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Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2006 Fall;18(3):243-9.

Technical advances of pulmonary endarterectomy for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

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Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of California-San Diego, 92103-8892, USA. mmadani@ucsd.edu

Abstract

Pulmonary endarterectomy is the definitive treatment for chronic pulmonary hypertension as the result of thromboembolic disease. Although significant progress has been made over the last decade in recognition, diagnostic modalities, and treatment of this disease, chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) continues to be severely underdiagnosed and as a consequence pulmonary endarterectomy remains an uncommon procedure. Patients with CTEPH may present with a variety of debilitating cardiopulmonary symptoms. However, once diagnosed, there is no curative role for medical management, and surgery remains the only option. Medical management in these patients is only palliative, and surgery by means of transplantation for this type of pulmonary hypertension is an inappropriate use of resources with less than satisfactory results. In this article we describe the technical advances of pulmonary endarterectomy and the current procedure as it is performed at University of California-San Diego Medical Center.

PMID:
17185187
DOI:
10.1053/j.semtcvs.2006.09.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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