Tenecteplase to treat pulmonary embolism in the emergency department

Jeffrey A. Kline, Jackeline Hernandez-Nino, Alan E. Jones

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Tenecteplase, a mutant form of alteplase, possesses pharmacological properties that might favor its use for emergent fibrinolysis of acute pulmonary embolism. Contemporaneous search of the World's literature reveals 14 humans with acute pulmonary embolism treated with tenecteplase. Here, we summarize those cases and report the presentation features, dosing details and outcomes of eight additional patients with acute pulmonary embolism treated with tenecteplase in an academic emergency department. None of our eight patients had a significant hemorrhagic event after tenecteplase, and the outcomes of all eight appear to be acceptable. Taken together, we submit that the present case report and prior case reports are sufficient to comprise a phase I study of the safety and efficacy of tenecteplase to treat acute pulmonary embolism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-105
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Fibrinolysis
  • Outcome
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Tenecteplase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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