTIVE--To determine the efficacy of antiplatelet therapy as prophylaxis against deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism in surgical and high risk medical patients. DESIGN--Overviews of all randomised trials of antiplatelet therapy that could have been available by March 1990 and in which deep venous thrombosis was assessed systematically. SETTING--53 trials (total 8400 patients) of an average of two weeks of antiplatelet therapy versus control in general or orthopaedic surgery; nine ...

  9. An evaluation of Technegas as a ventilation agent compared with krypton-81m in the scintigraphic diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

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    A ventilation agent that provides good quality lung images, which is cheap, easy to use and non-toxic, with a low radiation dose, has long been sought. Technegas, an ultrafine aerosol of technetium-99m-labelled carbon, was developed with these qualities in mind. We have studied Technegas in a clinical setting to evaluate some of these qualities. Twenty-five patients referred with a diagnosis of suspected pulmonary embolism were investigated during the same study using both krypton-81 m and Technegas as ventilation agents in conjunction with 99mTc-macroaggregated albumin as a perfusion agent. Technegas provided images which were of satisfactory quality. Images were obtained relatively easily and without discomfort to the patient, and Technegas has the advantge of always being available. A semi-quantitative regional assessment was employed which showed a good correlation (r=0.499, P<0.001) between Technegas and krypton-81 m ventilation. We report on an effect not previously found to be significant, that is lung regions were better ventilated with Technegas than with krypton-81 m. This altered the diagnostic probability rating of pulmonary embolism in a number of patients (n=3, 12%) compared with kryupton-81 m. This effect was also noted in a further 8 patients (32%) without a change in the diagnostic probability. We offer possible explanations for this phenomenon. (orig.)

  10. Diagnosis of Massive Pulmonary Embolism in Man by Radioisotope Scanning

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    Macroaggregated human-serum albumin particles labelled with either I131 or chromium-51 have been utilized to determine regional blood flow to the lungs in dogs and man. Following intravenous injection, the particles accumulated in the lung, permitting clear delineation of the lung fields by scintillation scanning. In patients with lung abscess, pneumonia, atelectasis, tumours and thromboembolic disease of the lung, there was a decreased accumulation of the radioactivity in the regions of the lungs involved. The technique was found to be clinically useful in the diagnosis of massive pulmonary emboli in man and in the demonstration of vascular occlusion in certain patients with cor pulmonale. Studies in dogs made possible the determination of the rate at which revascularization occurred following experimental pulmonary emboli. Scintillation scanning was carried out at various times after the removal of the experimental emboli. The circulation was restored through the lungs within a period of several weeks after the removal of chronic pulmonary emboli in dogs. Although aggregated human-serum albumin retained its antigenicity in rabbits, guinea pigs and dogs, extensive studies failed to reveal any antigenicity of the particles to man. Because of the rapid metabolism of the macroaggregated albumin particles, the radiation to the patient was well within permissible levels. The use of albumin of high specific activity permitted injections of small chemical quantities; consequently no cardiovascular effects, such as increases in pulmonary artery pressure, changes in electrocardiogram or respiratory rate, were noted. (author)

  11. Successful thrombolysis of major pulmonary embolism 5 days after lobectomy

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    Eckardt, Jens; Licht, Peter B

    2012-01-01

    Aggressive intravenous thrombolysis of pulmonary emboli after major thoracic surgery has rarely been reported and is controversial because of an assumed risk of fatal bleeding. We report a 62-year old female who underwent left upper lobectomy. Her postoperative course was complicated with...

  12. [Nursing care of pulmonary embolism in out-of-hospital emergencies].

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    Carrión-Martínez, Aurora; Rivera-Caravaca, José Miguel

    2016-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism is one of the most severe venous thromboembolic diseases, both in mortality and the high number of associated complications and their impact on quality of life. The early hours are critical and proper management during this period can determine future sequels. Therefore, in the outpatient setting, nurses must have adequate knowledge and tools to act quickly and efficiently. In this paper, we present a case of a 77 year-old male in his home that after being discharged from a knee replacement surgery starts with symptoms compatible with pulmonary thromboembolism. A Nursing Care Process is performed, according to the functional patterns of Margory Gordon and a care plan is developed based on NNN taxonomy (NANDA, NOC, NIC). As main nursing diagnosis 'ineffective breathing pattern' is selected and as possible potential complication of the pulmonary embolism the 'pulmonary infarction' is chosen. The results obtained after conducting the care plan are satisfactory, improving the signs and symptoms presented by the patient, hence why we believe it is useful for nurses when facing similar clinical situations. PMID:26906402

  13. A case of Multiple Unilateral Pulmonary arteriovenous Malformation Relapse: Efficacy of embolization treatment

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    Masiello Rossella

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary arteriovenous Malformations (PAVMs are a rare vascular alteration characterized by abnormal communications between the pulmonary arteries and veins resulting in an extracardiac right-to-left (R-L shunt. The majority of PAVMs are associated with an autosomal dominant vascular disorder also known as Osler-Weber- Rendu Syndrome. PAVMs appearance can be both single and multiple. Clinical manifestations include hypoxemia, dyspnea cyanosis, hemoptysis and cerebrovascular ischemic events or abscesses. We report a case of an 18 year old female with severe respiratory failure caused by a relapse of multiple unilateral pulmonary arterovenous fistula. Symptoms at admission include dyspnea, cyanosis and clubbing. The patient underwent pulmonary angio-TC scan, brain CT and echocardiography. The thoracic angio-CT scan showed the presence of PAVMs of RUL and RLL; a marked increase of right bronchial artery caliber and its branches with an aneurismatic dilatation was also observed. The patient underwent percutaneous transcatheter embolization using Amplatzer Vascular Plug IV; a relevant clinical and functional improvement was subsequently recorded. Embolization is effective in the treatment of relapsing PAVMS.

  14. Pulmonary thrombo-embolism in pregnancy: diagnosis and management

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    Louise E. Simcox; Laura Ormesher; Clare Tower; Greer, Ian A

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    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...

  15. Combined ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy for demonstration of pulmonary embolism

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    In 34 patients with suggested pulmonary emboli, ventilation scintigraphy with 133Xe and perfusion scintigraphy with 99Tcsup(m)-labelled albumin spheres were carried out. The combined ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy had a significantly higher diagnostic specificity (1.0, confidence limit 0.69-1.0) than perfusion scintigraphy alone (0.48, 0.26-0.70). Both methods had a diagnostic sensitivity of 1.0. (Auth.)

  16. Role of combined perfusion/ventilation scanning in diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

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    This study was conducted on 200 patients with suspected pulmonary embolism. Their age ranged 9-74 years with a mean age of 41.9+14.6 years.The commonest symptoms were dyspnea; chest pain and haemoptysis in 67.5%,49.5% and 14.5% respectively, whereas the main signs were tachycardia in 64.5% followed by rales and oedema of lower limbs in 28.5% and 14% respectively. Cardiac diseases were presenting the main risk factors in 47% followed by DVT, surgery, COLD in 24%,10% and 9.5% respectively. perfusion lung scan was normal in 27.5%, whereas low, intermediate and high probability scans were seen in 7%,23.5% and 42% respectively. The addition of ventilation scan, change probability of perfusion defects into 18.5%,19% and 31.5% in low, intermediate and high probability scans respectively. In addition 3.5% of patient diagnosed as non- embolic disease. There was significant correlation with increase number of symptoms and signs in relation to scan probability in both whole group and high probability group. Also, the incidence of pulmonary embolism appear to be additive with increase number of risk factors in the group of high probability scans. 3 figs., 3 tabs

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

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

  18. Reducing radiation dose in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism using adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction and lower tube potential in computed tomography

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    Kaul, David [Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Department of Radiation Oncology, Charite School of Medicine and University Hospital, Berlin (Germany); Charite School of Medicine and University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Berlin (Germany); Grupp, Ulrich; Kahn, Johannes; Wiener, Edzard; Hamm, Bernd; Streitparth, Florian [Charite School of Medicine and University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Berlin (Germany); Ghadjar, Pirus [Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Department of Radiation Oncology, Charite School of Medicine and University Hospital, Berlin (Germany)

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    To assess the impact of ASIR (adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction) and lower tube potential on dose reduction and image quality in chest computed tomography angiographies (CTAs) of patients with pulmonary embolism. CT data from 44 patients with pulmonary embolism were acquired using different protocols - Group A: 120 kV, filtered back projection, n = 12; Group B: 120 kV, 40 % ASIR, n = 12; Group C: 100 kV, 40 % ASIR, n = 12 and Group D: 80 kV, 40 % ASIR, n = 8. Normalised effective dose was calculated; image quality was assessed quantitatively and qualitatively. Normalised effective dose in Group B was 33.8 % lower than in Group A (p = 0.014) and 54.4 % lower in Group C than in Group A (p < 0.001). Group A, B and C did not show significant differences in qualitative or quantitative analysis of image quality. Group D showed significantly higher noise levels in qualitative and quantitative analysis, significantly more artefacts and decreased overall diagnosability. Best results, considering dose reduction and image quality, were achieved in Group C. The combination of ASIR and lower tube potential is an option to reduce radiation without significant worsening of image quality in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. (orig.)

  19. A comparative study of ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy and MRPA in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

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    Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy in pulmonary embolism (PE) in comparison with three-dimensional (3D) magnetic resonance pulmonary angiography (MRPA). Methods: Twenty-eight patients underwent pulmonary V/Q imaging and MRPA within 3 d. There were 11 men and 17 women with mean age of (50.1 ± 14.4) years. Among them, 22 PE were confirmed by pulmonary arteriography or operation, as well as clinical followed-up after successful thrombolytic therapy. These 22 patients were divided into 3 groups: lobe, segment, and subsegment lesions. In the other 6 patients, PE had been ruled out by clinical comprehensive analysis and follow-up survey, including one case confirmed by pulmonary arteriography. Results: In lobe group, both V/Q imaging and MRPA detected all PEs. In segment group, V/Q imaging detected 125 segmental pathological changes and MRPA demonstrated 139 abnormal segmental pulmonary arteries. The latter had partially overestimated, but the statistic difference was not significant (P=0.110). In subsegment group, V/Q imaging detected 84 subsegment pathological changes, whereas MRPA demonstrated 55 subsegment arterial damages, the statistic difference was significant between two groups. (P<0.05). Conclusion: MRPA and V/Q imaging are both sensitive methods for detecting lobar and segmental PE, but V/Q imaging is far better than MRPA in detecting subsegment PE. (authors)

  20. A Case of Cryptogenic Stroke Associated with Patent Foramen Ovale Coexisting with Pulmonary Embolisms, Deep Vein Thromboses, and Renal Artery Infarctions

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    Park, Moon-Sik; Park, Jong-Pil; Yun, So-Hee; Lee, Jae-Un; Kim, Joong-Keun; Lee, Na-Eun; Song, Ji-Eun; Lee, Shin-Eun; John, Sung-Hee; Lim, Ji-Hyun; Rhew, Jay-Young

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    A paradoxical embolism is defined as a systemic arterial embolism requiring the passage of a venous thrombus into the arterial circulatory system through a right-to-left shunt, and is commonly related to patent foramen ovale (PFO). However, coexisting pulmonary embolisms, deep vein thromboses (DVT), and multipe systemic arterial embolisms, associated with PFO, are rare. Here, we report a patient who had a cryptogenic ischemic stroke, associated with PFO, which is complicated with a massive pu...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Full Text Available Jana Hudcova1, Monica Kleinman2, Daniel Talmor11Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; 2Department of Anesthesia, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USAAbstract: Massive pulmonary embolism (PE in a small child is a rare event and unified guidelines for its treatment are missing. Timely diagnosis and management of massive pulmonary embolism is of crucial importance for a good outcome. We describe a unique management of PE causing oxygenation failure using a combination of catheter extraction technique, and regional thrombolysis on top of systemic heparin administration and inferior vena cava filter placement. Pulmonary hypertension was treated with inhaled nitric oxide. We believe that catheter extraction technique and regional thrombolysis is an option to consider provided that resources and expertise are available. Preoperative placement of an inferior vena cava filter should be contemplated in such high risk situations.Keywords: embolectomy, regional thrombolysis, inferior vena cava filter, inhaled nitric oxide

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

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

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

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

  6. [Diagnosing pulmonary embolism during pregnancy: how should we do?].

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    Soulier V; Righini M; Perrier A

    2014-10-22

    No diagnostic strategy for pulmonary embo- lism (PE) during pregnancy is based on strong evidence and unanimously accepted. Clinical scores are not validated. The diagnostic yield of the non radiating tests is low: D-dimer is rarely negative in pregnant women and lower limb venous compression ultrasonography is poorly sensitive. Nevertheless, they are still recommended as first line exams. The radia- ting exams (ventilation-perfusion scintigra- phy and thoracic angio-CT) have an equiva- lent diagnostic yield (more than 90%). But both raise the risk of cancer: any childhood cancer for the fetus (scintigraphy), and breast cancer for the mother (angio-CT). However, the diagnosis of PE in the pregnant woman has a major impact and must be established with certainty, even if this requires performing radiation imaging. PMID:25518203

  7. Massive hemoptysis due to pulmonary tuberculosis: management with bronchial artery embolization

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    Objective: To evaluate the clinical effects of interventional bronchial artery embolization in the management of massive hemoptysis as a complication of pulmonary tuberculosis. Methods: Interventional bronchial arterial embolization was performed in 26 cases with secondary pulmonary tuberculosis and massive hemoptysis. Tuberculosis was found in bilateral lung in 20 cases out of 26. Unilateral lung was evolved in the rest 6. The dose of hemoptysis was 200 ml/d-1200 ml/d. Bronchial arteriography was undertaken and the target blood vessel was confirmed in all patients. Then PVA grain or silk segment (1-2 mm) were injected into bronchial artery until blood flow was blocked. The procedures were guided under the fluoroscopy. Gelfoam particles were used in 2 cases when tortuous feeding arteries were revealed in angiogram. Results: Bleeding was demonstrated in 58 branches of bronchial artery in all cases. 19 cases were bilateral and 7 unilateral. After the primary intervention, hemoptysis was controlled completely in 23 patients, slight hemoptysis was noted in 2 patients, and no improvement was obtained in one patient. The short term efficiency was 96.1%. No serious complication occurred. In a post-interventional follow up of 6 months to 6 years, 3 patients had relapse after 6 months and reembolization with silk segments was done. The other 23 patients were in stable condition. Long-term efficiency was 88.4%. Conclusion: Embolization of bronchial artery with PVA grain or with silk segments is an effective and safe method in the management of hemoptysis as a complication of pulmonary tuberculosis, especially in patients with severe hemoptysis. The anti-tuberculosis chemotherapy is helpful in preventing the relapse. (authors)

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

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    Full Text Available Kelechi C Ogbonna, Dave L Dixon Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, Richmond, VA, USA Objective: To compare the safety and efficacy of dabigatran to warfarin for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Background: Venous thromboembolism (VTE is a disease comprised of two conditions: deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. VTE is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide with an annual incidence estimated at 1–3 cases per 1,000 individuals. This incidence increases with age from 0.1 per 1,000 in adolescence to eight per 1,000 in those 80 years of age and older. As the proportion of patients 65 years of age and older expands, the number of patients presenting with VTE will also increase. Anticoagulation remains the cornerstone of VTE treatment. Traditionally, vitamin K antagonists have been used to minimize the risk of thrombus extension and for secondary prevention. Unpredictable pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, routine monitoring, drug–food and drug–drug interactions, and potentially severe adverse events have all been cited as barriers to optimal care. Dabigatran has been proposed as a suitable alternative to warfarin therapy in the treatment of VTE. Therefore, a critical appraisal of dabigatran's safety and efficacy is necessary to determine its role in therapy. Conclusion: Dabigatran remains an alternative to warfarin therapy for the treatment of VTE. However, dabigatran also has distinct disadvantages that warrant consideration. Clinicians must ensure that drug characteristics align with patient characteristics to optimize patient outcomes. Keywords: venous thromboembolism, pulmonary embolisms, venous thrombosis, anticoagulants, warfarin sodium, dabigatran etexilate mesylate

  9. Diagnosis of pulmonary embolism with spiral CT as a second procedure following scintigraphy

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    Strijen, Marco J.L. van; Kieft, Gerard J. [Department of Radiology, Leyenburg Ziekenhuis, Leyweg 275, 2545 CH The Hague (Netherlands); Monye, Wouter de; Bloem, Johan L. [Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, P.O. Box 9600, 2300 RC Leiden (Netherlands); Pattynama, Peter M.T. [Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, P.O. Box 9600, 2300 RC Leiden (Netherlands); Department of Radiology, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, Dr. Molewaterplein 40, 3015 GD Rotterdam (Netherlands); Huisman, Menno V. [Leiden University Medical Center, Dept. of General Internal Medicine, P.O. Box 9600, 2300 RC Leiden (Netherlands); Smith, Sierd J. [Department of Internal Medicine, Leyenburg Hospital, Leyweg 275, 2545 CH The Hague (Netherlands)

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    Heading Abstract.Our objective was to evaluate, in a routine clinical setting, the role of spiral CT as a second procedure in patients with clinically suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) and abnormal perfusion scan. We prospectively studied the role of spiral CT in 279 patients suspected of PE. All patients started their diagnostic algorithm with chest radiographs and perfusion scintigraphy. Depending on the results of perfusion scintigraphy, patients proceeded to subsequent levels in the algorithm: stop if perfusion scintigraphy was normal; CT and pulmonary angiography if subsegmental perfusion defects were seen; ventilation scintigraphy followed by CT when segmental perfusion defects were seen; and pulmonary angiography in this last group when results of ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy and CT were incongruent. Reference diagnosis was based on normal perfusion scintigraphy, high probability perfusion/ventilation scintigraphy in combination with abnormal CT, or pulmonary angiography. If PE was present, the largest involved branch was noted on pulmonary angiography, or on spiral CT scan in case of a high-probability ventilation/perfusion scan and a positive CT scan. A distinction was made between embolism in a segmental branch or larger, or subsegmental embolism. Two hundred seventy-nine patients had abnormal scintigraphy. In 27 patients spiral CT and/or pulmonary angiography were non-diagnostic and these were excluded for image analysis. Using spiral CT we correctly identified 117 of 135 patients with PE, and 106 of 117 patients without PE. Sensitivity and specificity was therefore 87 and 91%, respectively. Prevalence of PE was 53%. Positive and negative predictive values were, respectively, 91 and 86%. In the high-probability group, sensitivity and specificity increased to 97 and 100%, respectively, with a prevalence of 90%. In the non-high probability-group sensitivity and specificity decreased to 61 and 89%, respectively, with a prevalence of 25%. In a routine

  10. Diagnosis of pulmonary embolism with spiral CT as a second procedure following scintigraphy

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    Heading Abstract.Our objective was to evaluate, in a routine clinical setting, the role of spiral CT as a second procedure in patients with clinically suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) and abnormal perfusion scan. We prospectively studied the role of spiral CT in 279 patients suspected of PE. All patients started their diagnostic algorithm with chest radiographs and perfusion scintigraphy. Depending on the results of perfusion scintigraphy, patients proceeded to subsequent levels in the algorithm: stop if perfusion scintigraphy was normal; CT and pulmonary angiography if subsegmental perfusion defects were seen; ventilation scintigraphy followed by CT when segmental perfusion defects were seen; and pulmonary angiography in this last group when results of ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy and CT were incongruent. Reference diagnosis was based on normal perfusion scintigraphy, high probability perfusion/ventilation scintigraphy in combination with abnormal CT, or pulmonary angiography. If PE was present, the largest involved branch was noted on pulmonary angiography, or on spiral CT scan in case of a high-probability ventilation/perfusion scan and a positive CT scan. A distinction was made between embolism in a segmental branch or larger, or subsegmental embolism. Two hundred seventy-nine patients had abnormal scintigraphy. In 27 patients spiral CT and/or pulmonary angiography were non-diagnostic and these were excluded for image analysis. Using spiral CT we correctly identified 117 of 135 patients with PE, and 106 of 117 patients without PE. Sensitivity and specificity was therefore 87 and 91%, respectively. Prevalence of PE was 53%. Positive and negative predictive values were, respectively, 91 and 86%. In the high-probability group, sensitivity and specificity increased to 97 and 100%, respectively, with a prevalence of 90%. In the non-high probability-group sensitivity and specificity decreased to 61 and 89%, respectively, with a prevalence of 25%. In a routine

  11. Fatal bilateral lower-limb deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism following single digit replantation.

