Emergent Pulmonary Embolectomy: The Treatment for Massive Pulmonary Embolus

Robert J. Robison, John Fehrenbacher, John W. Brown, James A. Madura, Harold King

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Massive pulmonary embolus usually leads to in-hospital mortality if not treated aggressively. Four patients were seen with severe cardiorespiratory compromise resulting from massive pulmonary emboli. Emergent pulmonary embolectomy was followed by marked clinical improvement, and 3 patients were subsequently discharged from the hospital. The clinical courses of these patients are described, and massive pulmonary embolus and its management are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-55
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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