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Submassive PE

Mahir Elder, Nimrod Blank, Amir Kaki, M Chadi Alraies, Cindy L Grines, Marvin Kajy, Reema Hasan, Tamam Mohamad, Theodore Schreiber
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) failure due to pulmonary embolism (PE) increases morbidity and mortality and contributes to prolonged hospital length of stay and higher costs of care. RV mechanical circulatory support (MCS) including Impella RP devices have been increasingly used in hemodynamically compromised PE patients who are refractory to intravascular volume expansion and inotropic therapy. However, effectiveness and safety of Impella RP, in hemodynamically unstable PE patients is unknown...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
Chloe Grace Meyer, Thomas Paul Vacek, Amit Bansal, Ravi Gurujal, Analkumar Parikh
This report illustrates a case of a 42-year-old male with a history of intravenous drug abuse who presented with septic shock. Diagnostic studies, including a transthoracic echocardiogram, chest computed tomography angiography, transesophageal echocardiogram, and blood cultures ultimately revealed Serratia marcescens pulmonic valve infective endocarditis that was treated with intravenous antibiotics. In addition to the rare form of endocarditis and bacterium involved, this case brings into awareness the dynamic nature of the hospital course that requires vigilance in responding to hypotensive episodes for consideration of pulmonary embolism...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Edwin A Takahashi, Christopher J Reisenauer, Andrew H Stockland, Haraldur Bjarnason, Melissa J Neisen, Newton B Neidert, William S Harmsen, Courtney N Day, Sanjay Misra
This study examined the potential correlation between pulmonary embolism (PE) attenuation on computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) and pulmonary artery hemodynamic response to catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT) in 10 patients with submassive PE. Treatment parameters, PE attenuation, clot burden, computed tomography signs of right ventricle dysfunction and right ventricular systolic pressure at echocardiography were retrospectively analyzed to determine correlation with pulmonary artery pressure improvement using Spearman correlation...
March 1, 2018: Vascular Medicine
Lara M Groetzinger, Taylor J Miller, Ryan M Rivosecchi, Roy E Smith, Mark T Gladwin, Belinda N Rivera-Lebron
BACKGROUND: Little data exist on the use of direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) factor Xa inhibitors for submassive pulmonary embolism (PE) after catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT). The objective of this evaluation was to determine whether the transition from parenteral anticoagulation to DOACs for submassive PE after CDT would decrease hospital length of stay (LOS) compared to warfarin. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients diagnosed with submassive PE who underwent CDT was conducted from January 1, 2012, to February 28, 2017...
January 1, 2018: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
Sailen G Naidu, Martha-Gracia Knuttinen, J Scott Kriegshauser, William G Eversman, Rahmi Oklu
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a widespread health concern associated with major morbidity and mortality. Catheter directed therapy (CDT) has emerged as a treatment option for acute PE adding to the current potential options of systemic thrombolysis or anticoagulation. The purpose of this review is to understand the rationale and indications for CDT in patients with PE. While numerous studies have shown the benefits of systemic thrombolysis compared to standard anticoagulation, these are balanced by the increased risk of major bleeding...
December 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Brett J Carroll, Samuel Z Goldhaber, Ping-Yu Liu, Gregory Piazza
Obesity is a well-established risk factor for pulmonary embolism (PE). However, treatment of PE in obese patients is challenging because of limited outcomes data, especially with advanced therapies such as catheter-based fibrinolysis. We assessed the efficacy and safety of ultrasound-facilitated, catheter-directed fibrinolysis in obese patients with submassive and massive PE enrolled in the SEATTLE II Trial. Eligible patients had a right ventricular-to-left ventricular (RV/LV) diameter ratio ≥ 0.9 on chest computed tomography (CT)...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Antonio Salsano, Elena Sportelli, Guido Maria Olivieri, Nicola Di Lorenzo, Silvia Borile, Francesco Santini
Patients with submassive pulmonary embolism (PE), although normotensive, are characterized by right ventricular (RV) dysfunction and elevated levels of biomarkers of cardiac damage. The best treatment option in these cases is still a subject of debate and the use of thrombolysis in submassive PE remains controversial. A 57-year-old Caucasian male with unprovoked PE, normal blood pressure, and elevated troponin I values was referred to the cardiovascular department. In view of the presence of a right atrium thrombus, the patient underwent surgical embolectomy under extracorporeal circulation, with the extraction of a huge thrombus together with fragmented thrombi from both pulmonary arteries...
