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Dileep Unnikrishnan, Nasreen Shaikh, Ahmad Sharayah, Chandler Patton
A 47-year-old woman with a medical history of Raynaud's phenomenon presented with fever, cough and shortness of breath. She was found to have left lower lobe consolidation and pleural effusion and was treated as a case of pneumonia. During the hospital course, her respiratory status worsened, and she was intubated on the third hospital day. To investigate the high A-a gradient, a Computerized Tomographic Pulmonary Embolism (CTPE) study was done which identified a large left lower pulmonary artery embolism. She was also found to have a new murmur, and an echocardiogram demonstrated a large lesion on tricuspid valve...
March 13, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
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
Shohei Okazaki, Takanori Abe, Natsuko Takayanagi, Masanori Yasuda, Fumikazu Sakai, Kunihiko Kobayashi, Shingo Kato
BACKGROUND/AIM: We report on a case of pulmonary tumor embolism caused by squamous cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A 60-year-old female diagnosed with stage IVB (cT4N1M1) squamous cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix was admitted to our institution with a chief complaint of progressive dyspnea that developed within a few days after admission. RESULTS: A chest CT scan showed dilated pulmonary arteries, right ventricular enlargement and mosaic ground-glass opacities in both lungs...
March 2018: In Vivo
Ankur Sinha, Ravikaran Patti, Paurush Ambesh, Chukwudi Obiagwu, Namrita Malhan, Kabu Chawla
A 29-year-old female with adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) presented with progressive shortness of breath both on rest and on exertion, increased abdominal girth, and swelling in both legs. She was on oral prednisone and was recently started on canakinumab (interleukin-1 antagonist) for joint pain and rash of AOSD. Echocardiogram showed severely dilated right ventricle, dilated pulmonary artery, moderately reduced right ventricular systolic function, but with normal left ventricular systolic function. Computed tomography with contrast ruled out pulmonary embolism...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Prasoon P Mohan, John J Manov, Francisco Contreras, Michael E Langston, Mehul H Doshi, Govindarajan Narayanan
PURPOSE: Catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT) is a relatively new therapy for pulmonary embolism that achieves the superior clot resolution compared to systemic thrombolysis while avoiding the high bleeding risk intrinsically associated with that therapy. In order to examine the efficacy and safety of CDT, we conducted a retrospective cohort study of patients undergoing ultrasound-assisted CDT at our institution. METHODS: The charts of 30 consecutive patients who underwent CDT as a treatment of pulmonary embolism at our institution were reviewed...
January 1, 2018: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Sandra Sousa, Nuno Vasco Costa, Cátia Carmona, Élia Coimbra, Fernando Pita
Introduction: Cryptogenic stroke is present in about 40% of ischemic stroke patients. Extracardiac shunt related to pulmonary arteriovenous fistula (PAVF) could be a rare potential risk factor for embolic stroke. Most PAVFs are multiple, congenital, and associated with hereditary conditions. On the other hand, isolated PAVFs are rare conditions and an uncommon cause of cryptogenic stoke. Case Report: We describe a case of a young woman without history of respiratory diseases or vascular risk factors, who presented with acute onset of transitory aphasia and right hemiplegia...
September 2017: Case Reports in Neurology
Vedran Premuzic, Lea Katalinic, Marijan Pasalic, Hrvoje Jurin
Cardiac tamponade caused by perforation of the cardiac wall is a rare complication related to central venous catheter (CVC) placement. A 71-year-old female with a previous history of moderate aortic stenosis and kidney transplantation was admitted to hospital due to global heart failure and worsening of allograft function. Intensified hemodialysis was commenced through a CVC placed in the right subclavian vein. Chest radiography revealed catheter tip in the right atrium and no signs of pneumothorax. Thorough diagnostics outruled immediate life-threatening conditions, such as myocardial infarction and pulmonary embolism...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
Khalid Najib, Mark Heckle, Sameh Goubran, Rhadika Mehta, Rohan Goswami, Rami N Khouzam
A paradoxical embolism is defined as a systemic arterial embolus due to passage of a venous thrombus through a right to left shunt. We describe a case of acute cerebral vascular accident (CVA), right subclavian arterial embolus, and pulmonary emboli in the setting of a large patent foramen ovale (PFO). A 74-year-old woman with multiple comorbidities presented to the emergency department with acute onset of shortness of breath, weakness, and right arm pain. She was found to have bilateral pulmonary emboli, left CVA, and a right subclavian arterial embolus on computed tomography (CT)...