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    Leung, Anderson S M; Fok, Margaret W M; Fung, Boris K K

    2015-06-01

    Venous thromboembolism in hand surgery is rare. There is no report in the literature on postoperative mortality from venous thromboembolism following microsurgery in upper limbs. We report the case of a 56-year-old Chinese man who died from pulmonary embolism as a result of bilateral lower-limb deep vein thrombosis following prolonged surgery under general anaesthesia after replantation of a finger. This case raises awareness of the need for precautions against venous thromboembolism following prolonged microsurgery and identification of high-risk patients. PMID:26045073

  12. A Rare Cause of Pulmonary Embolism and Seizure in a Young Man: Antiphospholipid Syndrome

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    Lu, Shu-Hsu; Wang, Yi-Chen; Wu, Yi-Shan; Huang, Shih-Chung; Lin, Chin-Sheng

    2016-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a complication of underlying vascular thrombosis. The causes of PE are multi-factorial, and patients with PE present with various symptoms. We herein have presented the case of a 21-year-old man who initially developed palpitation, dyspnea, and seizure. Computed tomography of the chest ultimately indicated PE, and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) was diagnosed with clinical thrombosis events and series presence of antiphospholipid antibodies. APS commonly causes vascular thrombosis within the vascular tree; however, nonthrombotic manifestations, such as seizure, may also occur. Clinicians should be aware of such non-thrombotic manifestations of APS to avoid misdiagnosis and inappropriate management. PMID:27122957

  13. Venous extravasation and polymethylmethacrylate pulmonary embolism following fluoroscopy-guided percutaneous vertebroplasty

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    Percutaneous vertebroplasty has gained widespread popularity and demonstrated clinical efficacy in the treatment of spinal osteoporotic compression fractures and pathologic osteolytic lesions. Despite its rapid pain relief and safety, this minimally invasive intervention has exhibited some rare complications over the past decade. In this case study, we describe a patient with an uncommon complication of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) cement pulmonary embolism following fluoroscopy-guided percutaneous vertebroplasty for treatment of pain associated with an osteoporotic vertebral fracture. We present this case to highlight that vertebroplasty is not risk-free and that knowledge of such potentially severe complication is necessary for prevention and optimal operative outcomes

  14. Ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism; Pulmonale Perfusions- und Ventilationsszintigraphie in der Diagnostik der Lungenarterienembolie

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    Poeppel, T.D. [Universitaetsklinikum Essen, Nuklearmedizinische Klinik, Essen (Germany); Krause, B.J. [Universitaetsklinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Nuklearmedizinische Klinik und Poliklinik, Muenchen (Germany)

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    Diagnosis of venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism is a common clinical problem. Imaging results frequently play a central role in the clinical decision process. This article on nuclear medicine procedures in the diagnosis of suspected pulmonary embolism provides information on pathophysiological basics, commonly used radiopharmaceuticals as well as procedure and interpretation of ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy. (orig.) [German] Die Diagnosestellung einer venoesen Thrombose und Lungenembolie erweist sich klinisch zumeist als schwierig. Die bildgebende Diagnostik stellt dann oftmals die entscheidende Untersuchung im klinischen Entscheidungsprozess dar. Der vorliegende Beitrag zu den nuklearmedizinischen Verfahren in der Diagnostik der Lungenarterienembolie erlaeutert die pathophysiologischen Grundlagen, die verwendeten Radiopharmaka sowie die Durchfuehrung und Interpretation der Perfusions- und Ventilationsszintigraphie. (orig.)

  15. Guidance for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

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    Streiff, Michael B; Agnelli, Giancarlo; Connors, Jean M; Crowther, Mark; Eichinger, Sabine; Lopes, Renato; McBane, Robert D; Moll, Stephan; Ansell, Jack

    2016-01-01

    This guidance document focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Efficient, cost effective diagnosis of VTE is facilitated by combining medical history and physical examination with pre-test probability models, D dimer testing and selective use of confirmatory imaging. Clinical prediction rules, biomarkers and imaging can be used to tailor therapy to disease severity. Anticoagulation options for acute VTE include unfractionated heparin, low molecular weight heparin, fondaparinux and the direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs). DOACs are as effective as conventional therapy with LMWH and vitamin K antagonists. Thrombolytic therapy is reserved for massive pulmonary embolism (PE) or extensive deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Inferior vena cava filters are reserved for patients with acute VTE and contraindications to anticoagulation. Retrievable filters are strongly preferred. The possibility of thoracic outlet syndrome and May-Thurner syndrome should be considered in patients with subclavian/axillary and left common iliac vein DVT, respectively in absence of identifiable triggers. The optimal duration of therapy is dictated by the presence of modifiable thrombotic risk factors. Long term anticoagulation should be considered in patients with unprovoked VTE as well as persistent prothrombotic risk factors such as cancer. Short-term therapy is sufficient for most patients with VTE associated with transient situational triggers such as major surgery. Biomarkers such as D dimer and risk assessment models such the Vienna risk prediction model offer the potential to customize VTE therapy for the individual patient. Insufficient data exist to support the integration of bleeding risk models into duration of therapy planning. PMID:26780738

  16. V/P SPECT as a diagnostic tool for pregnant women with suspected pulmonary embolism

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    Bajc, Marika; Olsson, Berit; Joegi, Jonas [Skaane University Hospital and Lund University, Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine, Lund (Sweden); Gottsaeter, Anders [Skaane University Hospital, Vascular Diseases, Malmoe (Sweden); Hindorf, Cecilia [Skaane University Hospital, Radiation Physics, Lund (Sweden)

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    The purpose of the study was to assess the prevalence of pulmonary embolism (PE) and other lung diseases among pregnant women with suspected PE and to calculate the radiation exposure to patient and fetus in this population. As a secondary aim, we evaluated the negative predictive value of a normal ventilation/perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (V/P SPECT) examination in pregnancy. We studied all 127 pregnant women who had suspected PE and had undergone V/P SPECT at our institution in the course of a 5-year period. Radiation exposure to patient and fetus and the negative predictive value of a normal V/P SPECT examination were also measured. V/P SPECT identified PE in 11 women (9 %). Moreover, in 15 women (12 %) the examination revealed pneumonia (in 2 cases in addition to PE) and in 1 woman signs of airway obstruction were revealed. Among the 116/127 women (91 %) where PE was ruled out by V/P SPECT, none was diagnosed subsequently with PE or deep venous thrombosis (DVT) during the same pregnancy or puerperal period. For P SPECT, the calculated fetal absorbed dose was < 0.6 mGy,and the calculated breast absorbed dose 0.6 mGy. For V SPECT, the calculated fetal absorbed dose was < 0.014 mGy and the breast absorbed dose 0.25 mGy. The prevalence of PE was low (9 %) among pregnant women with suspected disease. Pneumonia was diagnosed in 12 % of patients. The negative predictive value of V/P SPECT was high, and the radiation exposure from V/P SPECT was low both for fetus and patient. (orig.)

  17. V/P SPECT as a diagnostic tool for pregnant women with suspected pulmonary embolism

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    The purpose of the study was to assess the prevalence of pulmonary embolism (PE) and other lung diseases among pregnant women with suspected PE and to calculate the radiation exposure to patient and fetus in this population. As a secondary aim, we evaluated the negative predictive value of a normal ventilation/perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (V/P SPECT) examination in pregnancy. We studied all 127 pregnant women who had suspected PE and had undergone V/P SPECT at our institution in the course of a 5-year period. Radiation exposure to patient and fetus and the negative predictive value of a normal V/P SPECT examination were also measured. V/P SPECT identified PE in 11 women (9 %). Moreover, in 15 women (12 %) the examination revealed pneumonia (in 2 cases in addition to PE) and in 1 woman signs of airway obstruction were revealed. Among the 116/127 women (91 %) where PE was ruled out by V/P SPECT, none was diagnosed subsequently with PE or deep venous thrombosis (DVT) during the same pregnancy or puerperal period. For P SPECT, the calculated fetal absorbed dose was < 0.6 mGy,and the calculated breast absorbed dose 0.6 mGy. For V SPECT, the calculated fetal absorbed dose was < 0.014 mGy and the breast absorbed dose 0.25 mGy. The prevalence of PE was low (9 %) among pregnant women with suspected disease. Pneumonia was diagnosed in 12 % of patients. The negative predictive value of V/P SPECT was high, and the radiation exposure from V/P SPECT was low both for fetus and patient. (orig.)

  18. Detection of pulmonary embolism with gadolinium-enhanced dual energy CT: an experimental study

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    Objective: To evaluate the feasibility of gadolinium-enhanced dual energy CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in detecting pulmonary embolism (PE). Methods: In vitro dual energy CT of phantoms of gadolinium and iodinated contrast agents with different diluted ratio was performed, and CT values were measured at different tube voltages. Ten rabbits which were grouped into 3 ml/kg and 5 ml/kg groups underwent dual energy CT scan. CT values of pulmonary artery trunk and the first branch of pulmonary artery were measured. Sponge gelatin were injected into the femoral vein of 6 rabbits to make PE model next day, then lungs were re-imaged with dual energy CT 2 h after embolization. Creatinine was repeatedly measured before and one day after injection of gadolinium via ear marginal vein or femoral vein sampling.One-way ANOVA test and independent student t test were used to analyze the difference of pulmonary artery enhancement between different groups. Results: (1) Compared with iodinated contrast agent, CT value of gadolinium-based contrast agent at 80 kV was higher than those at 140 kV and average-weighted 120 kV. (2) At 140, 80, and average weighted 120 kV, CT values of pulmonary artery trunk [CT values were (463.1 ± 118.0), (664.2 ± 188.0), (522.9 ± 137.7) HU] and of the first branch of pulmonary artery [ CT values were (445.1 ± 82.3), (606.7 ± 207.2), (493.4 ± 117.3) HU] were higher than those at 3 ml/kg [CT value of pulmonary artery trunk was (258.1 ± 55.1), (384.0 ± 92.3), (295.4 ± 73.6) HU, CT value of the first branch of pulmonary artery (245.0 ± 73.2), (309.1 ± 94.2), (263.8 ±78.5) HU; all P<0.05]. CT values of pulmonary artery trunk and the first branch of pulmonary artery at 80 kV were higher than those at 140 kV and average-weighted 120 kV (pulmonary artery trunk: F=6.004, P=0.005; the first branch of pulmonary artery: F=4.374, P=0.018). In 6 rabbits, CTPA showed the enhancement cut-off of bilateral pulmonary arteries, gadolinium mapping showed

  19. High risk of pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis but not of stroke in granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's)

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    Faurschou, Mikkel; Obel, Niels; Baslund, Bo

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    OBJECTIVE: To assess the incidence of stroke, pulmonary embolism (PE), and deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's) (GPA). METHODS: Patients diagnosed with GPA at a Danish tertiary care center during 1993-2011 were identified (n = 180). Each patient was matched...... with 19 population controls (n = 3,420). Information on hospitalizations for stroke, PE, and DVT was obtained from the Danish National Hospital Register. The occurrence of vascular events in the GPA cohort was compared with that in the control group by calculation of incidence rate ratios (IRRs). RESULTS......: The median duration of followup was 7.2 years (interquartile range 3.1-11.7 years) in the GPA cohort. Within the first 2 years following the diagnosis of vasculitis, the incidences of PE and DVT were substantially increased among the patients (IRR 25.7 [95% confidence interval (95% CI) 6.9-96] for PE and IRR...

  20. Medical image of the week: saddle pulmonary embolism

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    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. A 66-year-old woman with recent history of left knee surgery and L2-L5 spinal fusion within the past month presented to the Emergency Department (ED with pleuritic chest pain and shortness of breath for three days. On admission, reported crushing diffuse substernal chest pain worsened to 10/10 on the pain scale on the day of presentation. In the ED, physical examination was remarkable for tachycardia, tachypnea, diaphoresis and hypotension. Initial electrocardiogram was significant for sinus tachycardia with S1Q3T3 pattern. thoracic computed tomography angiogram (CTA showed saddle pulmonary embolus (PE with extension into segmental vasculature, right greater than left (Figure 1. A bedside echocardiogram demonstrated diastolic and systolic bowing of the intraventricular septum into the left ventricle. An emergent trans-thoracic echocardiogram confirmed flattened septum consistent with right ventricle pressure overload with right ventricular systolic pressure of 55 mmHg + central venous pressure (CVP and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction of 38%. Her ...

  1. Assessment of anemia during CT pulmonary angiography

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    Objectives: Anemia is associated with increased mortality in patients with acute symptomatic pulmonary embolism (PE). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of Hounsfield unit (HU) measurements on the single unenhanced trigger slice of pulmonary CT angiography scans for diagnosis of anemia. Material and Methods: 150 consecutive patients (median age 64 ± 16 years) with suspected PE underwent pulmonary CT angiography. Two radiologists, blinded to laboratory results, performed HU measurements in the single unenhanced trigger scan independently by region-based analysis (ROI). HU values from ascending and descending aorta and the calculated mean of both were correlated with serum hemoglobin levels. Inter- and intraobserver variability was determined for HU measurements, and ROC analysis was performed for diagnosis of anemia. Calculated linear models were used to assess formulas for estimation of hemoglobin levels from HU measurements. Results: HU measurements revealed high intra- and interrater reliability (ICC > 0.981 and ICC > 0.965, respectively). Calculated mean HU values showed a strong correlation with serum hemoglobin levels (r = 0.734), which allowed generation of different formulas for calculation of hemoglobin levels from HU measurements. ROC analyses confirmed a high sensitivity (80.4 for men; 91.3 for women) and specificity (84.0 for men; 84.9 for women) for diagnosing anemia. Conclusion: Diagnosis of anemia and quantification of hemoglobin levels upon a single unenhanced trigger scan of pulmonary CT angiography is feasible. We suggest disclosing the anemic state in the radiological report, independent of the presence of PE, since anemia carries increased risks of morbidity and mortality.

  2. Assessment of anemia during CT pulmonary angiography

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    Jung, Caroline, E-mail: cjung@uke.de [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Eppendorf, Martinistrasse 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Groth, Michael; Bley, Thorsten A.; Henes, Frank O. [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Eppendorf, Martinistrasse 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Treszl, András [Department of Medical Biometry and Epidemiology, University Hospital Eppendorf, Martinistrasse 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Adam, Gerhard; Bannas, Peter [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Eppendorf, Martinistrasse 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany)

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    Objectives: Anemia is associated with increased mortality in patients with acute symptomatic pulmonary embolism (PE). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of Hounsfield unit (HU) measurements on the single unenhanced trigger slice of pulmonary CT angiography scans for diagnosis of anemia. Material and Methods: 150 consecutive patients (median age 64 ± 16 years) with suspected PE underwent pulmonary CT angiography. Two radiologists, blinded to laboratory results, performed HU measurements in the single unenhanced trigger scan independently by region-based analysis (ROI). HU values from ascending and descending aorta and the calculated mean of both were correlated with serum hemoglobin levels. Inter- and intraobserver variability was determined for HU measurements, and ROC analysis was performed for diagnosis of anemia. Calculated linear models were used to assess formulas for estimation of hemoglobin levels from HU measurements. Results: HU measurements revealed high intra- and interrater reliability (ICC > 0.981 and ICC > 0.965, respectively). Calculated mean HU values showed a strong correlation with serum hemoglobin levels (r = 0.734), which allowed generation of different formulas for calculation of hemoglobin levels from HU measurements. ROC analyses confirmed a high sensitivity (80.4 for men; 91.3 for women) and specificity (84.0 for men; 84.9 for women) for diagnosing anemia. Conclusion: Diagnosis of anemia and quantification of hemoglobin levels upon a single unenhanced trigger scan of pulmonary CT angiography is feasible. We suggest disclosing the anemic state in the radiological report, independent of the presence of PE, since anemia carries increased risks of morbidity and mortality.

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

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

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

  4. Effectiveness of embolization for management of hemoptysis pulmonary tuberculosis: comparison of chest radiographic study and angiography

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    To compare the effectiveness of embolization of the bronchial artery embolization for the management of hemoptysis in pulmonary tuberculosis cases with the severity of lung parenchymal injury and pleural infiltration, as seen on plain chest radiographs, and with the findings of angiography of the branchial artery. Among 265 patients with hemoptysis due to pulmonary tuberculosis, the findings of plain chest radiography and angiography of the bronchial artery were comparatively analyzed in the 206 for whom the results of follow up were available. The chest radiographin findings were classified as follows: Type I refers to simple pulmonary tuberculosis; Type II includes cases in which pulmonary tuberculosis is complicated by bronchiectasis, aspergillosis, or cavitation; Type III si either Types I or II acompainted by pleural in filtrates limited to the lung apex, and Type IV includes cases in which pleural infiltrates have extended beyond the apex in the whole the lung. Bronchial angiographic findings were divided into four groups: Group I consists of cases which show abnormalities of only the bronchial artery; Group II includes those in which abnormalities are seen in the bronchial artery and either the internal mammary or an intercostal artery; Group III comprises cases which belong to Group I or II and which a bronch of the subclavian artery is abnormal, and Group IV includes those in which abnormalities occur in at least two branches of the subclavian artery, or there is direct visualization of hypervascularity of this vessel. The initial post-embolic hemostatic effect and the results of follow up were studied over a six-month period. As compared with simple pulmonary tuberculosis (Type I), we found that as the severity of pleural infiltration and complications revealed by plain chest radiographs increased (Type II, III, IV), so did the severity of the manifestation of systemic collateral arteries other than the bronchial artery, as depicted by increased on

  5. A large un-ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm causing pulmonary embolism.

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    Sajjad, Jahangir; Ahmed, Abubakr; Coveney, Andrew; Fulton, Gregory

    2015-01-01

    A 79 years old woman presented in a peripheral hospital with dyspnea, right-sided pleuritic chest pain and cough for 3 days. On examination, she was tachycardiac and tachypneic. She had reduced air entry bilaterally on auscultation. Computed tomography-pulmonary angiogram, performed in peripheral Hospital, confirmed the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism, and she was commenced on warfarin. Ultrasonography showed no evidence of deep venous thrombosis in legs; however, ultrasound of the abdomen revealed an aortic aneurysm. She was hemodynamically stable on transfer to vascular surgery department, and her complete clinical examination revealed a pulsatile mass in the central abdomen. Computed tomography angiogram of aorta showed 8.7-cm abdominal aortic aneurysm. Venogram performed during inferior vena cava (IVC) filter insertion showed that IVC was displaced and compressed due to this large aortic aneurysm, causing thromboembolism. An open repair of the aneurysm was performed with uneventful recovery. PMID:26205717

  6. Incidental Findings in Patients Evaluated for Pulmonary Embolism Using Computed Tomography Angiography

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    Masoud Pezeshki Rad

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Pulmonary embolism (PE is a common lethal disease that its clinical symptoms may be seen in many other diseases. Computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA is a valuable diagnostic modality for detection of PE. In addition, it can accurately detect the other diseases with clinical symptoms similar to PE. The aim of this study is to evaluate the frequency of PE and nonembolic disease with similar clinical symptoms including pulmonary, pleural, mediastinal, and cardiovascular diseases that have been detected by CTPA and to describe the importance of reporting these CT findings. Materials and Methods: In this cross‐sectional study, we evaluated the medical records of CTPA in 300 patients of suspected PE between March 2012 and February 2013 in Imam Reza Hospital and Ghaem Hospital in Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran. Demographic information and the results of CTPA of these patients were re‐evaluated. One radiologist reviewed all of the CTPA and the results have been analyzed by SPSS‐16 software. Results: In this study, PE was detected in 18.7% of patients. Multiple incidental imaging findings were diagnosed as follow: pulmonary consolidation (33.2%, pleural effusion (48.7%, pulmonary nodules (10%, pulmonary masses (1.3%, pneumothorax (4.7%, mediastinal mass and lymphadenopathy (9.3%, aortic calcification (42%, coronary arteries calcification (27.3%, mitral valve calcification (2 %, cardiomegaly (30.7%, and the evidences of right ventricular dysfunction (6.7%. Conclusion: A group of disease can cause the clinical symptoms similar to that of PE. Among them, pulmonary consolidation and pleural effusion have much higher frequency than PE. In addition, CTPA can show pathologic findings in the patients that need follow‐up. It is important to detect and report these imaging findings because some of them may change the treatment and prognosis of patient who are suspected to have PE.

