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Cardiovasc Interv Ther. 2014 Jan;29(1):70-5. doi: 10.1007/s12928-013-0194-8. Epub 2013 Jun 29.

Successful percutaneous thrombectomy in an elderly patient with massive pulmonary embolism with cardiogenic shock.

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Department of Cardiology, Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital, 284-1 Yobe-cho, Ashikaga, Tochigi, Japan,


We report on an 80-year-old woman with cardiogenic shock due to massive pulmonary embolism who was successfully treated with percutaneous thrombectomy using a conventional angiographic guide wire and catheters combined with systemic thrombolysis. We successfully treated the patient without a ventilator or extracorporeal life support. We report that percutaneous thrombectomy can provide rapid improvement of hemodynamic instability and can be used as an effective adjuvant therapy for systemic thrombolysis in patients with massive pulmonary embolism. Percutaneous thrombectomy is a less invasive and reasonable alternative to surgical embolectomy for patients with massive pulmonary embolism with cardiogenic shock.

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