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Pulmonary emboli

Bshara Mansour, Adib Habib, Nazih Asli, Yuval Geffen, Dan Miron, Nael Elias
Infective endocarditis is a rare condition in children with normal hearts. We present here a case of previously healthy eleven-year-old girl with infective endocarditis and pulmonary septic emboli caused by a very rare bacterial etiology (Lactococcus lactis). Identification of this pathogen was only made by polymerase chain reaction.
2016: Case Reports in Pediatrics
Alessia Pedoto, Dawn P Desiderio, David Amar, Robert J Downey
BACKGROUND: Spray cryotherapy (SCT) of airway lesions is used to effectively palliate respiratory symptoms related to airway obstruction, but significant intraoperative hemodynamic complications have been noted. We reviewed the experience at a single institution using SCT for the treatment of obstructive airway tumors. METHODS: A retrospective review of a single institution experience with intraoperative and postoperative hemodynamic complications associated with SCT was performed...
November 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Mitsuhiro Kamiyoshihara, Takashi Ibe, Natsuko Kawatani, Fumi Ohsawa, Ryohei Yoshikawa, Kimihiro Shimizu
BACKGROUND: Computed tomography (CT)-guided lung needle marking is useful to identify pulmonary nodules. However, certain complications sometimes trigger severe after-effects or death. So, we present a convenient and safe method by which small pulmonary nodules can be identified using a particular dye [2% (w/v) gentian violet]. METHODS: A patient is initially placed in the lateral operative position. Under CT guidance, a "magic marker" is used to identify the skin above the pulmonary nodule...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Praveen Hariharan, David M Dudzinski, Rachel Rosovsky, Farris Haddad, Peter MacMahon, Blair Parry, Yuchiao Chang, Christopher Kabrhel
Computed tomography pulmonary angiogram (CTPA) provides a volumetric assessment of clot burden in acute pulmonary embolism (PE). However, it is unclear if clot burden is associated with right-sided heart strain (RHS) or adverse clinical events (ACE). We prospectively enrolled Emergency Department patients with PE (in CTPA) from 2008 to 2011. We assigned 1 to 9 points as clot burden score, based on whether emboli were saddle, central, lobar, segmental, and subsegmental. We evaluated a novel score (the "CT-PASS") based on the sum (in millimeters) of the largest filling defects in the right and left pulmonary vasculature...
August 24, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
I E Chazova, T V Martynyuk
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is precapillary pulmonary hypertension, in which chronic obstruction of large and middle branches of pulmonary arteries (PAs) and secondary changes in the lung microcirculatory bed result in a progressive increase in pulmonary vascular resistance and PA pressure with the development of severe right cardiac dysfunction and heart failure. CTEPH is a unique form of pulmonary hypertension since it is potentially curable by surgical treatment. The diagnostic criteria for CTEPH are a mean PA pressure of ≥25 mm Hg, as evidenced by right heart catheterization; a PA wedge pressure of ≤15 mm Hg; a pulmonary vascular resistance of >2 Wood units; the presence of chronic/organized thrombi/emboli in the elastic PAs (pulmonary trunk, lobular, segmental, subsegmental PAs); effective anticoagulant therapy at therapeutic dosages over at least 3 months...
2016: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
Rpsp Santhakumar, P K Ramalingam, K Gayathri, B V Manjunath, N Karuppusamy, B Vetriveeran, S Selvamani, P Vishnuram, Kumar Natarajan
A 38 years old male patient presented to the emergency department with acute severe retrosternal chest pain and was found to have pulmonary thromboembolism. The patient developed new necrotic lung cavities each day due to the dissemination of emboli from the thrombus. The cause of thrombus was found to be protein C deficiency, which is an inherited thrombophilia. The interesting features in this case are multiple lung cavitations and high grade fever, which was attributed to pulmonary thromboembolism. The patient improved symptomatically with anticoagulants and antiplatelets...
May 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Trishan Patel, Amy Elphick, James E Jackson, Claire L Shovlin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if injection of intravenous particles may provoke migraines in subjects with right-to-left shunts due to pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). BACKGROUND: Migraine headaches commonly affect people with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), especially those with pulmonary AVMs that provide right-to-left shunts. In our clinical practice, patients occasionally reported acute precipitation of migraine headaches following injection of technetium-labeled albumin macroaggregates for nuclear medicine scans...
October 11, 2016: Headache
Eric S Daniel, Anastasia E Dean, Mingjoe Lim, Mobin Master, Peter Gibbs, Ian Faragher
BACKGROUND: Studies have suggested a benefit from extended venous thromboprophylaxis post-operatively in colorectal cancer with an assumed base rate of zero venous thromboembolic events prior to treatment. We aim to establish the incidence of pulmonary embolism in patients with newly diagnosed stage III or IV colorectal cancer prior to any treatment. METHOD: Consecutive patients presenting to a single health service with a new diagnosis of stage III or IV colorectal cancer were identified from a prospective database, for the period between January 2011 and September 2014...
October 9, 2016: ANZ Journal of Surgery
Xijin Mao, Shanshan Wang, Xingyue Jiang, Lin Zhang, Wenjian Xu
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism has become the third most common cardiovascular disease, which can seriously harm human health. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the diagnostic value of dual-source computerized tomography (CT) and perfusion imaging for peripheral pulmonary embolism. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-two patients with suspected pulmonary embolism underwent dual-source CT exams. To compare the ability of pulmonary embolism detection software (PED) with CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in determining the presence, numbers, and locations of pulmonary emboli, the subsequent images were reviewed by two radiologists using both imaging modalities...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
Bhaskar Bhardwaj, Ata Bajwa, Amit Sharma, Arooge Towheed, Bakul V Sanghani, A Iain McGhie
A 71-year-old male presented after sudden onset of confusion and expressive aphasia. MRI head revealed multiple ischemic lesions consistent with cardio-embolic pathophysiology. A computed tomography angiography of lung showed peripheral pulmonary emboli. He underwent a transesophageal echocardiogram as a part of the stroke workup and was found to have vegetations on both aortic and tricuspid valves. The blood cultures did not show any growth, and the patient remained afebrile during the course of hospitalization...