  7. Titanium greenfield inferior vena cava filter; effectiveness of percutaneous placement for prevention of pulmonary embolism

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    Jeong, Bong Gak; Hahn, Seong Tai; Jung, Jung Im; Lee, Sang Hoon; Koh, Ki Young; Park, Seog Hee; Shinn, Kyung Sub [The Catholic Univ. of Korea, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2000-11-01

    To evaluate the effectiveness of percutaneous placement of a Greenfield titanium filter in the inferior vena cava (IVC) for the prevention of pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Twelve patients with DVT underwent percutaneous Greenfield titanium filter placement. The indications included recurrent pulmonary embolism or failed anticoagulation therapy in six patients, extensive PE in three, and prophylaxis for high risk of PE in the remaining three. In all cases the filter was positioned after confirming the anatomy, patency, and presence of thrombosis of the IVC and renal veins by inferior vena cavography. Long-term follow-up study involved clinical evaluation, plain radiography, Doppler ultrasonography and CT scanning. Filter placement [infrarenal in ten patients (83%) and suprarenal in two (17%)] was technically successful in all cases (100%). The venous approach involved the right femoral vein in eight patients (67%) and the right internal jugular vein in four (33%). Complications included overlapping of the filter legs in three patients (25%), and misplacement in one (8%). After filter placement, no further PE developed. In all of five patients followed up for two years, the IVC maintained patency without evidence of caval perforation or occlusion. In patients with DVT, percutaneous placement of a Greenfield titanium filter is a safe and effective method for the prevention of PE.

  8. Titanium greenfield inferior vena cava filter; effectiveness of percutaneous placement for prevention of pulmonary embolism

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    To evaluate the effectiveness of percutaneous placement of a Greenfield titanium filter in the inferior vena cava (IVC) for the prevention of pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Twelve patients with DVT underwent percutaneous Greenfield titanium filter placement. The indications included recurrent pulmonary embolism or failed anticoagulation therapy in six patients, extensive PE in three, and prophylaxis for high risk of PE in the remaining three. In all cases the filter was positioned after confirming the anatomy, patency, and presence of thrombosis of the IVC and renal veins by inferior vena cavography. Long-term follow-up study involved clinical evaluation, plain radiography, Doppler ultrasonography and CT scanning. Filter placement [infrarenal in ten patients (83%) and suprarenal in two (17%)] was technically successful in all cases (100%). The venous approach involved the right femoral vein in eight patients (67%) and the right internal jugular vein in four (33%). Complications included overlapping of the filter legs in three patients (25%), and misplacement in one (8%). After filter placement, no further PE developed. In all of five patients followed up for two years, the IVC maintained patency without evidence of caval perforation or occlusion. In patients with DVT, percutaneous placement of a Greenfield titanium filter is a safe and effective method for the prevention of PE

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

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

    2008-05-15

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

  10. Bihemispheric Paradoxical Cerebral Embolism in a Patient with Pulmonary Thromboembolism and Presumptive Fistula Right-to-Left Shunt.

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    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

  11. Large diverticulum of the urinary bladder: A rare cause of deep vein thrombosis with consecutive pulmonary embolism

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    2015-01-01

    A 73-year-old man was admitted with progressive dyspnea; he also had benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). An angio computed tomography scan showed pulmonary embolism with thrombi in both main pulmonary arteries. By duplex ultrasonography, we detected a thrombus in the right vena femoralis superficialis and vena femoralis communis. Simultaneously, we also noticed a large diverticulum on the right side of the urinary bladder and urinary stasis II of the left kidney. We consider the BPH as the tr...

  12. A study on the relationship between deep vein thrombosis of lower extremities and pulmonary embolism

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    Objective: To evaluate the relationship between deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) and the origin of PE. Methods: Fifty normal people and 200 patients with highly suspected PE and DVT of lower extremities underwent pulmonary perfusion/ventilation (P/V) imaging with 99Tcm-macroaggregated albumin (MAA) and 99Tcm-glucose phosphate (GP), 15 patients among them also underwent pulmonary artery angiography. Results: Fifty normal people gave normal images of P/V. Among 200 patients, 175 were with multiple PE, 25 were normal; among PE patients, 128 were with lower extremity venous disorders (73.14%), 25 cases without PE were all with extremity venous disorders; among 153 with lower extremity venous diseases, 128 were with PE (83.66%); 119 of them had DVT, 101 cases' PEs originated from iliofemoral vein thrombosis (84.87%). Conclusion: It is effective to diagnosis PE and its origin with combinative use of pulmonary perfusion/ventilation imaging and lower extremity vein imaging

  13. DIFFICULT WEANING AFTER PULMONARY ENDARTERECTOMY FO R CHRONIC PULMONARY EMBOLISM: A CASE REPORT

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    Melchisedec; Sheetal; Bedi; Valsa; Anish G.

    2013-01-01

    SUMMARY: A 33 yrs old male presented with dyspnea on exertion since 6yrs was diagnosed to have chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (C TEPH) for which he underwent pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA) using deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA). After the operation the patient developed reperfusion edema and hypoxaemia because of which patient had delayed weaning from mechanical ventilation.

  14. Age-related incidence of pulmonary embolism and additional pathologic findings detected by computed tomography pulmonary angiography

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    Groth, M., E-mail: groth.michael@googlemail.com [Center for Radiology and Endoscopy, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Henes, F.O., E-mail: f.henes@uke.uni-hamburg.de [Center for Radiology and Endoscopy, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Mayer, U., E-mail: mayer@uke.uni-hamburg.de [Emergency Department, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Regier, M., E-mail: m.regier@uke.uni-hamburg.de [Center for Radiology and Endoscopy, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Adam, G., E-mail: g.adam@uke.uni-hamburg.de [Center for Radiology and Endoscopy, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany); Begemann, P.G.C., E-mail: p.begemann@me.com [Center for Radiology and Endoscopy, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg (Germany)

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    Objective: To compare the incidence of pulmonary embolism (PE) and additional pathologic findings (APF) detected by computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) according to different age-groups. Materials and methods: 1353 consecutive CTPA cases for suspected PE were retrospectively reviewed. Patients were divided into seven age groups: {<=}29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and {>=}80 years. Differences between the groups were tested using Fisher's exact or chi-square test. A p-value < 0.0024 indicated statistical significance when Bonferroni correction was used. Results: Incidence rates of PE ranged from 11.4% to 25.4% in different age groups. The three main APF were pleural effusion, pneumonia and pulmonary nodules. No significant difference was found between the incidences of PE in different age groups. Furthermore, APF in different age groups revealed no significant differences (all p-values > 0.0024). Conclusion: The incidences of PE and APF detected by CTPA reveal no significant differences between various age groups.

  15. Pulmonary embolism: is scintigraphy useful after initial angio-CT?; Embolie pulmonaire: la scintigraphie pulmonaire est-elle utile en seconde intention?

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    Paul, J.P.; Fiessinger, J.N.; Hernigou, A.; Sapoval, M.; Emmerich, J.; Gaux, J.C. [Hopital Broussais, Service de Radiologie Vasculaire, 75 - Paris (France)

    2000-08-01

    Purpose. To assess the value of ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy. after an initial helical CT with absence of pulmonary embolism (PE). Material and methods. Twenty eight consecutive patients with clinical suspicion of pulmonary embolism underwent helical CT scan to look for an intra-luminal clot. When the CT-scan was positive for PE, diagnosis was retained. If the result was negative, a ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy was performed. If the result was also negative, diagnosis of PE was excluded. In case of discrepancy, a pulmonary angiography was performed and used as gold-standard. Results. Twenty-one patients showed PE at CT-angio and 7 did not. Two of these 7 had normal or low probability scintigraphy, excluding diagnosis of PE. One had intermediate V/P scan and 4 had high probability V/P scan. For these 5 discrepancies, none of them had PE on angiography. Conclusion. In this population, scintigraphy was not appropriate after a negative CT-angio for PE. In case of persistent doubt after a normal initial helical CT, pulmonary angiography is required. (author)

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

  17. Bullet embolism of pulmonary artery: a case report; Embolia pulmonar por projetil de arma de fogo: relato de caso

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    Yamanari, Mauricio Gustavo Ieiri; Mansur, Maria Clara Dias; Kay, Fernando Uliana; Silverio, Paulo Rogerio Barboza; Jayanthi, Shri Krishna; Funari, Marcelo Buarque de Gusmao, E-mail: mauriciogustavo91@yahoo.com.br [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IHC-FMUSP), SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Hospital das Clinicas

    2014-03-15

    The authors report the case of a patient victim of gunshots, with a very rare complication: venous bullet embolism from the left external iliac vein to the lingular segment of the left pulmonary artery. Diagnosis is made with whole-body radiography or computed tomography. Digital angiography is reserved for supplementary diagnosis or to be used as a therapeutic procedure. (author)

  18. Catheter-Related Right Atrial Thrombus and Pulmonary Embolism: A Case Report and Systematic Review of the Literature

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    Karen EA Burns

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Central venous catheters (CVCs are commonly used in clinical practice. One of the foremost complications associated with their use is the potential for symptomatic or asymptomatic thrombosis. CVC thrombosis, in turn, may not only result in vascular and catheter occlusion but also infection, pulmonary embolism, and formation of right heart thromboemboli. Thrombi within cardiac chambers are associated with an increased risk of mortality due to their potential for embolization to the pulmonary vasculature. We describe the case of a 77-year-old man, who was successfully thrombolyzed following detection of a right atrial thrombus and hemodynamically significant pulmonary embolism resulting from thrombus formation on the tip of a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC. The present article is the first report of a PICC-related right atrial thrombus in an adult treated with thrombolysis. A systematic review of the literature suggests that the true incidence of this complication may be underestimated because the diagnosis may not be considered in asymptomatic and symptomatic patients, or may be missed by transthoracic echocardiography. The present case highlights the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion for thromboembolic complications and heparin-induced thrombocytopenia in patients with CVCs or a PICC. It also underscores the important role of transesophageal echocardiography and thrombolysis in the diagnosis and management, respectively, of right heart thromboemboli with associated pulmonary embolism.

  19. Invasive hemodynamic assessment of pulmonary hypertension

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    Pagnamenta, Alberto

    2015-01-01

    The diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension requires an invasive confirmation of an elevated mean pulmonary artery pressure during a right heart catheterization. The present thesis reviews the invasive hemodynamic approaches to assess the functional state of the pulmonary circulation and its impact on right ventricular function in pulmonary vascular diseases. Pulmonary vascular resistance is better characterized by multi-point pressure/flow measurements. The occlusion analysis of the pulmonary ar...

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

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    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

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

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

    2012-12-15

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

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

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    Tanus-Santos, Jose E; Theodorakis, Michael J

    2002-01-01

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

  3. Pulmonary dysanapsis and diving assessments.

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    Ong, Lin Min; Bennett, Michael H; Thomas, Paul S

    2009-01-01

    Airway obstruction is a relative contraindication to diving. Dive candidates are assessed clinically, and lung function tests evaluate variables such as forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) and the FEV1/FVC ratio. A small number of individuals have a normal FEV1, but a disproportionately large lung capacity, or pulmonary dysanapsis. These individuals have a decreased FEV1/FVC ratio, suggesting airway obstruction, which may affect their dive medical assessments. Three cases of pulmonary dysanapsis presented for fitness-to-dive assessment. Case 1, a 29-year-old male had an FEV1: 3.52 L (85% predicted), FVC: 5.31 L (108.5% predicted), giving a FEV1/FVC of 66%. Case 2, a 25-year-old male with an FEV1: 4.55 L (95% predicted), FVC: 7.0 L (121% predicted) and a FEV1/FVC of 66%. Albuterol produced an FEV1 increase of 11%, but his hypertonic saline challenge was negative. Case 3, a 61-year-old man had an FEV1: 3.49 L (126% predicted), FVC: 7.06 L (216% predicted), and a FEV1/FVC of 49%. This report highlights pulmonary dysanapsis which may be confused with obstructive airway disease and applicants deemed unfit to dive. While pulmonary dysanapsis may increase the risk of airway hyperresponsiveness, there is no evidence of an association with diving-related pulmonary barotrauma. PMID:20112528

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

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    Zhou Yin

    2015-01-01

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

  5. Long-term follow-up of protection efficacy of vena cava filters in the prevention of pulmonary embolism

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    Objective: To analyze the protection efficacy of the vena cava filter from pulmonary thromboembolism and report the problems and complications after filter placement. Methods: Fifty-five Vena Tech-LGM filters (VTF) and 6 Titanium-Greenfield filters (TGF) were placed in 61 patients. Follow-up was obtained by means of duplex sonography of the inferior vena cava and abdominal radiography in 38 patients, and by means of computed tomography in 11 patients. Results: One case of pulmonary embolism was seen following filter placement. Filter thrombosis occurred in 9 cases. There had been 1 case of incomplete filter opening and one case of filter tilting. Filter migration was noted in 1 case. Conclusion: This experience suggests that vena cava filter is safe and effective for the prevention of pulmonary embolism. A vena cava filter should only be inserted in a patient when there is strict proof of the indication

  6. The value of lung ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy in monitoring therapeutic effects in pulmonary embolism

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    Objective: Lung ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy was an effective way in the evaluation of therapeutic effects of anticoagulation and thrombolysis for pulmonary embolism (PE). Methods: Lung 99Tcm-Technegas ventilation and 99Tcm-macro-aggregated albumin (MAA) perfusion scintigraphy was performed before and after treatment and repeated in different observation period in 65 cases with PE. Results: Among 296 abnormal pulmonary segment in 44 cases with PE, 106 segments (35.8%) were found back to normal after anticoagulation treatment for 1.5 years, with 69 (23.3%) improved and 121 (40.9%) no change. Among 165 abnormal pulmonary segments in 21 cases with PE, 85 segments (51.5%) were normal after anticoagulation and thrombolysis treatment, with 29 improved (17.6%) and 51 no change (30.9%). The statistical significant difference was found in patients treated with anticoagulation, anticoagulation and thrombolysis after 7 and 14 d, respectively (χ2=8.79 and 56.31, P<0.05 and <0.01). Conclusion: Lung V/Q scintigraphy has great value in monitoring the therapeutic effects of anticoagulation and thrombolysis. (authors)

  7. Parenchymal and pleural findings in pulmonary embolism visualized by multi-channel detector computed tomography

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    Background: A normal computed tomography (CT) scan of the pulmonary arteries in the presence of parenchymal and pleural abnormalities may indicate a false-negative diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE). Multi-channel detector CT (MDCT) with thinner collimation may improve the detection of small peripheral PEs causing such abnormalities. Purpose: To investigate parenchymal and pleural findings visualized by contrast-enhanced MDCT in patients with and without PE, and to identify possible predictors of PE. Material and Methods: 129 patients with clinical signs of PE were included. In all patients an iopromide-enhanced 64-MDCT (64x0.625 mm collimation, pitch 1.375, overlapping reconstruction with a slice thickness of 0.625 mm, increment of overlapping slice reconstruction 0.43) was performed within 24 h after the onset of the symptoms. Results: MDCT detected PE in 45 of the 129 patients (35%). PE and parenchymal/pleural findings were localized predominantly within the lower lobes. Wedge-shaped opacities were significantly associated with PE (OR =3.00; 95% confidence interval 1.13-7.91). Vascular signs were only visualized in patients with PE. Nodules, consolidations, atelectasis, or effusions were not predictive of PE. Conclusion: The present MDCT study verified that parenchymal and pleural findings can be found in patients with or without PE. Wedge-shaped opacities and vascular signs were significantly associated with PE and therefore can be potential predictors of PE. Keywords Parenchymal findings, vascular signs, pulmonary arteries

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  9. Lung scintigraphy in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism: current methods and interpretation criteria in clinical practice

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    In current clinical practice lung scintigraphy is mainly used to exclude pulmonary embolism (PE). Modified diagnostic criteria for planar lung scintigraphy are considered, as newer scitigraphic methods, especially single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) are becoming more popular. Data of 98 outpatients who underwent planar ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy and 49 outpatients who underwent V/Q SPECT from the emergency department (ED) were retrospectively collected. Planar V/Q images were interpreted according to 0.5 segment mismatch criteria and revised PIOPED II criteria and perfusion scans according to PISA-PED criteria. V/Q SPECT images were interpreted according to the criteria suggested in EANM guidelines. Final diagnosis of PE was based on the clinical decision of an attending physician and evaluation of a 12 months follow-up period. Using 0.5 segment mismatch criteria and revised PIOPED II, planar V/Q scans were diagnostic in 93% and 84% of cases, respectively. Among the diagnostic planar scans readings specificity for 0.5 segment mismatch criteria was 98%, and 99% for revised PIOPED II criteria. V/Q SPECT showed a sensitivity of 100% and a specificity of 98%, without any non-diagnostic cases. In patients with low pretest probability for PE, planar V/Q scans assessed by 0.5 segment mismatch criteria were diagnostic in 92%, and in 85% using revised PIOPED II criteria, while perfusion scintigraphy without ventilation scans was diagnostic in 80%. Lung scintigraphy yielded diagnostically definitive results and is reliable in ruling out PE in patients from ED. V/Q SPECT has excellent specificity and sensitivity without any non-diagnostic results. Percentage of non-diagnostic results in planar lung scintigraphy is considerably smaller when 0.5 segment mismatch criteria instead of revised PIOPED II criteria are used. Diagnostic value of perfusion scintigraphy according to PISA-PED criteria is inferior to combined V/Q scintigraphy; the difference is

  10. Functional images of regional ventilation perfusion ratios (V/Q) with krypton 81M in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (P.E.)

