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Varun Miriyala, Muhammad Umer Awan, Kirmanj Faraj, Bipinpreet Nagra
A 72-year-old male is diagnosed with paradoxical embolus after he presented with concurrent deep vein thrombosis, stroke, and multiple arterial emboli in the presence of a patent foramen ovale (PFO). Paradoxical embolus requires the passage of a thrombus from the venous into the arterial circulation through a right-to-left shunt leading to systemic embolism. But, despite the high incidence of PFO (27.3% across all age groups by autopsy), paradoxical embolism (PDE) is uncommon, representing <2% of all arterial emboli...
2016: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
Michael Madani, Eckhard Mayer, Elie Fadel, David P Jenkins
In chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, thromboemboli do not undergo resolution but instead become highly organized and fibrotic, resulting in obstruction of segments of the pulmonary vascular tree. Progressive pulmonary hypertension ensues, with substantial associated morbidity and mortality. Despite advances in medical therapy for some types of pulmonary hypertension, surgical pulmonary endarterectomy, also referred to as pulmonary thromboendarterectomy, remains the only potentially curative option for patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension...
July 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
William R Auger, Jess Mandel, Joanna Pepke-Zaba
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension is a progressive and life-threatening condition that is believed to be related to inadequate dissolution of acute pulmonary thromboemboli, followed by fibrotic organization. Without appropriate treatment, progressive pulmonary hypertension, right ventricular failure, and death may occur. While the disorder was initially described nearly a century ago in autopsy studies, antemortem diagnosis became feasible with the advent of cardiac catheterization and angiography techniques in the 1940s, while surgical thromboendarterectomy was not attempted until the 1960s...
July 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Glen T Granati, Getu Teressa
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...
2016: American Journal of Case Reports
Ivan M Robbins, Meredith E Pugh, Anna R Hemnes
Chronic, unresolved thromboemboli are an important cause of pulmonary hypertension (PH) with specific treatment strategies differing from other types of PH. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is classified as group 4 PH by the World Health Organization. It is a rare, but underdiagnosed, complication of acute pulmonary embolism that does not resolve and results in occlusion of large pulmonary arteries with a fibro-thrombotic material. The etiology of CTEPH remains uncertain, and it is unknown why certain patients with acute pulmonary embolism develop this disorder...
May 25, 2016: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
C L Shovlin, I Awan, Z Cahilog, F N Abdulla, A E Guttmacher
INTRODUCTION: Cardiac phenotypes should be pronounced in hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) due to frequent systemic arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), iron deficiency anemia, hypoxemia, hyperdynamic circulations, venous thromboemboli, and paradoxical emboli through pulmonary AVMs. METHODS/RESULTS: In an international survey, 1025 respondents (median age 55years) met HHT diagnostic criteria: 942 (91.9%) reported nosebleeds, 452 (44.1%) at least daily. AVMs were commonly reported in pulmonary (544, 53%), hepatic (194, 18...
July 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
John W Brown, Parth M Patel, Jiuann-Huey Ivy Lin, Asma S Habib, Mark D Rodefeld, Mark W Turrentine
BACKGROUND: The Ross aortic valve replacement (AVR) has been the AVR of choice for children at our center since 1993. Absence or inadequate quality of the pulmonary valve or, less commonly, family or surgeon preference caused us to select an alternative AVR prosthesis for some children. This review compares the outcomes of 42 children who received a non-Ross AVR with 115 children undergoing Ross root replacement at our institution during the most recent 22 years. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of the 42 pediatric non-Ross AVRs was compared with 115 Ross AVRs...
May 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Yidan D Zhao, Jenny Peng, Elise Granton, Kathleen Lin, Catherine Lu, Licun Wu, Tiago Machuca, Thomas K Waddell, Shaf Keshavjee, Marc de Perrot
This study was undertaken to characterize the molecular and pathological mechanisms of pulmonary vascular remodeling in a patient who developed chronic lung allograft dysfunction and recurrent pulmonary hypertension (PH) 22 years after undergoing a right single lung transplantation for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Histopathologic examination of the explanted lungs at the time of retransplantation showed characteristics of diffuse vascular remodeling combined with features of acute and chronic thromboemboli and evidence of bronchiolitis obliterans in the right lung allograft...
December 2015: Pulmonary Circulation
Maha Shomaf, Nathir Obeidat, Fatin Al-Fares, Saleh Najjar
Pulmonary artery sarcomas (PAS) are extremely rare sarcomas of uncertain histogenesis that often mimic pulmonary thromboemboli. This is a report of a 60-year-old female patient who presented with recurrent chest pain and cough. The patient was first diagnosed with pulmonary embolism but she did not improve on anticoagulant therapy. Follow-up imaging studies revealed a mass in the left hilar region extending into the pulmonary trunk and branches of the left pulmonary artery. The tru-cut biopsy revealed an undifferentiated sarcoma...
January 2014: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Jernej Vidmar, Igor Serša, Eduard Kralj, Peter Popovič
BACKGROUND: We report a case of unsuccessful percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy in treatment of a high-risk pulmonary embolism (PE). Pulmonary thromboemboli are commonly expected as a homogenous mass, rich with red blood cell content, which respond well to percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy (PMT). Catheter-based approach or surgical embolectomy are two treatment options that are usually considered for treatment of high-risk PE when the thrombolytic therapy fails or it is contraindicated due to a patient's persisting hemodynamic compromise...
2015: Thrombosis Journal
Oguzhan Karaoglu, Kemal Can Tertemiz, Erkan Yilmaz, Atila Akkoclu, Neşat Çullu, Cenk Elibol, Funda Dinc Elibol
AIM: To investigate the effectiveness of indirect computed tomography (CT) venography applied after pulmonary CT angiography to patients with suspected pulmonary embolism. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study comprised 80 patients at high/moderate risk of pulmonary embolism (PE) according to the clinical findings. Computed tomography venography (CTV) was performed 3-3.5 minutes after taking pulmonary CTA images. Color Doppler ultrasonography (CDUS) of the lower extremities was applied to all patients before pulmonary CTA or within 24 hours after CTA...
December 2014: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
Said Al-Mammari, Richard Owen, John Findlay, Andreas Koutsoumpas, Richard Gillies, Robert Marshall, Adam A Bailey, Nick Maynard, Bruno Sgromo, Barbara Braden
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) has become the standard treatment for early oesophageal neoplasia. The mucosal defect caused by EMR usually takes several weeks to heal. Despite guidelines on high-risk endoscopic procedures in patients on anticoagulation, evidence is lacking whether EMR is safe in such patients. We investigated the immediate and delayed bleeding risk in patients undergoing diagnostic or therapeutic oesophageal EMR comparing patients requiring warfarin anticoagulation with a control group...
June 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Bo Mi Choi, Seong Wan Son, Chan Kwon Park, Sang-Hoon Lee, Hyung Kyu Yoon
Lemierre syndrome (LS) is a septic thrombophlebitis of the internal jugular vein (IJV) following an oropharyngeal infection. LS is commonly caused by normal anaerobic flora and treated with appropriate antibiotics and anticoagulation therapy. Although the incidence of disease is very rare, 15% cases of LS are fatal even in the antibiotic era because of disseminated septic thromboemboli. We reported a case of extensive bilateral LS due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis in a 63-year-old female with lung adenocarcinoma...
July 2015: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Mina Ranji Amjad, Mehrshad Abbasi, Saeed Farzanehfar
A 22-year-old woman presented with acute left-sided pleuritic chest pain and dyspnea 6 days after surgery for revision of the stenotic central aortopulmonary shunt. She had a history of tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), pulmonary valve stenosis, ventricular septal defect and major aortopulmonary collateral artery. Her Waterston shunt was placed when she was 5 years old and stented and re-dilated after stenosis. Acute pulmonary thromboemboli (PTE) was suspected and pulmonary perfusion scan was performed with 4 mCi 99m Technetium labeled macroaggregated albumin...
