Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Patients With Pulmonary Embolism Undergoing Thrombolysis

Ann Thorac Surg. 2022 Jul;114(1):e55-e57. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.08.065. Epub 2021 Oct 1.


Patients with massive pulmonary embolism undergoing catheter-directed therapy are at high risk for cardiopulmonary arrest in the periprocedural period due to severe right ventricular dysfunction. We report the outcomes of 3 patients with massive pulmonary embolism treated successfully with catheter-directed thrombolytic therapy and venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

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