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    A quantitative analysis of perfusion and ventilation scan with 81m Kr by the computation of a physiological parameter V/Q is reported. Such a quantitative analysis provides a simple tool for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (P.E.) when the accuracy of visual assessment of combined ventilation and perfusion scan is low. It may be useful to discriminate patients with P.E. from patients with chronic obstructive lung disease (C.O.P.D.) on the basis of V/R distribution and values

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

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    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)

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    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. Quantitative evaluation of cardiopulmonary functional reserve in treated patients with pulmonary embolism

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    YAN Wen-wen; WANG Le-min; CHE Lin; SONG Hao-ming; JIANG Jin-fa; XU Jia-hong; SHEN Yu-qin; ZHANG Qi-ping

    2012-01-01

    Background There is no research,either at home or abroad,focusing on assessing the cardiopulmonary functional reserve and exercise tolerance in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE),but the benefits of early exercise are well recognized.The goals of this study were to assess cardiopulmonary functional reserve in treated PE patients using the inert gas rebreathing method of the cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET),and to compare it with traditional methods.Methods CPET on the bicycle ergometer were performed in 40 patients with age,gender,body mass index,systolic blood pressure,and pulmonary function matched.The first group was the PE group composed of 16 PE patients (5 male,11 female) who were given the standard antithrombotic therapy for two weeks.The second group was composed of 24 normal individuals (10 male,14 female).Both groups were evaluated by cardiac ultrasound examination,6-minute walking test (6MVVT),and CPET.Results (1) Right ventricular systolic pressure (RVSP) in the PE group increased significantly compared to the control group,(34.81±8.15) mmHg to (19.75±3.47) mmHg (P <0.01).But neither right atrial end-systolic diameter (RASD) nor right ventricular end-diastolic diameter (RVDD) in the PE patients had changed when compared with the controls.The 6-minute walk distance was significantly reduced in the PE patients compared with normal subjects,(447.81±79.20) m vs.(513.75±31.45) m (P <0.01).Both anaerobic threshold oxygen consumption (VO2AT) and peak oxygen consumption (VO2peak) were significantly lower in patients with PE,while CO2 equivalent ventilation (VE/VCO2 slope) was higher;VO2AT (9.44±3.82) ml·kg1.min-1 vs.(14.62±2.93) ml.kg-1.min-1 (P <0.01) and VO2peak (12.26±4.06) ml.kg-1.min-1 vs.(23.46±6.15) ml.kg-1.min-1 (P <0.01) and VE/VCO2 slope 35.47±6.66 vs.26.94±3.16 (P <0.01).There was no significant difference in resting cardiac output (CO) between the PE and normal groups,whereas peak cardiac output (peak CO)and the

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

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

  14. Computer-aided detection of pulmonary embolism at CT pulmonary angiography: can it improve performance of inexperienced readers?

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    Blackmon, Kevin N.; McCain, Joshua W.; Koonce, James D.; Costello, Philip [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); Florin, Charles; Bogoni, Luca; Salganicoff, Marcos [Siemens AG, H IM SYNGO CAD Research and Development, Malvern, PA (United States); Lee, Heon [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); Seoul Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Bastarrika, Gorka [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); University of Navarra, Department of Radiology, Pamplona (Spain); Thilo, Christian; Joseph Schoepf, U. [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); Medical University of South Carolina, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Charleston, SC (United States)

    2011-06-15

    To evaluate the effect of a computer-aided detection (CAD) algorithm on the performance of novice readers for detection of pulmonary embolism (PE) at CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA). We included CTPA examinations of 79 patients (50 female, 52 {+-} 18 years). Studies were evaluated by two independent inexperienced readers who marked all vessels containing PE. After 3 months all studies were reevaluated by the same two readers, this time aided by CAD prototype. A consensus read by three expert radiologists served as the reference standard. Statistical analysis used {chi}{sup 2} and McNemar testing. Expert consensus revealed 119 PEs in 32 studies. For PE detection, the sensitivity of CAD alone was 78%. Inexperienced readers' initial interpretations had an average per-PE sensitivity of 50%, which improved to 71% (p < 0.001) with CAD as a second reader. False positives increased from 0.18 to 0.25 per study (p = 0.03). Per-study, the readers initially detected 27/32 positive studies (84%); with CAD this number increased to 29.5 studies (92%; p = 0.125). Our results suggest that CAD significantly improves the sensitivity of PE detection for inexperienced readers with a small but appreciable increase in the rate of false positives. (orig.)

  15. Computer-aided detection of pulmonary embolism at CT pulmonary angiography: can it improve performance of inexperienced readers?

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    To evaluate the effect of a computer-aided detection (CAD) algorithm on the performance of novice readers for detection of pulmonary embolism (PE) at CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA). We included CTPA examinations of 79 patients (50 female, 52 ± 18 years). Studies were evaluated by two independent inexperienced readers who marked all vessels containing PE. After 3 months all studies were reevaluated by the same two readers, this time aided by CAD prototype. A consensus read by three expert radiologists served as the reference standard. Statistical analysis used χ2 and McNemar testing. Expert consensus revealed 119 PEs in 32 studies. For PE detection, the sensitivity of CAD alone was 78%. Inexperienced readers' initial interpretations had an average per-PE sensitivity of 50%, which improved to 71% (p < 0.001) with CAD as a second reader. False positives increased from 0.18 to 0.25 per study (p = 0.03). Per-study, the readers initially detected 27/32 positive studies (84%); with CAD this number increased to 29.5 studies (92%; p = 0.125). Our results suggest that CAD significantly improves the sensitivity of PE detection for inexperienced readers with a small but appreciable increase in the rate of false positives. (orig.)

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

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    2015-01-01

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

  17. Intravenous Immunoglobulin-Induced Pulmonary Embolism: It Is Time to Act!

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    Bilal, Jawad; Riaz, Irbaz B; Hill, Jennifer L; Zangeneh, Tirdad T

    2016-01-01

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common clinical problem affecting 600,000 patients per year in the United States. Although the diagnosis can be easily confirmed by imaging techniques, such as computed tomographic angiography of the chest, the identification of underlying mechanism leading to PE is important for appropriate duration of anticoagulation, and prevention of subsequent episodes. The differential diagnosis of underlying mechanism is broad and must include careful review of medication history. Drug-related thromboembolic disease can be easily missed and may have catastrophic consequences. The identification of the culprit drug is important for prevention of subsequent episodes and choosing appropriate duration of anticoagulation. We report a case of a middle-aged man who developed PE after administration of intravenous immunoglobulin. PMID:26164024

  18. Ventilation/Perfusion SPECT for Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism and Other Diseases

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available V/PSPECT has the potential to become a first hand tool for diagnosis of pulmonary embolism based on standardized technology and new holistic interpretation criteria. Pretest probability helps clinicians choose the most appropriate objective test for diagnosis or exclusion of PE. Interpretation should also take into account all ventilation and perfusion patterns allowing diagnosis of other cardiopulmonary diseases than PE. In such contexts, V/PSPECT has excellent sensitivity and specificity. Nondiagnostic reports are ≤3%. V/PSPECT has no contraindication; it is noninvasive and has very low radiation exposure. Moreover, acquisition time for V/PSPECT is only 20 minutes. It allows quantification of PE extension which has an impact on individual treatment. It is uniquely useful for followup and research.

  19. Pulmonary Hemorrhagic Infarction due to Fat Embolism and Thromboembolism after Maxillofacial Plastic Surgery: a Rare Case Report

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    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.

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

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

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

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    2013-01-01

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

  2. A nationwide, retrospective analysis of symptoms, comorbidities, medical care and autopsy findings in cases of fatal pulmonary embolism in younger patients

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    Haunsø, S; Theilade, J; Winkel, B G; Holst, A G; Tfelt-Hansen, J; Svendsen, J H; Haunsø, Stig

    2010-01-01

    Our objective was to provide a comprehensive description of fatal pulmonary embolism (PE) in younger persons. Specifically, we recorded information on symptoms, comorbidity, medical contact, if this had been required, and subsequent autopsy findings.......Our objective was to provide a comprehensive description of fatal pulmonary embolism (PE) in younger persons. Specifically, we recorded information on symptoms, comorbidity, medical contact, if this had been required, and subsequent autopsy findings....

  3. Automated interpretation of ventilation-perfusion lung scintigrams for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism using artificial neural networks

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    The purpose of this study was to develop a completely automated method for the interpretation of ventilation-perfusion (V-P) lung scintigrams used in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. An artificial neural network was trained for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism using 18 automatically obtained features from each set of V-P scintigrams. The techniques used to process the images included their alignment to templates, the construction of quotient images based on the ventilation and perfusion images, and the calculation of measures describing V-P mismatches in the quotient images. The templates represented lungs of normal size and shape without any pathological changes. Images that could not be properly aligned to the templates were detected and excluded automatically. After exclusion of those V-P scintigrams not properly aligned to the templates, 478 V-P scintigrams remained in a training group of consecutive patients with suspected pulmonary embolism, and a further 87 V-P scintigrams formed a separate test group comprising patients who had undergone pulmonary angiography. The performance of the neural network, measured as the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve, was 0.87 (95% confidence limits 0.82-0.92) in the training group and 0.79 (0.69-0.88) in the test group. It is concluded that a completely automated method can be used for the interpretation of V-P scintigrams. The performance of this method is similar to others previously presented, whereby features were extracted manually. (orig.)

  4. Lung scan accuracy and precision in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism by transmission, perfusion and ventilation procedures

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    Although there is controversy over the value of radionuclide lung scans in the diagnosis of pulmonary thrombo-embolism, the procedure remains non-invasive, accurate and precise given proper methodological and interpretive criteria. Reviewing 959 procedures from the past decade in 539 patients, including 23 autopsies (correctly diagnosed antemortem), 93 emergencies (67 in 1973; 26 since), 8 pulmonary angiograms, 649 (8 view) perfusion studies with transmission view and 'first pass' flow using 99mTc-Macroparticles (MAA or HAM), 257 ventilation studies using 133-Xenen, 53 'aerosol' studies (either 'wet' or 'dry' radioinhalant), 113 computer analyses and 13 'closing volumes' (as well estimated by imaging as standard techniques (p<0.05)); a sensitivity of 92 percent, a specificity of 96 percent, an efficiency of 96 percent with a probability of disease with a positive study of 90 percent and a likelihood of disease with a negative study of 2 percent were found. Peripheral thrombosis and positive lung scans for pulmonary embolism occurred frequently. Based on these data, the lung scan properly carried out is reliable especially to exclude pulmonary embolism, frequently rendering invasive procedures unnecessary. (Author)

  5. Automated interpretation of ventilation-perfusion lung scintigrams for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism using artificial neural networks

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    Holst, H.; Jaerund, A.; Traegil, K.; Evander, E.; Edenbrandt, L. [Department of Clinical Physiology, Lund University, Lund (Sweden); Aastroem, K.; Heyden, A.; Kahl, F.; Sparr, G. [Department of Mathematics, Lund Institute of Technology, Lund (Sweden); Palmer, J. [Department of Radiation Physics, Lund University, Lund (Sweden)

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    The purpose of this study was to develop a completely automated method for the interpretation of ventilation-perfusion (V-P) lung scintigrams used in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. An artificial neural network was trained for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism using 18 automatically obtained features from each set of V-P scintigrams. The techniques used to process the images included their alignment to templates, the construction of quotient images based on the ventilation and perfusion images, and the calculation of measures describing V-P mismatches in the quotient images. The templates represented lungs of normal size and shape without any pathological changes. Images that could not be properly aligned to the templates were detected and excluded automatically. After exclusion of those V-P scintigrams not properly aligned to the templates, 478 V-P scintigrams remained in a training group of consecutive patients with suspected pulmonary embolism, and a further 87 V-P scintigrams formed a separate test group comprising patients who had undergone pulmonary angiography. The performance of the neural network, measured as the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve, was 0.87 (95% confidence limits 0.82-0.92) in the training group and 0.79 (0.69-0.88) in the test group. It is concluded that a completely automated method can be used for the interpretation of V-P scintigrams. The performance of this method is similar to others previously presented, whereby features were extracted manually. (orig.)

  6. Long-term follow-up of patients with inferior vena cava filters in the prevention of pulmonary embolism

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    Objective: To evaluate the long-term safety, efficacy and complications of placement vena cava filter in prevention of pulmonary embolism. Methods: Seventy-three patients with proven diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and (or) pulmonary embolism (PE) by Doppler ultrasonography, DSA, CT or MRI, received percutaneous inferior vena cava filters (IVCF) from January 1994 to June 2005. The clinical data and imaging findings were evaluated retrospectively. The patients underwent telephone interview or questionnaire, abdominal X-rays, Doppler ultrasonography, computed tomographic pulmonary angiography (CTPA) or indirect CT venography (CTV) after a follow-up duration of 5 months to 11 years. Results: Seventy-eight vena cava filters were used. There was 1 case of incomplete filter opening when placing filter. In follow-up, thrombi were trapped in the filter in 2 cases, filter tilting happened in 1 case, and there were no filter migration, filter disruption, filter perforation. Five of 73 cases were lost in follow-up visit, 14 patients died after implantation (5 days to 41 months, average 14.5 months). Among the 54 living patients, the identified recurrent PE was not noted. Three cases of recurrent DVT, 1 case of inferior vena caval thrombosis and 1 case of thrombosed filters were seen in follow-up. Conclusion: Inferior vena cava filter is safe and effective for the long-term prevention pulmonary embolism, and the long-term major complications after filter placement are not frequent. (authors)

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

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

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

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

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

  9. Electron beam computed tomography and ventilation perfusion scintigraphy in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

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    Kettner, Beatrice I.; Sandrock, Dirk; Reisinger, Ingrid; Munz, Dieter L. [Clinic for Nuclear Medicine, Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany); Enzweiler, Christian N.H. [Department of Radiology, Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)

    2002-05-01

    The purpose of this study, performed in patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE), was to compare V/Q scans and electron beam computed tomography (CT) scans on a patient-by-patient and segment-by-segment basis. Both a segment-based and a lobe-based analysis was performed in those patients positive for PE. The diagnosis of PE was assumed on the basis of a mismatch at V/Q scanning or a filling defect in a pulmonary vessel at contrast-enhanced electron beam CT. In 37/45 patients (24 female, 21 male, 58{+-}16 years) with suspected PE, the diagnosis of PE was confirmed or excluded by both modalities, resulting in a correlation of 82% between electron beam CT and V/Q scanning. In the 28 patients positive for PE according to one or both modalities, 504 segments were evaluated. Of these 504 segments, 248 (nearly 50%) showed perfusion defects on V/Q scans, of which only 90 (36%) displayed emboli at electron beam CT. Overall, a total of only 135 of the 504 segments (27%) were abnormal at electron beam CT. More than 50% of the patients with discrepant results did not show an embolus at electron beam CT. It is concluded that there is a good correlation (82%) between V/Q scanning and electron beam CT on a patient-by-patient basis but a markedly less good correlation (62%) in a segment-based analysis. (orig.)

  10. Equipment availability and diagnostic strategies for suspected pulmonary embolism in Austria

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    Schibany, N.; Fleischmann, D.; Thallinger, C.; Ba-Ssalamah, A. [Vienna Univ. (Austria). Inst. fuer Radiologie; Schibany, A. [Joanneum Research, Vienna (Austria); Hahne, J. [Ludwig Boltzmann Inst. for Clinical and Experimental Radiology, Vienna (Austria); Herold, C.J. [Vienna Univ. (Austria). Inst. fuer Radiologie; Ludwig Boltzmann Inst. for Clinical and Experimental Radiology, Vienna (Austria)

    2001-11-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate equipment availability and current diagnostic strategies for suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) in Austrian hospitals. A questionnaire was sent to the medical directors of all Austrian hospitals with emergency and/or surgical, orthopedic, and medical departments. The questionnaire contained questions regarding the available equipment suitable for the imaging diagnosis of PE, the first-line and second-line imaging tests for patients with suspected PE, and additional lower extremity venous imaging and laboratory tests that complement the diagnostic armamentarium. The return rate for questionnaires was 81% (127 of 157 hospitals). There were 97% of hospitals that had the equipment to perform sonography, 59% could perform pulmonary angiography, 54% spiral CT, 19% ventilation/perfusion (V/P) scintigraphy, and 4% perfusion scintigraphy alone. Spiral-CT angiography (SCTA) was the first-line imaging study for suspected PE in 56% of hospitals, followed by echocardiography and V/P scintigraphy. Lower extremity venous imaging (47%) and, interestingly, V/P scintigraphy (43%), served as second-line imaging tests. D-dimer tests were included in the diagnostic strategy in 74% of hospitals. Spiral-CT angiography is the most commonly used primary method for suspected PE in Austrian hospitals. The V/P scintigraphy is available only in a minority of hospitals to investigate patients with suspected PE. When V/P scintigraphy is available, however, it is employed in a large number of patients per annum. (orig.)

  11. Pulmonary embolism and lung scanning: cost-effectiveness and benefit:risk

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    The cost-effectiveness of pulmonary imaging (lung scan) on the management of 2023 patients was studied. Prior and postscan probabilities of pulmonary embolism (PE) were obtained from referring physicians. After the scan, anticoagulant therapy (ACT) was appropriately changed in 20% of the patients and confirmed in 67%. The incremental cost of scanning was $124 per patient when the prior probability was 0.01-9.99%, dropping to $38 when the probability was 10-25%. Hospitalization and ACT cost was reduced when the prior probability was 25.01-99.99%. The greatest benefit in lives saved was when the prior probability was 25-74.99%; 1.5% of this probability group would survive as a result of the change in management attributable to the scan, at a cost of $117 per life saved. The benefit:risk ratio, as measured by lives saved compared to estimates of lives lost due to radiation exposure, was of the order of 6000:1

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

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

  13. Pulmonary embolism in pregnancy: is nuclear medicine imaging still a valid option?

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    2008-10-01

    In this study we demonstrate our Radiology Department\\'s experience in utilizing low dose (half the normal dose) lung perfusion radionuclide scanning for pregnant patients as the initial investigation for suspected pulmonary embolism (PE). Secondly; we highlight the radiation dose reduction advantages of nuclear medicine imaging over multi-detector computed tomography in this group. We performed a retrospective study of 21 consecutive pregnant women who presented with suspected PE. These patients underwent either lung perfusion scanning or CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA), over a two-year period (May 2005 to July 2007). 19 patients of the cohort studied underwent low dose perfusion-only scintigraphy, with half the usual dose of radionuclide activity. All scans were considered of diagnostic quality. No patient in our study required a ventilation scan. No patient with a negative perfusion scan represented during the 3 month follow up period with PE. We conclude, nuclear medicine imaging is an effective initial investigation for pregnant patients with suspected PE. While scinitigraphy is associated with a greater fetal radiation dose than CTPA, it imparts a lower maternal dose and significantly lower dose to radiosensitive tissues such as breast.