April 2015: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
Drew T Marshall, John D Gilbert, Roger W Byard
A 26-year-old man who presented with a 2-year history of intermittent gynecomastia with recent onset of fever, night sweats, and abdominal distension was found to have a left-sided adrenocortical carcinoma with metastases to the liver and spine. Sudden death occurred 1 month after his presentation. At autopsy a saddle pulmonary thromboembolus was found occluding the pulmonary outflow tract, with smaller more peripheral pulmonary thromboemboli. No tumor deposits were identified in the thromboemboli. The thromboemboli had arisen from a tongue of tumor that had grown through the left adrenal vein into the inferior vena cava...
March 2007: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Sebastian Temme, Christoph Grapentin, Christine Quast, Christoph Jacoby, Maria Grandoch, Zhaoping Ding, Christoph Owenier, Friederike Mayenfels, Jens W Fischer, Rolf Schubert, Jürgen Schrader, Ulrich Flögel
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive detection of deep venous thrombi and subsequent pulmonary thromboembolism is a serious medical challenge, since both incidences are difficult to identify by conventional ultrasound techniques. METHODS AND RESULTS: Here, we report a novel technique for the sensitive and specific identification of developing thrombi using background-free 19F magnetic resonance imaging, together with α2-antiplasmin peptide (α2AP)-targeted perfluorocarbon nanoemulsions (PFCs) as contrast agent, which is cross-linked to fibrin by active factor XIII...
April 21, 2015: Circulation
David R Vinson, Carrieann E Drenten, Jie Huang, J Eileen Morley, Megan L Anderson, Mary E Reed, Daniel K Nishijima, Vincent Liu
RATIONALE: Studies of adults presenting to the emergency department (ED) with acute pulmonary embolism (PE) suggest that those who are low risk on the PE Severity Index (classes I and II) can be managed safely without hospitalization. However, the impact of relative contraindications to home management on outcomes has not been described. OBJECTIVES: To compare 5-day and 30-day adverse event rates among low-risk ED patients with acute PE without and with outpatient ineligibility criteria...
May 2015: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Rong Bing, John Yiannikas
INTRODUCTION: We present the case of a patient with exertional fat embolism on isolated exercise of his right leg two and four months after right total hip joint replacement. His immediate post-operative period had also been complicated by an acute episode of chest pain and hypotension, treated as acute coronary syndrome. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of exertional fat embolism following orthopedic surgery. CASE PRESENTATION: A 71-year-old Caucasian man underwent elective cementless total right hip joint replacement...
2014: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Jernej Vidmar, Eduard Kralj, Franci Bajd, Igor Serša
BACKGROUND: The structure of thrombi plays an important role in delaying reperfusion and re-occlusion after intravenous thrombolysis and could influence the performance of mechanical thrombectomy devices. This study aims to distinguish various thrombi groups based on their T2 and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) properties. METHODS: 26 venous thrombi (VT), 28 acute (aPTE) and 18 chronic pulmonary thromboemboli (cPTE) and 18 sedimented clots (SC) were scanned by a three-dimensional T1 -weighted spin-echo sequence and by T2 and ADC mapping...
August 2015: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
A Kovindha, P Kammuang-lue
OBJECTIVE: To report and discuss the case of an incomplete paraplegic patient who died of pulmonary embolism (PE) aggravated by manual muscle testing. SETTING: Acute spinal ward, Maharaj Hospital, Chiang Mai, Thailand. CASE REPORT: A 79-year-old man suffering from chest trauma, fractured ribs and a fracture of T11 with incomplete paraplegia, American Spinal Injury Association impairment scale D. Intercostal tubes were inserted at both sides due to haemothorax...
November 2014: Spinal Cord
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