December 2017: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
Jordana Cheta, Ashleigh Long, Paul Marik
Pulmonary embolism (PE) represents a prevalent cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, with approximately 600 000 cases diagnosed annually. The mortality rate for untreated PE is as high as 30%. Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is a sign of possible adverse outcomes with right-sided heart failure being the usual cause of death from PE. There is a spectrum of clinical presentations associated with PE diagnoses, from incidental and asymptomatic to rapid hemodynamic collapse. Despite successes in identifying patients with "high-risk" PEs for aggressive thrombolytic interventions and "low-risk" PEs for outpatient anticoagulation, a significant lack of consensus exists regarding intervention modalities for PEs identified as "intermediate risk" or "submassive," defined as normotensive (systolic blood pressure ≥90 mm Hg) with acute RV dysfunction and myocardial injury...
October 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Joshua Lampert, Behnood Bikdeli, Philip Green, Matthew R Baldwin
While trials of systemic thrombolysis for submassive and massive pulmonary embolism (PE) report intracranial haemorrhage (ICH) rates of 2%-3%, the risk of ICH in patients with recent brain surgery or intracranial neoplasm is unknown since these patients were excluded from these trials. We report a case of massive PE treated with systemic thrombolysis in a patient with recent neurosurgery for an intracranial neoplasm. We discuss the risks and benefits of systemic thrombolysis for massive PE in the context of previous case reports, prior cohort studies and trials, and current guidelines...
November 29, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
Felicity de Vere, Robyn House, Yunus Gokdogan
Pneumothorax and pulmonary embolism (PE) are two life-threatening causes of shortness of breath in patients presenting to the emergency department. A rare but more serious presentation is that of simultaneous PE and pneumothorax. We present the case of a young patient, with no known comorbidities, who presented with simultaneous submassive PE and pneumothorax. We will review how these two diagnoses may be related, consider the implications of having this dual diagnosis on the patient's management and review the current evidence surrounding thrombolysis in submassive PE...
November 21, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
Juan José Ciampi-Dopazo, Juan María Romeu-Prieto, Marcelino Sánchez-Casado, Beatriz Romerosa, Alfonso Canabal, María Luisa Rodríguez-Blanco, Carlos Lanciego
PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility of aspiration thrombectomy in patients with acute massive or submassive pulmonary embolism (PE). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective study analyzed patient demographic data, procedural details, and outcomes in 18 consecutive patients (8 men and 10 women; mean age, 60.1 y; range, 36-80 y), 10 with acute submassive PE and 8 with massive PE, treated with an Indigo Continuous Aspiration Mechanical Thrombectomy Catheter between January 2016 and February 2017...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
Nancy Huynh, Wassim H Fares, Kirstyn Brownson, Anand Brahmandam, Alfred I Lee, Alan Dardik, Timur Sarac, Cassius Iyad Ochoa Chaar
OBJECTIVE: The Caprini model estimates patients' risk for venous thromboembolism by 30 different factors. Hemodynamically significant pulmonary embolism (PE), defined as high-risk (massive) or intermediate-risk (submassive) PE, has high morbidity and mortality rates. This study tests whether the Caprini model and deep venous thrombosis (DVT) characteristics correlate with the prevalence of PE and hemodynamically significant PE in patients with DVT. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients diagnosed with DVT between January 2013 and August 2014 in a tertiary care center was performed...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
Elie Dan Schouver, Olivier Chiche, Priscille Bouvier, Denis Doyen, Pierre Cerboni, Pamela Moceri, Emile Ferrari
BACKGROUND: The benefit of volume expansion (VE) in submassive pulmonary embolism (PE) with right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is unclear. AIM: To compare the effects of diuretic treatment versus VE in patients hospitalized for PE with RV dysfunction. METHODS: We prospectively included 46 consecutive patients with submassive PE treated on admission with a 40mg bolus of furosemide (D group, n=24) or 500mL of saline infusion (VE group, n=22)...
