A seven-year single-center experience on AngioJet rheolytic thrombectomy in patients with pulmonary embolism at high risk and intermediate-high risk

Anatol J Cardiol. 2021 Dec;25(12):902-911. doi: 10.5152/AnatolJCardiol.2021.28303.


Background and aim: Angiojet Rheolytic thrombectomy (ART) has been utilized as a catheter-based treatment in acute pulmonary embolism (PE). In this study based on our seven-year experience on ART in patients with PE, we evaluated efficacy and safety outcomes of ART.

Methods: Our study is based on retrospective evaluation of 56 patients with high- and intermediate-high-risk PE, age (62 years; interquartile-range (IQR): 50-73) who underwent ART.

Results: High- and intermediate-high-risk were noted in 21.4 % and in 78.6 % of patients, respectively. ART duration was 304(IQR: 246-468) seconds. Measures of obstruction, right to left ventricle diameter ratio (RV/LV ratio), right to left atrial diameter ratio and pulmonary arterial pressures were improved (p<0.001 for all). During hospital stay, acute renal failure, major and minor bleeding, and mortality rates were 37.5%, 7.1%, 12.5%, and 8.9%, respectively. Aging related to post-procedural nephropathy while high-risk status was associated with in-hospital mortality (p=0.006) and long-term mortality.

Conclusions: The ART resulted in significant and clinically relevant improvements in the pulmonary arterial thrombotic burden, RV strain and hemodynamics in patients with PE at high- and intermediate-high-risk. Aging increased the risk of post-procedural nephropathy whereas baseline high-risk status predicted in-hospital and long-term mortality.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pulmonary Embolism*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Thrombectomy*
  • Thrombolytic Therapy
  • Treatment Outcome