Surgical treatment of chronic unresolved pulmonary embolism

Clin Chest Med. 1984 Sep;5(3):507-36.


This article presents a historical review, as well as a detailed discussion of the incidence, current surgical therapy, and prognosis of chronic unresolved pulmonary embolism. In patients with pulmonary hypertension resulting from this condition, the prognosis is very poor if untreated. In general, medical therapy and anticoagulants and other pharmacologic agents have remained ineffective. In selected patients, surgical embolectomy has improved pulmonary artery pressures, hypoxemia, and functional status as well as overall survival.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Gas Analysis
  • Chronic Disease
  • Endarterectomy
  • Female
  • Hemodynamics
  • History, 16th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / physiopathology
  • Lung / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pulmonary Artery / surgery*
  • Pulmonary Embolism / history
  • Pulmonary Embolism / pathology
  • Pulmonary Embolism / surgery*
  • Recurrence