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A Journal on Heart and Vascular Diseases
Official Journal of the Italian Society of Angiology and Vascular Pathology
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2001 December;49(6):433-6
Thrombolytic therapy during cardiopulmonary resuscitation for acute massive pulmonary embolism. A case report
Greco F., Misuraca G., Serafini O., Guzzo D., Plastina F.
Massive pulmonary embolism associated with cardiac arrest has an extremely high mortality in spite of cardiopulmonary resuscitation maneuvers. An early diagnosis of pulmonary embolism as cause of cardiac arrest and a rapid specific therapy able to obtain a restoration of pulmonary flow can improve the prognosis. The authors report a case of cardiac arrest for massive pulmonary embolism promptly diagnosed by echocardiography and treated by thrombolytic therapy with an initial favourable outcome.