  14. The accuracy of clinical and biochemical estimates in defining the pre-test probability of pulmonary embolism

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    Full text: The PIOPED survey confirmed the significance of the high probability ventilation/perfusion scan (HP V/Q scan) in establishing the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE). In an interesting sentence, however, the authors indicated that 'the clinicians' assessment of the likelihood of PE (prior probability)' can substantially increase the predictive value of the investigation. The criteria used for this assessment were not published, and this statement conflicts with the belief that the clinical diagnosis of pulmonary embolism is unreliable. A medical history was obtained from 668 patients undergoing V/Q lung scans for suspected PE, and certain clinical features linked to PE were, when present, documented. These included pleuritic chest pain, haemoptysis, dyspnoea, clinical evidence of DVT, recent surgery and right ventricular strain pattern an ECG. D-Dimer levels and initial arterial oxygen saturation (PaO2) levels were also obtained. The prevalence of these clinical and biochemical criteria was then compared between HP (61) and normal (171) scans after exclusion of all equivocal or intermediate scan outcomes (436), (where lung scintigraphy was unable to provide a definite diagnosis). D-Dimer and/or oxygen saturation levels, were similarly compared in each group. A true positive result was scored for each clinical or biochemical criterion when linked with a high probability scan and, conversely, a false positive score when the scan outcome was normal. In this fashion, the positive predictive value (PPV) and, when appropriate, the negative predictive value (NPV) was obtained for each risk factor. In the context of PE, DVT and post-operative status prove the more reliable predictors of a high probability outcome. Where both features were present, the PPV rose to 0.57. A normal D-Dimer level was a better excluder of PE than a normal oxygen saturation level (NPV 0.78-v-0.44). Conversely, a raised D-Dimer, or reduced oxygen saturation, were both a little value in

  15. Deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism detected by FDG PET/CT in a patient with bacteremia

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    Nielsen, Anne Lerberg; Thomassen, Anders; Hess, Søren; Alavi, Abass; Høilund-Carlsen, Poul Flemming

    2013-01-01

    We report incidental FDG PET/CT findings of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in a patient with bacteremia. In this patient, diagnosis of thromboembolism was not considered until FDG PET/CT imaging was performed, and the findings prompted immediate anticoagulant therapy. The role of F...... PET/CT in venous thromboembolism is not yet well established, but the potential benefit must be kept in mind when interpreting FDG PET/CT images regardless of the underlying disease.......We report incidental FDG PET/CT findings of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in a patient with bacteremia. In this patient, diagnosis of thromboembolism was not considered until FDG PET/CT imaging was performed, and the findings prompted immediate anticoagulant therapy. The role of FDG...

  16. [Pulmonary embolism and disseminated intravascular coagulation after being bitten by a Bothrops lanceolatus snake. Apropos of a case].

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    Estrade, G; Garnier, D; Bernasconi, F; Donatien, Y

    1989-11-01

    The authors report the case of a Bothrops lanceolatus snake bite complicated by severe pulmonary embolism a few hours after admission. This thromboembolic complication developed despite heparin therapy and was followed by disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). Vascular thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are rare after Bothrops lanceolatus snake bite as patients are usually hypocoagulable due to DIC. In this case, the thromboembolism was probably caused by the procoagulant effect of the thrombin-like enzymes of the snake venom which may have been injected directly into the vein of a young woman taking a contraceptive pill. A specific antivenin which has recently become available fort treatment may decrease the complications of Bothrops lanceolatus snake bite. PMID:2514645

  17. Computer-assisted detection of pulmonary embolism : evaluation of pulmonary CT angiograms performed in an on-call setting

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    Wittenberg, Rianne; Peters, Joost F.; Sonnemans, Jeroen J.; Prokop, Mathias; Schaefer-Prokop, Cornelia M.

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to assess the stand-alone performance of computer-assisted detection (CAD) for evaluation of pulmonary CT angiograms (CTPA) performed in an on-call setting. In this institutional review board-approved study, we retrospectively included 292 consecutive CTPA performed duri

  18. Quality of life after pulmonary embolism: validation of the French version of the PEmb-QoL questionnaire.

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    Rochat M.; Méan M.; Limacher A.; Hugli O.; Klok F.A.; Cohn D.M.; Aujesky D.

    2014-01-01

    Background The PEmb-QoL is a validated 40-item questionnaire to quantify health-related quality of life in patients having experienced pulmonary embolism (PE). It covers six health dimensions: frequency of complaints, activities of daily living limitations, work-related problems, social limitations, intensity of complaints, and emotional complaints. Originally developed in Dutch and English, we sought to prospectively validate the psychometric properties of a French version of the PEmb-QoL.Me...

  19. Quality of life after pulmonary embolism: validation of the French version of the PEmb-QoL questionnaire.

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    Rochat, Mathilde; Méan, Marie; Limacher, Andreas; Hugli, Olivier; Klok, Frederikus A; Cohn, Danny M; Aujesky, Drahomir

    2014-01-01

    Background The PEmb-QoL is a validated 40-item questionnaire to quantify health-related quality of life in patients having experienced pulmonary embolism (PE). It covers six health dimensions: frequency of complaints, activities of daily living limitations, work-related problems, social limitations, intensity of complaints, and emotional complaints. Originally developed in Dutch and English, we sought to prospectively validate the psychometric properties of a French version of the PEmb-QoL. M...

  20. Quality of life after pulmonary embolism, validation of the French version of the PEmb-QoL questionnaire

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    Rochat M.

    2014-01-01

    Background: The PEmb-QoL is a validated 40-item questionnaire to quantify health-related quality of life in patients having experienced pulmonary embolism (PE). It covers six health dimensions: frequency of complaints, activities of daily living limitations, work-related problems, social limitations, intensity of complaints, and emotional complaints. Originally developed in Dutch and English, we sought to prospectively validate the psychometric properties of a French version of the PEmb-QoL. ...

  1. A patient who experienced thyroid storm complicated by rhabdomyolysis, deep vein thrombosis, and a silent pulmonary embolism: a case report

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    Umezu, Taro; Ashitani, Keigo; Toda, Takahiro; Yanagawa, Tatsuo

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    Background Thyroid storm is a serious condition of thyrotoxicosis. Hyperthyroidism often presents with thrombotic events, especially at cerebral sites; however, the possible association between a lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (LEDVT) and thyroid storm has not been previously reported. We encountered a patient who developed thyroid storm, associated with rhabdomyolysis, followed by LEDVT and a small silent pulmonary embolism (PE). The case is discussed with references to the pertinent l...

  2. [Venous thrombosis of the lower limbs and pulmonary embolism after desmopressin: a coincidence or a pathogenetic role?].

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    Pentimone, F; Del Corso, L

    The authors describe a case of venous thrombosis of the legs, complicated by pulmonary embolism, in a 71 year-old man, following desmopressin therapy for hypothalamic diabetes insipidus. They suggest a role of desmopressin in stimulating the release of Von Willebrand's factor (VWF) from endothelial cells. VWF facilitates platelet adhesion by forming a bridge between platelet membrane and vascular subendothelium, followed by development of a large thrombus. PMID:1837767

  3. MOBILE RIGHT HEART THROMBUS WITH PULMONARY EMBOLISM IN A PATIENT WITH POLYCYTHEMIA RUBRA VERA AND SPLANCHNIC VEIN THROMBOSIS

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    Panduranga, Prashanth; Mukhaini, Mohammed; Saleem, Muhammad; Al-Delamie, Taha; Zachariah, Sunny; Al-Taie, Saqar

    2010-01-01

    Splanchnic vein thrombosis in patients with polycythemia rubra vera is well-known. Development of mobile right heart thrombus in these patients has not been reported previously. We describe a young patient with Polycythemia rubra vera and splanchnic vein thrombosis with ischemic bowel who underwent small bowel resection. He developed a large mobile right atrial thrombus and bilateral pulmonary embolism. He also had upper gastrointestinal bleed. His management was complicated and challenging d...

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  5. Combined detection for pulmonary embolism and venous thrombosis of lower extremity using sup(99m)Tc labeled microsphere

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    Using capillary blockage for radionuclide venography (RNV) as well as lung scintigraphy, we attempted to investigate the relation between venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Fourty patients with a symptom of swelling of the lower extremity were investigated. About 10 mCi of diluted volume of sup(99m)Tc microsphere was introduced into dorsal vein, and standard RNV were taken concerning deep and superficial vein with or without application of tourniquet to the proximal site of ankle. Early dynamic images and late static images were taken, respectively, followed by the standard lung scintigraphy. Additional inhalation scintigraphy was done later, if it was necessary to differentiate pulmonary embolism with other diseases with a perfusion defect. The criteria for the presence of venous thrombosis was as follows; the presence of stenosis or defect with collateral circulation at the early dynamic images, and the presence of hot spot formation at the late static images. A sole finding of the hot spot formation was evaluated to be false positive and twelve of seventeen cases with the hot spot at calf revealed to be false positive. According to this criteria, thirty five cases of all revealed positive findings, which located mostly in pelvic region and in popliteocalf region. Twelve of all cases revealed the pulmonary embolism, half of these have not any symptom suggestive of this disease, nine of these were with positive RNV findings and remainders were with false positive finding at calf region. In conclusion 25% of cases with venous thrombosis resulted in pulmonary embolism, which was the same incidence comparable with the reports in the western country. Hence, whenever indicative, combined RNV and lung scintigraphy for the detection of the thromboembolic disease should be necessary also in Japan. (auth.)

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

  7. Life-Threatening Contraceptive-Related Pulmonary Embolism in a 14-Year-Old Girl with Hereditary Thrombophilia

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    Hellfritzsch, Maja; Grove, Erik Lerkevang

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    Patient: Female, 14 Final Diagnosis: Pulmonary embolism Symptoms: Chest pain • dyspnea • syncope Medication: Combined oral contraceptives Clinical Procedure: — Specialty: Internal Medicine Objective: Adverse events of drug therapy Background: The prothrombotic effect of combined oral contraceptives (COCs) is well-established, with a 3–6-fold increased risk of VTE compared to non-users. When initiation of COCs is considered, it is therefore of paramount importance to carefully evaluate all oth...

  8. Efficient detection of peripheral pulmonary embolism by ventilation/perfusion SPECT in cases where helical CT was non diagnostic

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    In recent year's Helical CT (HCT) has played a major role in the diagnostics of pulmonary embolism (PE). However it may be non diagnostic in small and peripheral pulmonary embolism. For two years we have been using a new and fast pulmonary ventilation/perfusion SPECT method for precise detection of pulmonary embolism. Purpose: To study the feasibility of the fast SPECT method in detection of small PE at patients with negative HCT. Methods: 43 consecutive patients (17 males, 26 females, age 27 - 91 yr ,mean 64 yr) with clinical suspicion of pulmonary embolism but negative finding in HCT were included. A ventilation / perfusion SPECT was performed. The patient was positioned in the triple head gamma camera (Marconi/Philips Irix, LEHR collimators) and Technegas was inhaled until the count rate increased above 1000 c/s. Ventilation SPECT was acquired in ten minutes and then perfusion SPECT in six minutes after the injection, without moving the patient, of 120 - 150 MBq 99mTc-MAA resulting, at least, four times the ventilation count rate. The acquired data was grouped into 120 128 x 128 projections. It was reconstructed iteratively and filtered using the same parameters in both data sets. Both orthogonal slice sets were displayed simultaneously side by side for evaluation. The extension of affected (mismatch) segments at every patient was counted. The amount of the defect was scores as follows: 0 = no defect, 1 = subsegmental defect, 2= segmental defect. For diagnosis of PE the minimal score number was 2. Results: Pulmonary embolism was stated in 14 of 43 helical CT negative patients (32 %). The score number was 2 in six cases, 3 in four cases and 4 or more in four cases. So, the majority of the patients had relatively small and peripheral PE. Conclusion: Ventilation/perfusion SPECT revealed PE at 32 % of the patients with a negative helical CT finding. Ventilation/perfusion SPECT is a fast (acquired in 16 minutes) and precise method for clinical diagnostics of PE. It

  9. Unusual Development of Pulmonary Tumor Embolism from Controlled Liver Metastases of Transitional Cell Carcinoma: An Autopsy Case.

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    Kitayama, Hiromitsu; Yokota, Taro; Kondo, Tomohiro; Sugiyama, Junko; Hirayama, Michiaki; Oyamada, Yumiko; Tsuji, Yasushi

    2016-01-01

    Clinicians generally suspect pulmonary tumor embolism (PTE) with uncontrolled carcinomas which often spread to lungs. We, however, experienced an autopsy case of diffuse microscopic PTE despite controlled liver metastases of transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). A 66-year-old man with progressing respiratory symptoms showed almost normal chest findings on computed tomography. Although liver metastases were successfully shrunk by chemotherapy, the patient died from aggressive respiratory failure. An autopsy revealed small pulmonary vessels showing diffuse tumor emboli. TCC can cause PTE even if liver metastases are controlled. We must therefore be aware that PTE can manifest as respiratory symptoms without any computed tomography findings. PMID:27580549

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

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

  11. Do preliminary chest X-ray findings define the optimum role of pulmonary scintigraphy in suspected pulmonary embolism?

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    AIM: To investigate if preliminary chest radiograph (CXR) findings can define the optimum role of lung scintigraphy in subjects investigated for pulmonary embolism (PE). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The CXR and scintigraphy findings from 613 consecutive subjects investigated for suspected PE were retrieved from a radiological database. Of 393 patients with abnormal CXRs, a subgroup of 238 was examined and individual radiographic abnormalities were characterized. CXR findings were related to the scintigraphy result. RESULTS: Scintigraphy was normal in 286 subjects (47%), non-diagnostic in 207 (34%) and high probability for PE in 120 (20%). In 393 subjects (64%) the preliminary CXR was abnormal and 188 (48%) of scintigrams in this group were non-diagnostic. Individual radiographic abnormalities were not associated with significantly different scintigraphic outcomes. If the preliminary CXR was normal (36%), the proportion of non-diagnostic scintigrams decreased to 9% (19 of 220 subjects) (P < 0.05). CONCLUSION: In subjects investigated for PE, an abnormal CXR increases the prevalence of non-diagnostic scintigrams. A normal pre-test CXR is more often associated with a definitive (normal or high probability) scintigram result. The chest radiograph may be useful in deciding the optimum sequence of investigations. Forbes, K.P.N., Reid, J.H., Murchison, J.T. (2001)

  12. Inferior vena cava filter placement for the prevention of pulmonary embolism and the complications related to the filter placement

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    Objective: To investigate the effects of inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement for the prevention of fatal pulmonary embolism and to discuss the management of complications related to the filter placement. Methods: Seventy patients with proved deep vein thrombosis of lower extremity underwent inferior vena cava filter placement.A total of 72 IVC filters were implanted,which included 20 Trap Ease filters, 31 Vena Tech filters, 13 retrievable OptEaseTM filters and 8 Tempo II filters. One filter was deployed above the orifice of renal vein and the remaining 71 were deployed below the orifice of renal vein. Results: All the patients were followed up for 8-72 months after the procedure. During the follow-up period no fatal pulmonary embolism occurred except that some complications related to the filter placement occurred in 6 cases. Conclusion: Inferior vena cava filter placement can effectively prevent the occurrence of pulmonary embolism. Of course, this treatment should be strictly applied according to the indications. (authors)

  13. Septic pulmonary embolism caused by a Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess: clinical characteristics, imaging findings, and clinical courses

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Septic pulmonary embolism caused by a Klebsiella (K. pneumoniae liver abscess is rare but can cause considerable morbidity and mortality. However, clinical information regarding this condition is limited. This study was conducted to elucidate the full disease spectrum to improve its diagnosis and treatment. METHOD: We reviewed the clinical characteristics, imaging findings, and clinical courses of 14 patients diagnosed with septic pulmonary embolism caused by a K. pneumoniae liver abscess over a period of 9 years. RESULTS: The two most prevalent symptoms were fever and shortness of breath. Computed tomography findings included a feeding vessel sign (79%, nodules with or without cavities (79%, pleural effusions (71%, peripheral wedge-shaped opacities (64%, patchy ground-glass opacities (50%, air bronchograms within a nodule (36%, consolidations (21%, halo signs (14%, and lung abscesses (14%. Nine (64% of the patients developed severe complications and required intensive care. According to follow-up chest radiography, the infiltrates and consolidations were resolved within two weeks, and the nodular opacities were resolved within one month. Two (14% patients died of septic shock; one patient had metastatic meningitis, and the other had metastatic pericarditis. CONCLUSION: The clinical presentations ranged from insidious illness with fever and respiratory symptoms to respiratory failure and septic shock. A broad spectrum of imaging findings, ranging from nodules to multiple consolidations, was detected. Septic pulmonary embolism caused by a K. pneumoniae liver abscess combined with the metastatic infection of other vital organs confers a poor prognosis.

  14. Pulmonary embolism in the elderly: a review on clinical, instrumental and laboratory presentation

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    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Luca Masotti1,8, Patrick Ray2, Marc Righini3, Gregoire Le Gal4, Fabio Antonelli5, Giancarlo Landini1, Roberto Cappelli6, Domenico Prisco7, Paola Rottoli81Internal Medicine, Cecina Hospital, Cecina, Italy; 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire Pitié-Salpêtrière, Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6, Paris, France; 3Division of Angiology and Hemostasis, Geneva University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland; 4Department of Internal Medicine and Chest Diseases, Brest University Hospital, Brest, France; 5Clinical Chemistry, Cecina Hospital, Cecina, Italy; 6Department of Internal, Cardiovascular and Geriatric Medicine, University of Siena, Siena, Italy; 7Department of Critical Care Medicine, Thrombosis Centre, Careggi Hospital, Florence, Italy; 8Departiment of Clinical Medicine and Immunological Sciences, Division of Respiratory Diseases, University of Siena, Siena, ItalyObjective: Diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE remains difficult and is often missed in the elderly due to nonspecific and atypical presentation. Diagnostic algorithms able to rule out PE and validated in young adult patients may have reduced applicability in elderly patients, which increases the number of diagnostic tools use and costs. The aim of the present study was to analyze the reported clinical presentation of PE in patients aged 65 and more.Materials and Methods: Prospective and retrospective English language studies dealing with the clinical, instrumental and laboratory aspects of PE in patients more than 65 and published after January 1987 and indexed in MEDLINE using keywords as pulmonary embolism, elderly, old, venous thromboembolism (VTE in the title, abstract or text, were reviewed.Results: Dyspnea (range 59%–91.5%, tachypnea (46%–74%, tachycardia (29%–76%, and chest pain (26%–57% represented the most common clinical symptoms and signs. Bed rest was the most frequent risk factor for VTE (15%–67%; deep vein

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

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    Bahloul Mabrouk

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective : To determine predictive factors, clinical and demographics characteristics of patients with pulmonary embolism (PE in ICU, and to identify factors associated with poor outcome in the hospital and in the ICU. Methods : During a four-year prospective study, a medical committee of six ICU physicians prospectively examined all available data for each patient in order to classify patients according to the level of clinical suspicion of pulmonary thromboembolism. During the study periods, all patients admitted to our ICU were classified into four groups. The first group includes all patients with confirmed PE; the second group includes some patients without clinical manifestations of PE; the third group includes patients with suspected and not confirmed PE and the fourth group includes all patients with only deep vein thromboses (DVTs without suspicion of PE. The diagnosis of PE was confirmed either by a high-probability ventilation/perfusion (V/Q scan or by a spiral computed tomography (CT scan showing one or more filling defects in the pulmonary artery or in its branches. The diagnosis was also confirmed by echocardiography when a thrombus in the pulmonary artery was observed. Results : During the study periods, 4408 patients were admitted in our ICU. The diagnosis of PE was confirmed in 87 patients (1.9%. The mean delay of development of PE was 7.8 ± 9.5 days. On the day of PE diagnosis, clinical examination showed that 50 patients (57.5% were hypotensive, 63 (72.4% have SIRS, 15 (17.2% have clinical manifestations of DVT and 71 (81.6% have respiratory distress requiring mechanical ventilation. In our study, intravenous unfractionated heparin was used in 81 cases (93.1% and low molecular weight heparins were used in 4 cases (4.6%. The mean ICU stay was 20.2 ± 25.3 days and the mean hospital stay was 25.5 ± 25 days. The mortality rate in ICU was 47.1% and the in-hospital mortality rate was 52.9%. Multivariate analysis showed that

