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Med Pregl. 2002 Mar-Apr;55(3-4):149-52.

[Treatment of pulmonary embolism and prevention of recurrence by placement of a vena cava filter in deep venous thrombosis: case report].

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  • 1Institut za plućne bolesti, 21204 Sremska Kamenica, Institutski put bb. trobok@eunet.yu



In patients with pulmonary thromboembolism it is crucial to suspect the disease, establish the diagnosis and initiate anticoagulation treatment as early as possible in order to prevent relapses, which may be fatal. Deep venous thrombosis of lower extremities is the most common site of origin, which initially may remain obscure.


Two weeks prior to admission the patient had right-sided chest pain accompanied with dyspnea, interpreted and treated as pleuropneumonia. Pulmonary thromboembolism was suspected due to clinical symptoms, chest X-ray, elevated enzyme levels findings, blood gas analysis with hypoxemia and ECG with right heart overload. The diagnosis of pulmonary thromboembolism confirmed by lung scintigraphy presented with perfusion defects. After twenty days of heparin therapy, the patient developed left leg edema. Ultrasound screening confirmed bilateral iliacfemoral popliteal vein thrombosis of iliacofemoropopliteal veins bilaterally. Phlebography performed via jugular vein disclosed thrombotic material in the right common iliac vein, as well as in the vena cava inferior. In the course of the procedure vena cava filter has been placed.


Although the patient was receiving anticoagulation heparin therapy, he developed pulmonary thromboembolism relapse and deep venous thrombosis. In our patient, vena cava filter placement was aimed at preventing pulmonary thromboembolism relapse. Since a deficit of S protein was also established, the patient is unfortunately likely to develop thrombosis at other sites as well.


In our patient pulmonary thromboembolism was a consequence of deep venous thrombosis, and the diagnosis was established by ultrasound screening of the lower extremities and confirmed by phlebography. During phlebography vena cava filter was placed in order to prevent pulmonary thromboembolism.

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