Massive pulmonary embolism--summary of experiences with 13 patients

R. Ben Abraham*, E. Segal, D. Freimark, E. Goshen, H. Hod, J. Lavee, Z. Ziskind, A. Perel

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Pulmonary embolism is a common event in hospitalized patients. In some cases it presents with hemodynamic collapse, indicating massive obliteration of the pulmonary vasculature and has a very grim prognosis; 2/3 of such patients die within 2 hours of onset of symptoms. We describe our experience in 13 patients with massive pulmonary embolism. An aggressive diagnostic and therapeutic approach, utilizing sophisticated imaging techniques, thrombolytic therapy and surgery, led to the survival of 8 of the patients. Our experience supports an aggressive approach in these seriously ill patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)847-851, 919
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Jun 1998
Externally publishedYes


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