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

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

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

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

    2011-02-15

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

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

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

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

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

  20. Pulmonary embolism: Comparison of ventilation-perfusion lung scintigraphy and helical CT angiography

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    Full text: Objective: Retrospective study of the patients undergoing ventilation-perfusion pulmonary scintigraphy and helical CT angiography from March/ 2000 to July/ 2002, due to suspected pulmonary embolism (PE). Methods: Fifty-four patients were evaluated, with those unable to undergo a ventilation study or whose scintigraphy or CT studies were performed after anticoagulant therapy being excluded. The study group included 40 patients (24 male, 16 female) with an average age of 55,8 ± 18,8 years. Ninety per cent of the patients had a measurement of D-dimers levels and only 5% were submitted to angiography. Results: Both studies were concordant in 32 patients (80%), with concordant positive findings in 25 cases and concordant negative results in 7. In concordant positive cases, main risk factors included venous pathology of the lower extremities (40%) and malignant neoplasms (24%); no risk factors were found in 16% of these patients. Clinical findings included thoracic pain (16 patients), dyspnea (15 cases) and cough (7 patients). In these 25 patients PE was bilateral in 52%, right-sided in 28% and left-sided in the remaining 20%. D-dimers were elevated in 19 patients, normal in 3 and not measured in 3 cases. In concordant negative cases, D-dimers were elevated in 6 patients and not measured in one. Studies were discordant in 8 patients: in 5 of them, lung scintigraphy yielded a high-probability study but CT was negative for PE (revealing parenchymatous consolidation in 3 cases and pleural effusion in 2 patients); two patients had an intermediate-probability lung scintigram but CT was also negative (detecting a pericardial cyst around right hilum in one patient); in the remaining discordant case (a patient with chronic pulmonary hypertension), scintigraphy yielded a low-probability result but CT detected a non-occlusive clot in the right pulmonary artery. The angiographic studies performed in only 2 patients, both with concordant positive studies, confirmed the

  1. An evaluation of preoperative and postoperative ventilation and perfusion lung scintigraphy in the screening for pulmonary embolism after elective orthopedic surgery

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    One hundred two patients undergoing elective knee or hip arthroplasty were studied with radionuclide ventilation scans (V) and perfusion scans (Q) preoperatively (preop) and postoperatively (postop) to assess their relative value in the diagnosis of asymptomatic pulmonary embolism (PE) after orthopedic surgery. Postop Q were read in combination with preop V and Q and postop V using prospective investigation of pulmonary embolism diagnosis (PIOPED) criteria. Of 25 postop Q interpreted as either high or intermediate probability for PE, preop Q were judged useful in 96%; the postop V were useful in 78%; and the preop V were not helpful in any of the cases. Of 63 postop Q interpreted as low probability, preop Q were useful in 74%; the postop V were useful in only 33%; and the preop V were useful in only one case. When postop Q were read as normal (14 cases), none of the three auxiliary studies were found to be useful. Overall, postop V were more helpful than preop Q in only 2%, and preop V contributed significantly in only 1%. This experience suggests that preop Q alone is the most useful adjunct to the postop Q in the postoperative evaluation for PE. The authors conclude that to screen for asymptomatic PE after elective orthopedic surgery, preop Q should be performed in all cases, preop V are not necessary, and postop V need be performed only if a baseline preop Q is not available

  2. [PROGNOSTIC VALUE OF SOME HEMOSTASIS-RELATED, HOMOCYSTEINE, HIGH SENSITIVE C R P AND MULTIDETECTOR COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY PARAMETERS IN PULMONARY EMBOLISM].

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    Todua, F; Akhvlediani, M; Vorobiova, E; Baramidze, A; Tsivtsivadze, G; Gachechiladze, D

    2016-05-01

    Nowadays, an arsenal of diagnostic methods is used in diagnosis of pulmonary embolism, which includes x-ray, angiography, perfusion-ventilation scintigraphy, CT and magnetic resonance imaging, Doppler and laboratory studies. Purpose of our study was to evaluate the diagnostic significance of determination of some parameters of hemostasis (D-dimer, Soluble fibrinmonomer complexes, fibrinogen), homocysteine, hs-CRP and multidetector computed tomography in suspected pulmonary embolism. We have examined 54 patients -31 men and 23 women, aged 18 to 76 years, with characteristics of pulmonary embolism. According to our data, Multidetector computed tomography angiopulmonography , measuring D-dimer, fibrinogen and related hyperhomocysteinemia with increased level of hs-CRP may serve as binding, diagnostically significant laboratory markers in the diagnosis and treatment efficacy of pulmonary thromboembolism. PMID:27348165

  3. Suspected pulmonary embolism and lung scan interpretation: Trial of a Bayesian reporting method

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    The objective of this research is to determine whether a Bayesian method of lung scan (LS) reporting could influence the management of patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE). The study is performed by the following: (1) A descriptive study of the diagnostic process for suspected PE using the new reporting method; (2) a non-experimental evaluation of the reporting method comparing prospective patients and historical controls; and (3) a survey of physicians' reactions to the reporting innovation. Of 148 consecutive patients enrolled at the time of LS, 129 were completely evaluated; 75 patients scanned the previous year served as controls. The LS results of patients with suspected PE were reported as posttest probabilities of PE calculated from physician-provided pretest probabilities and the likelihood ratios for PE of LS interpretations. Despite the Bayesian intervention, the confirmation or exclusion of PE was often based on inconclusive evidence. PE was considered by the clinician to be ruled out in 98% of patients with posttest probabilities less than 25% and ruled in for 95% of patients with posttest probabilities greater than 75%. Prospective patients and historical controls were similar in terms of tests ordered after the LS (e.g., pulmonary angiography). Patients with intermediate or indeterminate lung scan results had the highest proportion of subsequent testing. Most physicians (80%) found the reporting innovation to be helpful, either because it confirmed clinical judgement (94 cases) or because it led to additional testing (7 cases). Despite the probabilistic guidance provided by the study, the diagnosis of PE was often neither clearly established nor excluded. While physicians appreciated the innovation and were not confused by the terminology, their clinical decision making was not clearly enhanced

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  5. Improving the diagnostic performance of lung scintigraphy in suspected pulmonary embolic disease

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    Gleeson, F.V. [Department of Radiology, Churchill Hospital, Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust, Oxford (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: fergus.gleeson@radiology.oxford.ac.uk; Turner, S. [Department of Radiology, Churchill Hospital, Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust, Oxford (United Kingdom); Scarsbrook, A.F. [Department of Radiology, Churchill Hospital, Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust, Oxford (United Kingdom)

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    Aim: to determine the effectiveness of a new imaging algorithm in the investigation of suspected pulmonary embolism (PE). Materials and methods: A new imaging algorithm for suspected PE was introduced following the installation of a multisection computed tomography (CT) machine at our institution. Before its installation, patients with suspected PE were evaluated with ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy. Subsequently, patients were triaged according to chest radiography (CR) and respiratory history to either lung scintigraphy or CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA). Patients with a normal CR and no history of lung disease were evaluated using perfusion (Q) scintigraphy [ventilation (V) scintigraphy was no longer performed]. Patients with an abnormal CR, asthma or chronic lung disease were evaluated using CTPA. All V/Q images in a continuous 3-year period before the introduction of the new imaging algorithm and all Q images performed in a 3-year period after its introduction were retrospectively reviewed. Imaging reports were categorized into normal, non-diagnostic (low or intermediate probability) or high probability for PE. Patients in the later group who subsequently underwent CTPA, were also reviewed. Results: After the policy change the percentage of normal scintigrams significantly increased (39 to 60%; p < 0.001). There was a non-significant increase in the percentage of high probability scintigrams (15 to 18%; p = 0.716). Overall the diagnostic yield of lung scintigraphy improved significantly (54 to 78%; p < 0.001). Conclusion: the diagnostic performance of lung scintigraphy can be improved by careful triage of patients to either Q scintigraphy or CTPA based on clinical history and CR findings. Q scintigraphy remains a valuable diagnostic test in the investigation of suspected PE in carefully selected patients.

  6. Improving the diagnostic performance of lung scintigraphy in suspected pulmonary embolic disease

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    Aim: to determine the effectiveness of a new imaging algorithm in the investigation of suspected pulmonary embolism (PE). Materials and methods: A new imaging algorithm for suspected PE was introduced following the installation of a multisection computed tomography (CT) machine at our institution. Before its installation, patients with suspected PE were evaluated with ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy. Subsequently, patients were triaged according to chest radiography (CR) and respiratory history to either lung scintigraphy or CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA). Patients with a normal CR and no history of lung disease were evaluated using perfusion (Q) scintigraphy [ventilation (V) scintigraphy was no longer performed]. Patients with an abnormal CR, asthma or chronic lung disease were evaluated using CTPA. All V/Q images in a continuous 3-year period before the introduction of the new imaging algorithm and all Q images performed in a 3-year period after its introduction were retrospectively reviewed. Imaging reports were categorized into normal, non-diagnostic (low or intermediate probability) or high probability for PE. Patients in the later group who subsequently underwent CTPA, were also reviewed. Results: After the policy change the percentage of normal scintigrams significantly increased (39 to 60%; p < 0.001). There was a non-significant increase in the percentage of high probability scintigrams (15 to 18%; p = 0.716). Overall the diagnostic yield of lung scintigraphy improved significantly (54 to 78%; p < 0.001). Conclusion: the diagnostic performance of lung scintigraphy can be improved by careful triage of patients to either Q scintigraphy or CTPA based on clinical history and CR findings. Q scintigraphy remains a valuable diagnostic test in the investigation of suspected PE in carefully selected patients

  7. Multi-slice CT for visualization of pulmonary embolism using perfusion weighted color maps

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    Purpose: The purpose of our preliminary study was to evaluate the feasibility of a new technique for the perfusion weighted color display of the density of lung parenchyma derived from multi-slice CT (MSCT) data sets of clinical routine examinations for visualization of pulmonary embolism (PE). Materials and Methods: Imaging of patients with suspected PE was performed on a commercially available MSCT (Somatom Volume Zoom; Siemens, Forchheim, Germany) after intravenous application of 120 cc of contrast-medium using a power injector. Scan parameters were 140 kV and 100 mAs, using a thin collimation of 4x1 mm and a table speed of 7 mm (pitch: 1.75). Derived from thin collimation axial slices (slice thicknesseff. 1.25 mm, reconstruction increment 0.8 mm), a new image processing technique was deployed. Based on these source images, an automated 3D-segmentation of the lungs was performed followed by threshold based extraction of major airways and vascular structures. The filtered volume data were color encordes and finally overlayed onto the original CT images. This color encoded display of parenchymal density distribution of the lungs was shown in axial, coronal and sagittal plans orientation. In four patients with excluded PE as well as in two patients with proven PE this new technique was performed. Results: In the four patients that were considered negative regarding PE on MSCT, lung densitometry showed a homogeneous distribution of color encoded densities without circumscribed decreased or increased areas, beside the usually present gravity-dependent gradient in ventro-dorsal direction. In the two patients with proven PE, low density values on perfusion weighted color maps were found distally to the occluded pulmonary arteries. (orig.)

  8. Position of lung scintigraphy in emergency diagnosis and therapeutic indications in cases of severe pulmonary embolism

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    The position of lung scintigraphy in diagnostic strategy is discussed. This technique appears to afford the key examination in severe pulmonary embolism because of its qualities, which are: - speed of execution, - absolute harmlessness, - diagnostic safety. Taking these points in order: - speed of execution is ensured by the very rapid uptake of I 131-labelled albumin macroaggregates (usable immediately) and the existence of the gamma camera; - harmlessness of the examination by the use of non-allergenic radioactive tracers and doses not significantly restricting the vascular bed still perfused; whichever of the two possible techniques is employed (scanner and gamma camera) the examination can always be practised without getting the patient out of bed, which avoids the risk of clot migration due to movement; - certainty of the result by the fact that in the event of a surgical indication the circulation cut-off image is spectacular and obvious in fact a lung amputation image must be equal to or greater than 50% of the pulmonary field before an operation is decided upon all other images remaining within the scope of a hypocoagulant treatment. A study was carried out in a cardio-vascular surgery department on 28 patients hospitalised with a possible view to embolectomy. Lung scintigraphy allows a quick exploration of the minor circulation. In the special clinical situation of the patients, for whom the advisability of an embolectomy is discussed, the scintigraphic examination provides the key: if normal it eliminates the diagnosis absolutely; if not it reveals without extra risk the spectacular obliterations of the vascular bed on which any therapeutic decision, medical or surgical is based

  9. Clinical Analysis of Pulmonary Lipiodol Embolism in Patients with Hepatic Carcinoma after Transcatheter Arterial Chemoembolization

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    Full Text Available Objective:To explore the clinical manifestations, therapeutic methods and preventive measures of pulmonary lipiodol embolism (PLE induced by transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE so as to improve the cognition and management of PLE. Methods:A total of 2 613 patients with hepatic cancer without history of pulmonary disease who were treated with TACE in our hospital from Sept., 2004 to Mar., 2013 were selected. The clinical manifestations, therapeutic methods and preventing measures of the 9 patients who were accompanied with PLE were observed to analyze the pre-operative hepatic computed tomography (CT and chest X-ray, intra-operative contrast examination, dosage of lipiodol and chemotherapeutic drugs, clinical manifestation and therapeutic progression as well as the postoperative follow-up.Results: Nine patients accompanied by PLE had different-severity cough, hemoptysis and progressive dyspnea, and chest X-ray and/or CT showed flaky high-density radiography. After treated with oxygen inhalation, bronchus expansion and inflammation alleviation, 8 patients were improved but 1 died. Of the 8 patients, 2 were given ventilator to assist breath, and the clinical symptoms of 8 patients disappeared within 3-15 d. The re-examined chest X-ray showed normal after 20-60 d follow-up observation. Additionally, 6 patients were with nidus diameter ≥10 cm, 6 with hepatic artery-vein fistula and 7 with lipiodol dosage ≥20 mL.Conclusion: PLE often occurs in patients with giant hepatic carcinoma accompanied by hepatic artery-vein fistula, whose lipiodol dosage is ≥20 mL. Accurate and correct management during operation can effectively reduce the development of PLE.

  10. Role of D-Dimer, Fibrinogen and DDimer/Fibrinogen Rate in the Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism

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    Full Text Available Objective: The migration of a blood clot from the systemic circulation to pulmonary veins is called pulmonary embolism (PE. Pulmonary embolism is difficult to diagnose. The aim of the present study is to investigate the utility and diagnostic contribution of d-dimer, fibrinogen level, and Ddimer/Fibrinogen (D/F rate which are quick, non-invasive, affordable and easily obtainable laboratory tests in PE. Methods: We have evaluated the diagnostic value of D/F rate in 118 patients who were suspected to have PE. Diagnosis of PE was made by computerized tomographic pulmonary angiography. D-dimer level was above normal in all patients. Initially, Wells clinical scoring was applied on the patients and their d-dimer and fibrinogen levels were measured. Results: Seventy seven patients were detected as PE positive (+ and 41 were detected as PE negative (-. Forty-eight of the cases (40.7% were male; the average age was 49.77±19.46 (15-86 years. Between PE (+ and PE (- patients, d-dimer, fibrinogen, and D/F rate median values and standard derivations were detected to be different and statistically significant. Conclusion: According to this study approach to the patients with suspected from PE, D/F ratio is valuable than d-dimer, and fibrinogen level is significantly lower in patients with PE (+ than patients with PE (-.

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

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

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

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

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

  13. Ventilation/perfusion tomography versus planar imaging for diagnosis of pulmonary embolism

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    The aim: Tomography has proven feasible in routine clinical diagnostics of pulmonary embolism, PE, and validated in experimental studies in pigs. of the study is to evaluate clinical value of tomographic technique against planar imaging on larger number patients. Material and method: 53 consecutive patients with suspected or known PE were studied with planar and tomographic technique and clinically followed up for >6 months. Ventilation was studied after inhalation of 30 MBq 99mTc-DTPA first with planar images, then with tomography. Without movement 100 MBq 99mTc-MAA was injected i.v. Then tomography and finally planar imaging were repeated. The tomographic procedures were completed in 20 minutes. The ventilation tomographic data was corrected for decay prior to reconstruction. Tomographic images of ventilation, perfusion, and ventilation/perfusion quotient were reviewed as multiplane slices and as rotating 3D images. Results: Preliminary 15 patients showed a larger number of emboli in tomographic images. Ancillary findings like heart incompensation and obstructive disease was more clearly revealed in tomography. Current analysis of the 53 patients similarly indicates a higher sensitivity for PE in tomographic studies and improved diagnosis of other diseases. In a few cases patient movement between ventilation and perfusion tomography led to artefacts in V/P images. Conclusion: The present study confirms that tomographic V/P scintigraphy is feasible as a clinical routine. Mismatch identification and diagnostics of PE and other lung disease is facilitated. Improved non-alignment analysis and correction is considered

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

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

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  16. Evaluation of pulmonary embolism in a pediatric population with high clinical suspicion

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    Victoria, Teresa; Mong, Andrew; Altes, Talissa; Hernandez, Andrea; Gonzalez, Leonardo; Kramer, Sandra S. [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Radiology, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Jawad, Abbas F. [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Raffini, Leslie [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology, Philadelphia, PA (United States)

    2009-01-15

    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is an underdiagnosed entity in the pediatric population in part because of the low level of suspicion and awareness in the clinical world. To examine its relative prevalence, associated risk factors and imaging features in our pediatric population. A total of 92 patients age 21 years and younger with a high clinical suspicion of PE and who had available radiographic studies were identified from January 2003 to September 2006. Patients with a positive CT scan or a high probability ventilation/perfusion scan formed the case group; patients with a high clinical suspicion of PE and no radiographic evidence of PE or deep venous thrombosis (DVT), randomly matched in age and sex, became the matched control group. We reviewed the charts of both groups and analyzed the imaging studies. In our hospital, the prevalence of PE in patients with a strong suspicion of PE was 14%. The overall prevalence of thromboembolic disease (PE and/or DVT) was 25%. Recent surgery or orthopedic procedure, blood dyscrasias and contraceptive use were more common in patients with PE. No child died of PE in our study. The youngest child with PE in our study was 13 years. Girls were twice as likely to develop PE as boys. PE is a relatively common diagnosis in our tertiary care pediatric population when the clinical suspicion is high. We suggest increased awareness and index of suspicion in order to initiate prompt diagnostic imaging and treatment. (orig.)

