Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) has a poor prognosis if left untreated but can be cured by pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA). Massive endobronchial pulmonary hemorrhage is a potentially fatal complication of PEA, occurring in 0.5%of patients. We describe the use of an endobronchial blocker (EBB) as an additional method to successfully treat massive, focal pulmonary hemorrhage during PEA.
Keywords: chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension; endobronchial blocker; pulmonary endarterectomy; pulmonary hemorrhage; veno-arterial (VA)-ECMO.
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