September 30, 2016: Echocardiography
Justin D Arnold, Eleanor P Sarkodie, Megan E Coleman, Deborah A Goldstein
INTRODUCTION: One of the most serious known adverse effects of feminizing cross-sex hormone therapy (CSHT) is venous thromboembolism (VTE); however, no study has assessed the incidence of VTE from the hormone therapies used in the United States because previous publications on this topic have originated in Europe. CSHT in the United States typically includes estradiol with the antiandrogen spironolactone, whereas in Europe estradiol is prescribed with the progestin cyproterone acetate...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Sexual Medicine
Saeed Mirsadraee, John H Reid, Martin Connell, William MacNee, Nikhil Hirani, John T Murchison, Edwin J van Beek
OBJECTIVE: Resolution and long-term functional effects of pulmonary emboli are unpredictable. This study was carried out to assess persisting vascular bed perfusion abnormalities and resolution of arterial thrombus in patients with recent pulmonary embolism (PE). METHODS AND MATERIALS: 26 Patients were prospectively evaluated by dynamic (4D) contrast enhanced CT perfusion dynamic pulmonary CT perfusion. Intermittent volume imaging was performed every 1.5-1.7s during breath-hold and perfusion values were calculated by maximum-slope technique...
October 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Dawn S Hui, Fernando Fleischman, P Michael McFadden
BACKGROUND: Thromboembolism-in-transit straddling a patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a rare condition that requires urgent surgical intervention to prevent arterial emboli. CASE REPORT: We present the case of a 42-year-old female who presented with a symptomatic pulmonary embolism. Echocardiography identified a PFO, with a bridging thrombus-in-transit and evidence of right ventricular strain. Urgent surgery was performed because of the risk of systemic embolism. A large thrombus was identified during biatrial exploration...
2016: Ochsner Journal
Jeffrey Forris Beecham Chick, Shilpa N Reddy, Ruchika D Bhatt, Benjamin J Shin, James N Kirkpatrick, Scott O Trerotola
PURPOSE: To explore significance, management, and outcomes of central venous catheter (CVC) tip-associated thrombi incidentally detected on echocardiography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Echocardiogram data from all patients with CVCs from October 2009 to June 2011 were reviewed (N = 170). Patients with CVC tip-associated thrombi were selected (n = 49). Echocardiograms were reviewed for ejection fraction, presence of patent foramen ovale (PFO), presence of other intracardiac shunts, and mean thrombus size...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
Philip Dueppers, Klaus Grabitz, You Li, Hubert Schelzig, Markus Udo Wagenhäuser, Mansur Duran
BACKGROUND: The risk of deep venous thrombosis is elevated during pregnancy and the puerperium. Therapy is usually limited to conservative measures as invasive thrombus removal is feared because of possible complications. However, leg- or life-threatening situations require fast thrombus removal, and the long-term rate of post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) may be reduced by venous recanalization. Our center's experience may give support to surgical venous thrombectomy (VT). METHODS: Between 1996 and 2016, all women who received VT for pregnancy-related deep venous thrombosis in our department were included...
October 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
Elizabeth Hitchner, Brittanie D Baughman, Salil Soman, Becky Long, Allyson Rosen, Wei Zhou
OBJECTIVE: Carotid interventions are important in helping to reduce the risk of stroke for patients with high-grade carotid artery stenosis; however, subclinical cerebral microemboli can occur during these procedures. Associations have been found between the incidence of microemboli and postoperative decline in memory. We therefore sought to determine whether this decline persisted long-term and to assess changes in other cognitive domains. METHODS: Patients were prospectively recruited under an Institutional Review Board-approved protocol at a single academic center...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Paul R Kunk, Jacqueline Brown, Melissa McShane, Surabhi Palkimas, B Gail Macik
Direct oral anticoagulants have been shown safe and effective in the treatment of pulmonary emboli and deep vein thrombi. Their role in the treatment of patients with hypercoagulability is uncertain. We designed a retrospective exploratory analysis of all patients with definite heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) that were treated with either apixaban or rivaroxaban from September 2011 through November 2015. Patients were reviewed for several clinico-pathologic features, including efficacy and safety...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Mike J Clarke, Cathryn Broderick, Sally Hopewell, Ed Juszczak, Anne Eisinga
BACKGROUND: Air travel might increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It has been suggested that wearing compression stockings might reduce this risk. This is an update of the review first published in 2006. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of wearing compression stockings versus not wearing them for preventing DVT in people travelling on flights lasting at least four hours. SEARCH METHODS: For this update the Cochrane Vascular Information Specialist (CIS) searched the Specialised Register (10 February 2016)...
September 14, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
RoseMarie Kearsley, John Galbraith, David Dalton, Catherine Motherway
Fat embolism syndrome (FES) is a rare and potentially fatal complication occurring most often after long bone or pelvic fractures and orthopaedic procedures. It can consist of pulmonary, central nervous system and cutaneous manifestations. The exact pathophysiology of emboli reaching the arterial circulation is poorly understood.1 It is suggested that this may occur by either 'paradoxical' embolism or microembolism.2 3 Its true incidence is unknown but increases in the presence of multiple closed fractures...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
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
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