  17. Complementarity of lung scintigraphy and D-dimer test in pulmonary embolism

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    D-dimer assay (DDA), measuring fibrin degradation products, was compared with lung scintigraphy (LS) in a prospective unselected series of 83 consecutive patients referred owing to suspicion of pulmonary embolism (PE). This patient series was also used to compare several methods of performing and interpreting LS images. The final diagnosis was established independently by a separate panel with all available information except for the result of DDA. D-dimer was determined by ELISA (threshold value 500 ng/ml). LS, including perfusion (.Q) and pseudo-ventilation (Technegas) (.V), was classified according to PIOPED, (1) immediately by the physician on duty, and (2) retrospectively by a blinded panel. A positive (19) or negative (61) diagnosis of PE was achieved in 80 patients, the prevalence of PE being 24%. Only one false-negative was noted on DDA (sensitivity=95%) but there were 42 false-positives (specificity=31%), resulting in a positive predictive value of 30% and a negative predictive value of 95%. Emergency and retrospective interpretations of LS were close (kappa=0.4). In a minority of patients, PE may be excluded with reasonable certainty if DDA is normal, resulting in a significant saving in terms of time and money. (orig.). With 3 tabs

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

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

  19. Computation of ventilation-perfusion ratio with Kr-81m in pulmonary embolism

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    Diagnostic difficulties occur in pulmonary embolism (PE) during visual analysis of ventilation-perfusion images in matched defects or in chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD). In 44 patients with angiographically confirmed PE and in 40 patients with COPD, the regional ventilation-perfusion ratios (V/Q) were therefore computed using krypton-81m for each perfusion defect, and were displayed in a functional image. In patients with PE and mismatched defects, a high V/Q (1.96) was observed. A V/Q > 1.25 was also found in nine of 11 patients having PE and indeterminate studies (studies with perfusion abnormalities matched by radiographic abnormalities). COPD was characterized by matched defects and low V/Q. The percentage of patients correctly classified as having PE or COPD increased from 56% when considering the match or mismatched character to 88% when based on a V/Q of 1.25 in the region of the perfusion defect. This quantitative analysis, therefore, seems useful in classifying patients with scintigraphic suspicion of PE

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

  1. Additional diagnostic value of low dose CT in ventilation/perfusion hybrid SPECT for pulmonary embolism

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    Objective: To evaluate the assistant diagnostic value of low dose CT in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) based on ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) SPECT imaging. Methods: One hundred and two patients with clinical suspected PE had been enrolled for this retrospective study. The final diagnosis of PE was made according to the 2008 guidelines of European Society of Cardiology (ESC). All patients underwent V/Q SPECT/CT (Hawkeye 4, GE). The imaging findings from low dose CT lung window were used for differential diagnoses of abnormal regions in SPECT imaging. The diagnostic efficiency of V/Q SPECT alone was compared with that of V/Q SPECT combined with low dose CT scan. Crosstabs χ2 test was performed using SPSS 13.0 software. Results: Twenty-nine patients (28.43%, 29/102) were finally diagnosed as PE. V/Q SPECT alone had a sensitivity of 93.10% (27/29), a specificity of 90.41% (66/73), and an accuracy of 91.18% (93/102). With additional diagnostic information from low dose CT, the diagnostic specificity increased to 95.89% (70/73, χ2=1.72, P>0.05), and the accuracy increased to 95.10% (97/102, χ2=1.23, P>0.05) though the sensitivity remained the same. Conclusion: Imaging information from low dose CT in hybrid SPECT/CT may enhance V/Q diagnostic accuracy for PE. (authors)

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

  4. Analyse of the prevalence rate and risk factors of pulmonary embolism in the patients with dyspnea

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    Objective: To analyse the prevalence rate and risk factors of pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients with dyspnea and to explore the predisposing causes and its early clinical manifestations. Methods: Retrospective analysis was done in 461 patients with dyspnea performed 99Tcm-macroaggregated albumin (MAA) lung perfusion imaging and 99Tcm-DTPA ventilation imaging or 99Tcm-MAA perfusion imaging and chest X-ray examination. Among them, 48 cases without apparent disease were considered as control group, whereas the remaining patients with other underlying illnesses as patients group. PEMS statistics software package was used for estimation of prevalence rate, χ2 test and PE risk factor analysis. Results: There were 251 PE patients among 461 patients, the prevalence rate [ (π)=95% confidence interval (CI) ] was: lower extremity thrombosis and varicosity (80.79-95.47 ), post cesarean section (55.64-87.12), lower extremity bone surgery or fracture (52.76-87.27 ), cancer operation (52.19-78.19), atrial fibrillation or heart failure (53.30-74.88), obesity (23.14-50.20), post abdominal surgery (20.23-59.43), diabetes (19.12-63.95), chronic bronchitis (1.80-23.06), normal control group (3.47-22.66). Except chronic bronchitis, PE prevalence rate between patients group and control group had significant difference (P99Tcm-MAA and DTPA lung imaging should be done as early as possible. (authors)

  5. Recent advances in the management of pulmonary embolism: focus on the critically ill patients.

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    Meyer, Guy; Vieillard-Baron, Antoine; Planquette, Benjamin

    2016-12-01

    The aim of this narrative review is to summarize for intensivists or any physicians managing "severe" pulmonary embolism (PE) the main recent advances or recommendations in the care of patients including risk stratification, diagnostic algorithm, hemodynamic management in the intensive care unit (ICU), recent data regarding the use of thrombolytic treatment and retrievable vena cava filters and finally results of direct oral anticoagulants. Thanks to the improvements achieved in the risk stratification of patients with PE, a better therapeutic approach is now recommended from diagnosis algorithm and indication to admission in ICU to indication of thrombolysis and general hemodynamic support in patients with shock. Given at current dosage, thrombolytic therapy is associated with a reduction in the combined end-point of mortality and hemodynamic decompensation in patients with intermediate-risk PE, but this is obtained without a decrease in overall mortality and with a significant increase in major extracranial and intracranial bleeding. In patients with high-intermediate-risk PE, thrombolytic therapy should be given in case of hemodynamic worsening. Vena cava filters are of little help when anticoagulant treatment is not contraindicated, even in patients with PE and features of clinical severity. Finally, direct oral anticoagulants have been shown to be as effective as and safer than the combination of low molecular weight heparin and vitamin K antagonist(s) in patients with venous thromboembolism and low- to intermediate-risk PE. PMID:26934891

  6. Role of inferior vena cava filter implantation in preventing pulmonary embolism

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    A retrospective review of all patients undergoing IVC filter implantation at Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, from June 2004 to June 2006 was conducted to study the indications of inferior vena cava (IVC) filter use and impact on short-term morbidity/mortality. A total of 17 patients received IVC filters. Five patients were excluded due to data loss. One month clinical followup was available for 12 patients and 6 months follow-up was also available for 4 of 12 patients. The underlying disease was deep venous thrombosis (DVT) with pulmonary embolism (PE) in 6 (50%), DVT without PE in 4 (33.3%) and PE with negative duplex scan for DVT in 2 (16.6%) patients, respectively. Indications for IVC filter implantation were DVT and/or PE with contraindication to anticoagulation in 8 (66.7%) and DVT and/or PE with complications of anticoagulation in 4 (33.3%) patients. No procedure-related complications were noted in all 17 patients. Three patients (25%) died of non-PE related causes during the 1st month. There were no PE related mortalities at 6 months. This data set indicates that IVC filter implantation is a safe procedure with no short-term morbidity/mortality and potential long-term mortality benefit. (author)

  7. Pulmonary embolism – current guidelines and advanced solutions for specific problems

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    Full text: Because of evasive and nonspecific diagnostic symptoms, pulmonary embolism (PE) is one of the most common causes of unexpected death. The condition is manageable if it is diagnosed and treated in a timely fashion. There are some specific patient groups, such as pregnant patients, children, cancer patients and those with non-thrombotic PE. The clinical pathway for evaluating those specific groups with suspected Pe has been a topic of debate an is highly variable, depending on institutional preferences, resource availability, and the individual practice patterns of radiologist and referring clinicians. The goal of this presentation is to familiarize radiologists with the new guidelines on this topic, published in 2014 and to allow all of them to provide the most appropriate care in such a specific situations. We also discuss and illustrate currently available diagnostic imaging tests in terms of advantages, disadvantages, clinical implications, and future outlook. Learning objectives: to summarize current estimates of radiation exposure; to describe dose reduction techniques; to discuss risk management initiatives

  8. Evaluation of pulmonary embolism in a pediatric population with high clinical suspicion

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    Pulmonary embolism (PE) is an underdiagnosed entity in the pediatric population in part because of the low level of suspicion and awareness in the clinical world. To examine its relative prevalence, associated risk factors and imaging features in our pediatric population. A total of 92 patients age 21 years and younger with a high clinical suspicion of PE and who had available radiographic studies were identified from January 2003 to September 2006. Patients with a positive CT scan or a high probability ventilation/perfusion scan formed the case group; patients with a high clinical suspicion of PE and no radiographic evidence of PE or deep venous thrombosis (DVT), randomly matched in age and sex, became the matched control group. We reviewed the charts of both groups and analyzed the imaging studies. In our hospital, the prevalence of PE in patients with a strong suspicion of PE was 14%. The overall prevalence of thromboembolic disease (PE and/or DVT) was 25%. Recent surgery or orthopedic procedure, blood dyscrasias and contraceptive use were more common in patients with PE. No child died of PE in our study. The youngest child with PE in our study was 13 years. Girls were twice as likely to develop PE as boys. PE is a relatively common diagnosis in our tertiary care pediatric population when the clinical suspicion is high. We suggest increased awareness and index of suspicion in order to initiate prompt diagnostic imaging and treatment. (orig.)

  9. Comparison of the CT and pathologic findings of pulmonary fat embolism induced by triolein and oleic acid in rabbits

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    Baik, Hye Won; Yoo, Seung Min; Lee, Hwa Yeon [Chung-Ang University Hopital, Chung-Ang University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)] (and others)

    2006-02-15

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the CT findings of pulmonary fat embolism syndrome that was induced by triolein and oleic acid, along with tis pathologic correlation. 16 rabbits were included in this study. The rabbits in group I (n=8) were embolized with 0.2 mL triolein and the rabbits of group II (n=8) were embolized with 0.2 mL oleic acid through ear veins. HRCT scans were done prior to embolization and at 0.5, 4, 24, 48 and 72 hours post-embolization. The pathologic correlation were determined at 0.5, 24, 48 and 72 hours. At 24 hours, one group I rabbit showed abnormal CT findings that were composed of several 2-3 mm nodules and multiple ill-defined peripheral ground glass opacities. The pathologic finding of this rabbit at 48 hours was mainly intraarveolar edema. All the group II rabbits (n=8/8) showed ill-defined bilateral and peripheral ground glass opacities with (n=6/8) or without consolidations (n=2/8) on the 0.5 hour CT. All the rabbits (n=7/7) showed that the new ground glass opacities and ground glass opacities noted on the 0.5 hour CT were changed into consolidation. The margins of the ground glass opacities and consolidations were more sharpened on the 24 hours CT. All 6 rabbits (n=6/6) showed consolidations without ground glass opacities and the margins of the consolidations were more sharpened on the 48 hours CT. There was no significant interval change on the 72 hours CT. The pathologic findings of ground glass opacities were interstitial edema or mild intraalveolar edema. The pathologic findings of consolidation were intraalveolar edema, hemorrhage and coagulation necrosis. The CT findings after fat embolization using triolein and oleic acid were ill-defined peripheral ground glass opacities with/without consolidations. These findings occurred in only one triolein group with the time lag, but these findings were immediately and extensively seen in all group II rabbits. These CT findings may be important for making a diagnosis of pulmonary

  10. Application of labeled radioimmunoimaging tracing in detecting pulmonary embolism in rabbits after bone cement perfusion and relevant treatment effects

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    QI Xiang-bei; ZHANG Ying-ze; PAN Jin-she; MA Li-jie; WANG Jian-zhao; WANG Lin

    2011-01-01

    Background During the process of bone cement joint replacement,some patients show a series of complications,such as a sudden drop in blood pressure or dyspnea.The cause of the complication is considered to be due to emboli caused by the femur prosthesis insertion.The purpose of the present study was to detect the pulmonary embolism in rabbits after bone cement perfusion by radioimmunoimaging,and to explore its protective measures.Methods Forty rabbits,2.5-3.0 kg weight,were randomly assigned to four groups,with ten rabbits in each group.Group Ⅰ (no intervention):Bone cement perfusion was done after medullary cavity reaming and pressurizing.Group Ⅱ (epinephrine hydrochloride intervention):The medullary cavity was rinsed with a 1:10000 normal saline-diluted epinephrine hydrochloride solution followed by bone cement perfusion after medullary cavity reaming and pressurizing.Group Ⅲ (fibrin sealant intervention):The medullary cavity was precoated with fibrin sealant followed by bone cement perfusion after medullary cavity reaming and pressurizing.Group Ⅳ (blank control group):The medullary cavity was not perfused with bone cement after reaming.In each group,the rabbits underwent femoral head resection and medullary cavity reaming.Before bone cement perfusion,2 ml of developing tracer was injected through the ear vein.Radionuclide imaging was performed at 60,120,and 180 minutes after bone cement perfusion,and the pulmonary radioactivity in vivo was measured.The rabbits were immediately sacrificed,and the pulmonary tissue was removed and its radioactivity was measured in vitro.Pulmonary tissue was then fixed and the pulmonary embolism and the associated pathological changes were observed.Results The pulmonary radioactivity in vivo was measured at 60,120,and 180 minutes after bone cement perfusion.The radioactivities of the four groups were 11.67±2.16,14.59±2.92 and 18.43±4.83 in group Ⅰ; 8.37±3.05,10.35±2.24 and 11.48±2.96 in group Ⅱ; 3.91±1.19,5.53±2

  11. Successful Off-Label Use of Recombinant Factor VIIa and Coil Embolization in an Adolescent with Massive Hemoptysis Due to Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis

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    Full Text Available Invasive fungal infections have turned out to be a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in pediatric patients with malignant disorders. Massive hemoptysis, a rare complication of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, may threaten the lives of patients, usually during the resolution of neutropenia. In this report, we describe a patient with massive hemoptysis due to invasive pulmonary aspergillosis whose bleeding was controlled successfully with off-label use of recombinant factor VIIa and subsequent coil embolization of the right pulmonary artery.

  12. Pulmonary embolization of immature Fascioloides magna causing fatal hemothorax confirmed by molecular technique in a heifer in the United States.

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    Lee, Jung Keun; Rosser, Thomas Graham; Cooley, Jim

    2016-09-01

    The current report describes the use of a molecular technique to identify immature Fascioloides magna An 18-month-old Brangus heifer was found dead in the field without any prior clinical signs. The cause of death was exsanguination into the thoracic cavity associated with pulmonary embolization and infection by immature Fascioloides magna resulting in 2 large foci of pulmonary necrosis and focal arteriolar and lung rupture. The liver had a few random migratory tracts with typical iron and porphyrin fluke exhaust, but no identified fluke larvae. A single immature fluke was found in the lungs, and species level identification as F. magna was confirmed by DNA sequence analysis of the ribosomal internal transcribed spacer regions (ITS1 region, 5.8S rRNA gene, and ITS2) and of partial 28S rRNA gene sequence. This is one of only a few pulmonary fascioloidiasis cases associated with hemothorax in the veterinary literature. PMID:27423736

  13. Analysis of decrease in lung perfusion blood volume with occlusive and non-occlusive pulmonary embolisms

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    Ikeda, Yohei, E-mail: ypfranky1@ybb.ne.jp [Department of Radiology, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Science (Japan); Yoshimura, Norihiko [Department of Radiology, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Science (Japan); Hori, Yoshiro [Department of Radiology, Showa University Fujigaoka Hospital (Japan); Horii, Yosuke; Ishikawa, Hiroyuki [Department of Radiology, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Science (Japan); Yamazaki, Motohiko [Department of Radiology, Niigata City General Hospital (Japan); Noto, Yoshiyuki [Department of Radiology, Niigata University Medical and Dental Hospital (Japan); Aoyama, Hidefumi [Department of Radiology, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Science (Japan)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • The proportion of preserved PE lesions in the non-occlusive group was 76.7% (33/43). • HUs of the iodine map were significantly higher in the non-occlusive group than in the occlusive group. • There was no significant difference in HUs between the non-occlusive and corresponding normal group. - Abstract: Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine if lung perfusion blood volume (lung PBV) with non-occlusive pulmonary embolism (PE) differs quantitatively and visually from that with occlusive PE and to investigate if lung PBV with non-occlusive PE remains the same as that without PE. Materials and methods: Totally, 108 patients suspected of having acute PE underwent pulmonary dual-energy computed tomography angiography (DECTA) between April 2011 and January 2012. Presence of PE on DECTA was evaluated by one radiologist. Two radiologists visually evaluated the PE distribution (segmental or subsegmental) and its nature (occlusive or non-occlusive) on DECTA and classified perfusion in lung PBV as “decreased,” “slightly decreased,” and “preserved”. Two radiologists used a lung PBV application to set a region of interest (ROI) in the center of the lesion and measured HU values of an iodine map. In the same slice as the ROI of the lesion and close to the lesion, another ROI was set in the normal perfusion area without PE, and HUs were measured. The proportion of lesions was compared between the occlusive and non-occlusive groups. HUs were compared among the occlusive, non-occlusive, and corresponding normal groups. Results: Twenty-five patients had 80 segmental or subsegmental lesions. There were 37 and 43 lesions in the occlusive and non-occlusive groups, respectively. The proportion of decreased lesions was 73.0% (27/37) in the occlusive group, while that of preserved lesions in the non-occlusive group was 76.7% (33/43). There was a significant difference in the proportion of lesions (P < 0.001) between the two groups. HUs of the

  14. Analysis of decrease in lung perfusion blood volume with occlusive and non-occlusive pulmonary embolisms

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    Highlights: • The proportion of preserved PE lesions in the non-occlusive group was 76.7% (33/43). • HUs of the iodine map were significantly higher in the non-occlusive group than in the occlusive group. • There was no significant difference in HUs between the non-occlusive and corresponding normal group. - Abstract: Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine if lung perfusion blood volume (lung PBV) with non-occlusive pulmonary embolism (PE) differs quantitatively and visually from that with occlusive PE and to investigate if lung PBV with non-occlusive PE remains the same as that without PE. Materials and methods: Totally, 108 patients suspected of having acute PE underwent pulmonary dual-energy computed tomography angiography (DECTA) between April 2011 and January 2012. Presence of PE on DECTA was evaluated by one radiologist. Two radiologists visually evaluated the PE distribution (segmental or subsegmental) and its nature (occlusive or non-occlusive) on DECTA and classified perfusion in lung PBV as “decreased,” “slightly decreased,” and “preserved”. Two radiologists used a lung PBV application to set a region of interest (ROI) in the center of the lesion and measured HU values of an iodine map. In the same slice as the ROI of the lesion and close to the lesion, another ROI was set in the normal perfusion area without PE, and HUs were measured. The proportion of lesions was compared between the occlusive and non-occlusive groups. HUs were compared among the occlusive, non-occlusive, and corresponding normal groups. Results: Twenty-five patients had 80 segmental or subsegmental lesions. There were 37 and 43 lesions in the occlusive and non-occlusive groups, respectively. The proportion of decreased lesions was 73.0% (27/37) in the occlusive group, while that of preserved lesions in the non-occlusive group was 76.7% (33/43). There was a significant difference in the proportion of lesions (P < 0.001) between the two groups. HUs of the

  15. Pulmonary Embolization of Fat and Bone Marrow in Cynomolgus Macaques (Macaca fascicularis)

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    2011-01-01

    Fat embolization (FE), the introduction of bone marrow elements into circulation, is a known complication of bone fractures. Although FE has been described in other animal models, this study represents the first reported cases of FE and bone marrow embolism in nonhuman primates. Histopathologic findings from cynomolgus macaques (Macaca fascicularis) indicated that in all 5 cases, fat and bone marrow embolization occurred subsequent to multiple bone marrow biopsies. In the most severe case, ex...

