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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Rivista di Chirurgia Cardiaca, Vascolare e Toracica
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 1999 February;40(1):135-7
Surgical treatment of massive pulmonary embolism. A case report
Poletti G. A., Actis Dato G. M.
From the 2nd Chair of Cardiac Surgery University of Turin, Turin, Italy
Pulmonary embolism is a serious complication following trauma and bed rest and it represents a challenge in the prompt diagnosis and medical or surgical therapy. We present a surgically treated patient with a massive pulmonary embolism (more than 50% of the vascular pulmonary bed) which occurred after an inferior leg trauma which required a prolonged bed immobilization. We believe surgical intervention is the treatment of choice in patients with massive pulmonary embolism who do not respond to fibrinolytic therapy. Moreover prompt surgical embolectomy is mandatory to have more chances to save the patient’s life.