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Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2001 Nov;83(6):427-30.

Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy.

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Transplant Unit, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, UK. Heyman.Luckraz@papworth-tr.anglox.nhs.uk

Abstract

Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) provides a curative alternative to the otherwise fatal condition of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). However, the condition is under-diagnosed due to a lack of awareness. An acceptable operative mortality of around 10% and long-term survival exceeding medical therapy or transplantation makes PTE a favourable choice for the treatment of CTEPH. Outcome is further optimised if the disease is diagnosed early and patients referred to specialised centres. An increase in the number of surgical procedures will also contribute to lower the mortality associated with this condition.

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11777141
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PMC2503682
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