ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Surgical treatment of massive pulmonary embolism occurring after coronary artery bypass surgery
Ali Rıza Cenal1, Cenk Tataroğlu, Kemal Uzun1, Esat Akıncı1
1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Avrupa Şafak Hospital, İstanbul
2Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Medicine Faculty of Düzce University, Düzce
A 45-year-old woman developed acute massive pulmonary embolism two weeks after coronary artery bypass surgery. After confirmation of pulmonary embolism with echocardiography, the patient underwent pulmonary embolectomy within one hour of admission and a huge amount of clot was extracted via an incision of the pulmonary artery. The source of thrombus could not be determined. The patient was discharged uneventfully. At the three-month follow-up, there were no signs of recurrence and pulmonary hypertension.
Keywords : Coronary artery bypass/complications; echocardiography; embolectomy/methods; postoperative complications; pulmonary embolism/diagnosis/surgery
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