January 2018: Annals of Translational Medicine
Michał Ciurzyński, Katarzyna Kurnicka, Barbara Lichodziejewska, Marta Kozłowska, Magdalena Pływaczewska, Piotr Sobieraj, Olga Dzikowska-Diduch, Sylwia Goliszek, Piotr Bienias, Maciej Kostrubiec, Piotr Pruszczyk
BACKGROUND: Patients with intermediate-risk acute pulmonary embolism (APE) are a heterogeneous group with an early mortality rate of 2-15%. The tricuspid annulus plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) and tricuspid regurgitation peak gradient (TRPG) can be used for risk stratification, so we analyzed the prognostic value of a new echo parameter (TRPG/TAPSE) for prediction of APE-related 30-day death or need for rescue thrombolysis in initially normotensive APE patients.Methods and Results:The study group consists of 400 non-high-risk APE patients (191 men, age: 63...
January 26, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Takehiro Kitagawa, Junkoh Yamamoto, Makoto Kureshima, Hitoshi Maeda, Shigeru Nishizawa
A 79-year-old man presented with left hemiparesis and disturbance of consciousness. Brain magnetic resonance(MR)imaging revealed an infarction in the right insular cortex. MR angiography showed a defect in the inferior trunk of the right middle cerebral artery. The patient was treated with alteplase about 2.5 h after onset. Immediately after the intravenous alteplase administration, the hemiparesis improved. However, his respiratory condition unexpectedly worsened 10 h after onset. Chest radiography demonstrated an infiltrative shadow in both lung fields...
January 2018: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
Ahmed M Osman, Emad H Abdeldayem
To evaluate the role of CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in the assessment of pulmonary embolism (PE) severity and the related CT cardiac changes, reflecting the clinical status of the patients and predicting the outcome. A prospective study of 184 patients presented with suspicious acute PE. All patients underwent CTPA followed by ECHO. Pulmonary artery obstructive index (PAOI) using Qanadli Score was calculated and cardiac changes recorded. The patients' outcome was followed up for 30 days. Only 150 patients completed the study; 26...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
David M Cohen, Michael Winter, Peter K Lindenauer, Allan J Walkey
RATIONALE: Societal guideline recommendations vary with regard to the role of routine trans-thoracic echocardiography (TTE) to screen for right ventricular strain in patients with hemodynamically-stable, acute pulmonary embolism (PE). OBJECTIVE: To characterize national patterns in use of early TTE for the evaluation of patients with hemodynamically-stable, acute PE, and determine associations between TTE use and patient outcomes. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study using Premier, Inc...
January 3, 2018: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Catarina Queirós, Elsa Francisco, João Almeida
A 65-year-old woman with no significant prior medical history presented, in the postoperative course of a complicated cholecystectomy, several episodes of arterial desaturation. Pulmonary embolism was repeatedly suspected, but there was no evidence of pulmonary thrombus on the chest computed tomography angiographies obtained. As these episodes were mainly induced by postural changes, a platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome was suspected. A transthoracic echocardiogram was performed and revealed a patent foramen ovale...
November 29, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
Gulshan Man Singh Dangol, David A Hoffman
Atrial fibrillation (AF) most frequently occurs as a consequence of multiple etiologies including valvular disease, coronary artery disease, hyperthyroidism, alcohol ingestion, and pulmonary embolism. However, on rare occasion transient AF may be a result of generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS). A 33-year-old-man presented to the emergency department following GTCS in AF with rapid ventricular response. He had no previous documented history. Diagnostic evaluation including electrolytes, thyroid function, cardiac enzymes, serum and urine drug screen, and two-dimensional echocardiogram were unremarkable...
