[Pulmonary thrombendarteriectomy]

Med Klin (Munich). 1997 Dec:92 Suppl 5:23-6. doi: 10.1007/BF03041975.
[Article in German]


Background: Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension is a late sequela following acute pulmonary embolism. Incomplete resolution of thrombotic material results in persistent obstruction of the pulmonary arterial bed, which can be treated by pulmonary thrombendarterectomy.

Method and results: This desobliteration of the pulmonary arteries is performed under conditions of deep hypothermia and circulatory arrest. Currently, perioperative mortality ranges between 10 and 15% and is mainly limited by persistent diffuse pulmonary artery disease independent of central obstruction. Postoperatively, pulmonary vascular resistance is normalized. Exercise tolerance of the patients is likewise improved.

Conclusion: Thus, pulmonary thrombendarterectomy is an effective treatment for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension with results superior to those of lung transplantation.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Angiography
  • Chronic Disease
  • Embolectomy / methods*
  • Endarterectomy / methods*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Heart Arrest, Induced
  • Humans
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / diagnosis
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / etiology
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / mortality
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pulmonary Embolism / diagnosis
  • Pulmonary Embolism / mortality
  • Pulmonary Embolism / surgery*
  • Survival Rate
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult