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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2001 December;49(6):433-6

language: Italian

Thrombolytic therapy during cardiopulmonary resuscitation for acute massive pulmonary embolism. A case report

Greco F., Misuraca G., Serafini O., Guzzo D., Plastina F.


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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.

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