November 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
Andrew Kesselman, William T Kuo
Treatment of acute submassive pulmonary embolism (PE) with thrombolytic therapy remains an area of controversy. For patients who fail or who have contraindications to systemic thrombolysis, catheter-directed therapy (CDT) may be offered depending on the patient's condition and the available institutional resources to perform CDT. Although various CDT techniques and protocols exist, the most studied method is low-dose catheter-directed thrombolytic infusion without mechanical thrombectomy. This article reviews current protocols and data on the use of CDT for acute submassive pulmonary embolism...
September 2017: Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Alok Bhatt, Ramsey Al-Hakim, James F Benenati
The clinical presentation of a patient with acute pulmonary embolism (PE) can be classified into 3 categories: low-risk, submassive (presence of right heart strain), and massive (hemodynamic compromise). Massive PE is associated with high morbidity or mortality and typically treated with systemic intravenous thrombolysis. Over the last 2 decades, however, catheter-directed techniques have become an increasingly popular treatment modality for patients with a contraindication to systemic thrombolysis or without clinical improvement after systemic thrombolysis...
September 2017: Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Victor F Tapson, Oren Friedman
Anticoagulation has been shown to improve mortality in acute pulmonary embolism (PE). Initiation of anticoagulation should be considered when PE is strongly suspected and the bleeding risk is perceived to be low, even if acute PE has not yet been proven. Low-risk patients with acute PE are simply continued on anticoagulation. Severely ill patients with high-risk (massive) PE require aggressive therapy, and if the bleeding risk is acceptable, systemic thrombolysis should be considered. However, despite clear evidence that parenteral thrombolytic therapy leads to more rapid clot resolution than anticoagulation alone, the risk of major bleeding including intracranial bleeding is significantly higher when systemic thrombolytic therapy is administered...
September 2017: Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Geno J Merli
In the 1970s, both the Urokinase Pulmonary Embolism and Urokinase-Streptokinase Pulmonary Embolism trials began the quest to develop thrombolytic therapy for the treatment of acute massive and submassive pulmonary embolism (PE). The goals of these studies were the immediate reduction in clot burden, restoration of hemodynamic stability, and improved survival. Major bleeding became the major barrier for clinicians to employ these therapies. From 1980s to the present time, a number of studies using recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator for achieving these same above outcomes were completed but major bleeding continued to remain an adoption barrier...
September 2017: Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Kwang How Mok, Shiun Woei Wong, Yee May Wong, David Foo, Timothy James Watson, Hee Hwa Ho
BACKGROUND: The clinical features of acute PE have not been well studied in South-East Asia. We therefore sought to evaluate the clinical characteristics, risk factors and outcomes of patients diagnosed with acute pulmonary embolism (PE) in our region. METHODS: From January 2008 to March 2013, 343 patients were admitted to our tertiary institution with acute PE. Data were collected retrospectively on baseline clinical characteristics, presenting signs and symptoms, results of electrocardiographic and imaging studies, therapeutic modality and hospital course...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
Ramsey Al-Hakim, Alok Bhatt, James F Benenati
The Indigo Mechanical Thrombectomy System (Penumbra, Inc, Alameda, California) was used to treat 6 patients with submassive pulmonary embolism (PE) and a contraindication to thrombolysis. Systolic pulmonary artery pressure (58.2 mm Hg vs 43.0 mm Hg, P < .05), right ventricular/left ventricular ratio (1.7 vs 1.1, P < .05), Miller index (15.0 vs 9.8, P < 0.01), and CT obstructive index (60.4% vs 47.0%, P < .01) were significantly reduced after mechanical thrombectomy. There were no procedural or periprocedural complications...
October 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
Akhilesh K Sista, Oren A Friedman, Eda Dou, Brendan Denvir, Gulce Askin, Jamie Stern, Jaclyn Estes, Arash Salemi, Ronald S Winokur, James M Horowitz
Pulmonary Embolism Response Teams (PERTs) have emerged to provide rapid multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of PE patients. However, descriptive institutional experience and preliminary outcomes data from such teams are sparse. PERT activations were identified through a retrospective review. Only confirmed submassive or massive PEs were included in the data analysis. In addition to baseline variables, the therapeutic intervention, length of stay (LOS), in-hospital mortality, and bleeding rate/severity were recorded...
February 2018: Vascular Medicine
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