Acute pulmonary embolectomy three days following a coronary artery bypass graft procedure

Kuklinski, D; Tevaearai, H T; Eckstein, F S; Carrel, T P (2007). Acute pulmonary embolectomy three days following a coronary artery bypass graft procedure. Anaesthesia and intensive care, 35(2), pp. 294-7. Edgecliff: Australian Society of Anaesthetists

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Pulmonary embolism is very rarely reported early after cardiac surgery, most probably due to full heparinisation during cardiopulmonary bypass. We report a 66-year-old man without thromboembolic history who presented three days after a coronary artery bypass grafting procedure with acute dyspnoea and haemodynamic instability. A CT scan confirmed paracentral bilateral pulmonary embolism requiring an urgent and successful embolectomy. Review of the literature confirms that pulmonary embolism may occur in up to 3% of post-cardiopulmonary bypass patients. The possibility of pulmonary embolism must be taken into consideration in post-cardiopulmonary bypass patients with acute onset of chest pain and respiratory insufficiency.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiovascular Surgery

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Kuklinski, Daniela; Tevaearai, Hendrik; Eckstein, Friedrich Stefan and Carrel, Thierry






Australian Society of Anaesthetists




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04 Oct 2013 14:56

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05 Dec 2022 14:17

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