August 2017: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
Zach Rozenbaum, Yoav Granot, Paul Turkeltaub, Dotan Cohen, Tomer Ziv-Baran, Yan Topilsky, Shlomo Berliner, Galit Aviram
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the association between very small left atria (VSLA) on nongated computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) and mortality in patients without pulmonary embolism (PE). METHODS: Patients who underwent nongated CTPA between 2011 and 2015 in order to rule out PE, and had an echocardiogram within 24 h of the CTPA, were retrospectively identified. The left atrial volume of nongated CTPA was calculated using automatic 4-chamber volumetric analysis software...
December 14, 2017: Cardiology
Meng Zhang, Stephanie Tan, Vishal Patel, Benjamin A Zalta, Anna Shmukler, Jeffrey M Levsky, Vineet R Jain, Nada M Shaban, Linda B Haramati
BACKGROUND: Patent foramen ovale (PFO) in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE) represents a risk factor for mortality, but this has not been evaluated for CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA). The purpose of the present study was to assess the relationship between PFO and mortality in patients with acute PE diagnosed on CTPA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study included 268 adults [173 women, mean age 61 (range 22-98) years] diagnosed with acute PE on non-ECG-gated 64-slice CTPA in 2012 at our medical center...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Piyumi Sachindra Alwis Wijewickrama, Rohini Weerakoon
BACKGROUND: Melioidosis is an established endemic infection in Sri Lanka, caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei, a gram negative bacterium distributed in saprophytes in soil and surface water. Main mode of transmission is via percutaneous inoculation. Pneumonia is the most common presentation in acute disease. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a 33 year old previously healthy Sinhalese female with an occupational exposure to surface water in paddy fields, who was on postpartum day 6 following an uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery via an elective caesarian section...
November 29, 2017: BMC Research Notes
Sara Alcántara Carmona, Marina Pérez Redondo, Luis Nombela Franco, Rocío González Costero, Bárbara Balandín Moreno, Miguel Valdivia de la Fuente, Santiago Méndez Alonso, Agustín García Suárez, Ana Royuela
AIMS: To evaluate the effectiveness of local low-dose urokinase thrombolysis (LLDUT) in hemodynamically stable pulmonary embolism with right ventricular dysfunction (RVD). METHODS AND RESULTS: Prospective study. LLDUT with a 200,000 IU bolus followed by a 100,000 IU/h infusion. Treatment duration was determined through radiological control performed 48-72h into treatment. Follow-up echocardiogram was performed within seven days after LLDUT completion. Evolution of thrombus burden, pulmonary artery pressures (PAP) and RVD were studied, and hemorrhagic complications and mortality were recorded...
November 21, 2017: EuroIntervention
Peter Wells, Marc Dubuc, George J Klein, Dan Dan, Jean-Francois Roux, Evan Lockwood, Marcio Sturmer, David Dunbar, Paul Novak, Arun Rao, Brett J Peterson, Fred Kueffer, Kenneth A Ellenbogen
INTRODUCTION: Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is effective for slow pathway ablation, but carries a risk of inadvertent AV block requiring permanent pacing. By comparison, cryoablation with a 4 mm distal electrode catheter has not been reported to cause permanent AV block but has been shown to be less effective than RF ablation. We sought to define the safety and efficacy of a 6 mm distal electrode cryoablation catheter for slow pathway ablation in patients with atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia (AVNRT)...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Jakob Saidman, Hossam Abdou, Sridhar Sampath Kumar
Isolated pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVM) are rare, but can be responsible for paradoxical embolic events. It is important to recognise these situations early and intervene quickly to attain the best outcome. We describe the case of a 45-year-old woman with a long-standing history of migraines with aura who presented to the emergency department with left-sided weakness and slurred speech. Work-up was unclear and she was diagnosed with cryptogenic stroke. Follow-up transoesophageal echocardiogram was suggestive of an atrial septal defect, though no clear defect was evident...
October 10, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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