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

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

    2007-08-15

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

  17. Lung infarction following pulmonary embolism. A comparative study on clinical conditions and CT findings to identify predisposing factors

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    Kirchner, J.; Obermann, A.; Stueckradt, S.; Tueshaus, C. [General Hospital Hagen (Germany). Radiology; Goltz, J.; Kickuth, R. [University Hospital Wuerzburg (Germany). Radiology; Liermann, D. [University Hospital Marienhospital Herne (Germany). Radiology

    2015-06-15

    The aim of this study was to identify factors predisposing to lung infarction in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE). We performed a retrospective analysis on 154 patients with the final diagnosis of PE being examined between January 2009 and December 2012 by means of a Toshiba Aquilion 64 CT scanner. The severity of clinical symptoms was defined by means of a clinical index with 4 classes. The pulmonary clot load was quantified using a modified severity index of PE as proposed by Miller. We correlated several potential predictors of pulmonary infarction such as demographic data, pulmonary clot burden, distance of total vascular obstruction and pleura, the presence of cardiac congestion, signs of chronic bronchitis or emphysema with the occurrence of pulmonary infarction. Computed tomography revealed 78 areas of pulmonary infarction in 45/154 (29.2%) patients. The presence of infarction was significantly higher in the right lung than in the left lung (p < 0.001). We found no correlation between pulmonary infarction and the presence of accompanying malignant diseases (r=-0.069), signs of chronic bronchitis (r=-0.109), cardiac congestion (r=-0.076), the quantified clot burden score (r=0.176), and the severity of symptoms (r=-0.024). Only a very weak negative correlation between the presence of infarction and age (r=-0.199) was seen. However, we could demonstrate a moderate negative correlation between the distance of total vascular occlusion and the occurrence of infarction (r=-0.504). Neither cardiac congestion nor the degree of pulmonary vascular obstruction are main factors predisposing to pulmonary infarction in patients with PE. It seems that a peripheral total vascular obstruction more often results in infarction than even massive central clot burden.

  18. Lung infarction following pulmonary embolism. A comparative study on clinical conditions and CT findings to identify predisposing factors

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    The aim of this study was to identify factors predisposing to lung infarction in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE). We performed a retrospective analysis on 154 patients with the final diagnosis of PE being examined between January 2009 and December 2012 by means of a Toshiba Aquilion 64 CT scanner. The severity of clinical symptoms was defined by means of a clinical index with 4 classes. The pulmonary clot load was quantified using a modified severity index of PE as proposed by Miller. We correlated several potential predictors of pulmonary infarction such as demographic data, pulmonary clot burden, distance of total vascular obstruction and pleura, the presence of cardiac congestion, signs of chronic bronchitis or emphysema with the occurrence of pulmonary infarction. Computed tomography revealed 78 areas of pulmonary infarction in 45/154 (29.2%) patients. The presence of infarction was significantly higher in the right lung than in the left lung (p < 0.001). We found no correlation between pulmonary infarction and the presence of accompanying malignant diseases (r=-0.069), signs of chronic bronchitis (r=-0.109), cardiac congestion (r=-0.076), the quantified clot burden score (r=0.176), and the severity of symptoms (r=-0.024). Only a very weak negative correlation between the presence of infarction and age (r=-0.199) was seen. However, we could demonstrate a moderate negative correlation between the distance of total vascular occlusion and the occurrence of infarction (r=-0.504). Neither cardiac congestion nor the degree of pulmonary vascular obstruction are main factors predisposing to pulmonary infarction in patients with PE. It seems that a peripheral total vascular obstruction more often results in infarction than even massive central clot burden.

  19. Low rate of asymptomatic cerebral embolism and improved procedural efficiency with the novel pulmonary vein ablation catheter GOLD: results of the PRECISION GOLD trial

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    De Greef, Yves; Dekker, Lukas; Boersma, Lucas; Murray, Stephen; Wieczorek, Marcus; Spitzer, Stefan G.; Davidson, Neil; Furniss, Steve; Hocini, Mélèze; Geller, J. Christoph; Csanádi, Zoltan

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    Aims This prospective, multicentre study (PRECISION GOLD) evaluated the incidence of asymptomatic cerebral embolism (ACE) after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) using a new gold multi-electrode radiofrequency (RF) ablation catheter, pulmonary vein ablation catheter (PVAC) GOLD. Also, procedural efficiency of PVAC GOLD was compared with ERACE. The ERACE study demonstrated that a low incidence of ACE can be achieved with a platinum multi-electrode RF catheter (PVAC) combined with procedural manoeuvres to reduce emboli. Methods and results A total of 51 patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) (age 57 ± 9 years, CHA2DS2-VASc score 1.4 ± 1.4) underwent AF ablation with PVAC GOLD. Continuous oral anticoagulation using vitamin K antagonists, submerged catheter introduction, and heparinization (ACT ≥ 350 s prior to ablation) were applied. Cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans were performed within 48 h before and 16–72 h post-ablation. Cognitive function assessed by the Mini-Mental State Exam at baseline and 30 days post-ablation. New post-procedural ACE occurred in only 1 of 48 patients (2.1%) and was not detectable on MRI after 30 days. The average number of RF applications per patient to achieve PVI was lower in PRECISION GOLD (20.3 ± 10.0) than in ERACE (28.8 ± 16.1; P = 0.001). Further, PVAC GOLD ablations resulted in significantly fewer low-power (energy modes, respectively). Mini-Mental State Exam was unchanged in all patients. Conclusion Atrial fibrillation ablation with PVAC GOLD in combination with established embolic lowering manoeuvres results in a low incidence of ACE. Pulmonary vein ablation catheter GOLD demonstrates improved biophysical efficiency compared with platinum PVAC. Trial registration ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01767558. PMID:26826134

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

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

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    Öznur Şen

    2015-12-01

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

  2. Clinical Analysis of 208 Cases of Pulmonary Embolism%208例肺栓塞的临床分析

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    杨玥; 张爱珍; 杜永成

    2015-01-01

    目的:回顾性分析肺栓塞病例的临床特点、诊断和治疗方法,减少漏诊、误诊,提高对肺栓塞患者的诊断率和治愈率。方法对2009年1月至2013年9月入住山西省人民医院的208例肺栓塞患者的相关危险因素、临床表现、辅助检查结果及治疗方法进行回顾性分析。结果①肺栓塞患者临床表现多样,主要有呼吸困难、咳嗽、胸憋、胸痛和下肢肿胀。②肺栓塞的主要相关危险因素依次为深静脉血栓形成、高血压、吸烟和心功能不全。③常规检查项目中D-二聚体测定可作为筛查肺栓塞的敏感但非特异性指标。④溶栓序贯抗凝治疗与单纯抗凝治疗的治愈率比较二者差异有统计学意义,总有效率差异无统计学意义。结论肺栓塞临床表现及常规检查缺乏特异性,对疑诊患者应综合考虑,提高确诊率,积极治疗。%Objective To retrospectively analyze the clinical features ,diagnosis and therapy of pulmonary embolism for reduction of misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis, and for improving the cure rate.Methods The data of related risk factors, clinical manifestation, auxiliary examination results and treatment of 208 patients with pulmonary embolism in Shanxi Province people’s hospital were summarized.Results①Pulmonary embolism in patients with clinical manifestations of diversity, malnly include dyspnea, cough, chest suppress, chest paln and swelling of lower limbs.②The maln risk factors related to pulmonary embolism are deep vein thrombosis, high blood pressure, smoking and cardiac insufifciency.③Routine inspection project D-dimer determination can be used as screening sensitive but not speciifc indicator of pulmonary embolism.④Thrombolysis sequential anticoagulation compared with pure anticoagulant therapy cure rate was statistically signiifcant difference in, there was no statistically signiifcant difference in total effective rate.Conclusions clinical

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

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    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.

  4. Economic evaluation of a clinical protocol for diagnosing emergency patients with suspected pulmonary embolism

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    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The objective of this paper is to estimate the amount of cost-savings to the Australian health care system from implementing an evidence-based clinical protocol for diagnosing emergency patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE at the Emergency department of a Victorian public hospital with 50,000 presentations in 2001–2002. Methods A cost-minimisation study used the data collected in a controlled clinical trial of a clinical protocol for diagnosing patients with suspected PE. Thenumber and type of diagnostic tests in a historic cohort of 185 randomly selected patients, who presented to the emergency department with suspectedPE during an eight month period prior to the clinical trial (January 2002 -August 2002 were compared with the number and type of diagnostic tests in745 patients, who presented to the emergency department with suspected PE from November 2002 to August 2003. Current Medicare fees per test were usedas unit costs to calculate the mean aggregated cost of diagnostic investigation per patient in both study groups. A t-test was used to estimate the statistical significance of the difference in the cost of resources used for diagnosing PE in the control and in the intervention group. Results The trial demonstrated that diagnosing PE using an evidence-based clinical protocol was as effective as the existing clinical practice. The clinical protocol offers the advantage of reducing the use of diagnostic imaging, resulting in an average cost savings of at least $59.30 per patient. Conclusion Extrapolating the observed cost-savings of $59.30 per patient to the wholeof Australia could potentially result in annual savings between $3.1 million to $3.7 million.

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

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    2011-09-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

  8. Diagnosing Pulmonary Embolism in Pregnancy: Are Biomarkers and Clinical Predictive Models Useful?

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    Parilla, Barbara V.; Fournogerakis, Rachel; Archer, Amy; Sulo, Suela; Laurent, Lisa; Lee, Patricia; Chhotani, Benazir; Hesse, Kathleen; Kulstad, Erik

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    Objective The objective of this study was to evaluate whether trimester-specific D-dimer levels or the modified Wells score (MWS) is a useful risk stratification tool to exclude pregnant women at low risk of pulmonary embolism (PE) from diagnostic imaging. Study Design This is a prospective and retrospective cohort study. Pregnant women who underwent diagnostic imaging for suspected PE were prospectively enrolled. D-dimer serum levels were drawn, and a MWS was assigned. Pregnant women diagnosed with a PE before study launch who underwent diagnostic imaging and had a D-dimer level drawn were also evaluated. Results In this study, 17 patients were diagnosed with a PE and 42 patients had no PE on diagnostic imaging. Sixteen out of 17 patients with a PE versus 11 out of 42 without PE had an abnormal D-dimer level (p = 0.001). Four patients with a PE versus zero without a PE had an abnormal MWS (p = 0.005). The combination of a trimester-specific D-dimer level along with the MWS was abnormal in all 17 patients with a documented PE versus 11/42 (26.2%) patients without a documented PE (p = 0.001). Conclusion A combination of trimester-specific D-dimer levels along with a MWS can be used in pregnancy to triage women into a low-risk category for PE and thereby avoid radiation exposure in a majority of pregnant patients. PMID:27119048

  9. Fatal pulmonary embolism following ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy combined with multiple microphlebectomies.

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    Bruijninckx, Cornelis Ma

    2016-08-01

    Ambulatory ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy (UGFS) for refluxing saphenous veins is considered a safe therapy. Venous thromboembolic complications after UGFS as well as after all other ambulatory ablative venous interventions are rarely reported. This paper reports a fatal pulmonary embolism (PE) following UGFS in combination with an extended phlebectomy, and questions what measures should be taken to minimize the risk for thromboembolic complications after these procedures. In the reported case (unsuspected), extensive non-occluding atherosclerosis as well as obesity in combination with use of an oral contraceptive might have contributed to the development of the PE while the use of a β-blocker might have increased its fatal course considerably. Routine measurement of the ankle-brachial pressure index reduces the risk for undetected atherosclerosis. It appears that 'in the real world' of ambulatory phlebological treatments thromboembolic complications are more common (2.4-4.7%) and appear accompanied by post-procedural mortality. It is concluded therefore that pharmacological thromboprophylaxis appears warranted in selected cases, perhaps even routine application could be considered. Attention is drawn to the highly thrombogenic but not uncommon combination of overweight and use of oral contraceptive. Apart from applying some form of pharmacological thromboprophylaxis, technical adaptations that might prevent or reduce spill over of foam into the deep venous system should be considered. Firstly, next to adherence to the generally accepted maximum of 10 mL of foam per session, it seems prudent to maximize the injected volume of foam per site. Secondly, it seems best to inject the foam in an elevated leg without groin compression. The concentration of the sclerosant does not appear decisive in this respect, although higher concentrations appear more effective and therefore might be injected in lower volumes without compromising efficacy. PMID:26338843

  10. Analyses of Paradoxical Embolism Originated from Pulmonary Embolism: Chinese Literature Review and A Case Report%肺栓塞合并矛盾性栓塞国内文献分析:附一例报告

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    蒋德雄; 王廷杰; 王红军; 冉梅

    2012-01-01

    Objective To improve the knowledge of paradoxical embolism originated from pulmonary embolism. Methods The medical literature about pulmonary embolism complicated with paradoxical embolism from 1998 to 2011 was searched from " Wanfang medical literature database". Meanwhile 1 case diagnosed in Central Hospital of Dazhou City was reported. Then the clinical characteristics were summarized. Results 51 cases of pulmonary embolism complicated with paradoxical embolism were diagnosed,aged from 23 to 76 years old. There were 27 males and 23 females, and sex was unknown in 1 case. In all cases, the cerebral embolism occurred in 30 cases(58. 8% ) ,lower limb artery embolism in 14 cases(27. 4% ) ,kidney artery embolism in 6 cases(ll. 8% ) ,patent foramen ovale with straddling thrombus in 4 cases(8% ),multiple embolism in 8 cases( 15. 7% ) ,heart ventricle with straddling thrombus in 1 case (1. 96% ) ,coronary artery embolism in 1 case( 1. 96% ) ,aorta embolism in 1 case( 1. 96% ) , and spleen embolism in 1 case (1.96%). There were 35 patients ( 68. 8% ) with patent foramen ovale and 7 cases (13.7%) died. Conclusions Paradoxical embolism waranted more awareness in the cases of pulmonary embolism and/or venous thromboembolism and aggressive screening might avoid misdiagnosis.%目的 综合分析国内肺栓塞合并矛盾栓塞的临床情况,提高对矛盾性栓塞的认识.方法 通过检索“万方医学文献数据库”有关肺栓塞合并矛盾性栓塞或反常栓塞的国内文献,结合达州市中心医院收治的1例病例,汇总分析相关临床资料.结果 国内文献报道肺栓塞合并矛盾性栓塞患者共51例,男27例,女23例,1例性别不详;年龄23 ~ 76岁.发生脑栓塞30例(58.8%),肢体动脉栓塞14例(27.4%),肾动脉栓塞6例(11.8%),卵圆孔血栓骑跨4例(8%),多部位栓塞8例(15.7%),心室骑跨、冠状动脉栓塞、主动脉栓塞及脾栓塞各1例(各1.96%);其中记录卵圆孔开放35例(68.8%),死亡7

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

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

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

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

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

  13. SU-E-I-98: Dose Comparison for Pulmonary Embolism CT Studies: Single Energy Vs. Dual Energy

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    Mahmood, U; Erdi, Y [Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY, NY (United States)

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    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess and compare the size specific dose estimate (SSDE), dose length product (DLP) and noise relationship for pulmonary embolism studies evaluated by single source dual energy computed tomography (DECT) against conventional CT (CCT) studies in a busy cancer center and to determine the dose savings provided by DECT. Methods: An IRB-approved retrospective study was performed to determine the CTDIvol and DLP from a subset of patients scanned with both DECT and CCT over the past five years. We were able to identify 30 breast cancer patients (6 male, 24 female, age range 24 to 81) who had both DECT and CCT studies performed. DECT scans were performed with a GE HD 750 scanner (140/80 kVp, 480 mAs and 40 mm) and CCT scans were performed with a GE Lightspeed 16 slice scanner (120 kVp, 352 mAs, 20 mm). Image noise was measured by placing an ROI and recording the standard deviation of the mean HU along the descending aorta. Results: The average DECT patient size specific dose estimate was to be 14.2 ± 1.7 mGy as compared to 22.4 ± 2.7 mGy from CCT PE studies, which is a 37% reduction in the SSDE. The average DECT DLP was 721.8 ± 84.6 mGy-cm as compared to 981.8 ± 106.1 mGy-cm for CCT, which is a 26% decrease. Compared to CCT the image noise was found to decrease by 19% when using DECT for PE studies. Conclusion: DECT SSDE and DLP measurements indicate dose savings and image noise reduction when compared to CCT. In an environment that heavily debates CT patient doses, this study confirms the effectiveness of DECT in PE imaging.

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

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

    2012-11-15

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

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

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

  16. Pulmonary embolism incidence and fatality trends in chinese hospitals from 1997 to 2008: a multicenter registration study.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: There has not been sufficient evidence to support the Asians being less susceptible to pulmonary embolism (PE than other ethnicities, because the prevalence of PE/deep venous thrombosis (DVT in different racial and ethnic groups has not been carefully studied until recently except in Caucasians. To test the hypothesis that the Chinese population has a lower risk for PE, this study comprehensively assessed the hospital-based incidence and case fatality rates for PE during the 1997-2008 in China. METHODS: A registration study of patients with suspected PE syndromes admitted to 60 level-3 hospitals involved in the National Cooperative Project for the Prevention and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism (NCPPT was conducted from January 1997 to December 2008. The only exclusion criterion was an age of less than 18 years. Helical computed tomography scan, ventilation-perfusion lung scintigraphy or pulmonary angiography was carried out before or after hospitalization. All images were reviewed and evaluated independently by two specialists. RESULTS: A total of 18,206 patients were confirmed with PE from 16,972,182 hospital admissions. The annual incidence was 0.1% (95% CI: 0.1% to 0.2%. The overall incidence of PE in male patients (0.2%, 95% CI: 0.1% to 0.3% was higher than that in female patients (0.1% and 95% CI: 0.0% to 0.1%. An increasing incidence gradient for PE was noticed from Southern to Northern China. In addition, the case fatality rate was apparently decreasing: 25.1% (95% CI: 16.2% to 36.9% in 1997 to 8.7% (95% CI: 3.5% to 15.8% in 2008. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest the relatively stable PE incidence and decreasing fatality trends in Chinese hospitals may be partially attributable to the implementation of the NCCPT and suggest the government should reevaluate the severity of PE so that health resources for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of PE could be used to their fullest.

  17. Worsening Hypoxemia in the Face of Increasing PEEP: A Case of Large Pulmonary Embolism in the Setting of Intracardiac Shunt.

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    Granati, Glen T; Teressa, Getu

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND Patent foramen ovale (PFO) are common, normally resulting in a left-to-right shunt or no net shunting. Pulmonary embolism (PE) can cause sustained increased pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) and right atrial pressure. Increasing positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) improves oxygenation at the expense of increasing intrathoracic pressures (ITP). Airway pressure release ventilation (APRV) decreases shunt fraction, improves ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) matching, increases cardiac output, and decreases right atrial pressure by facilitating low airway pressure. CASE REPORT A 40-year-old man presented with dyspnea and hemoptysis. Oxygen saturation (SaO2) 80% on room air with A-a gradient of 633 mmHg. Post-intubation SaO2 dropped to 71% on assist control, FiO2 100%, and PEEP of 5 cmH20. Successive PEEP dropped SaO2 to 60-70% and blood pressure plummeted. APRV was initaiated with improvement in SaO2 to 95% and improvement in blood pressure. Hemiparesis developed and