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Age Ageing. 2015 Sep;44(5):896-8. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afv092. Epub 2015 Jul 28.

Right heart thrombus causing syncope in an elderly patient.

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1
Department of Cardiology, Laiko General Hospital, Athens, Greece.
2
Department of Internal Medicine, Laiko General Hospital, Athens, Greece.

Abstract

Pulmonary embolism and thromboembolic disease carry a high mortality if not recognised and managed appropriately. Herein we illustrate the case of a dehydrated elderly female patient with recurrent syncope who proved to have high risk pulmonary embolism and a free floating right heart thrombus. The echocardiographic findings of right heart thrombus and possible thrombi 'in transit' within a low flow inferior vena cava, guided a life-saving treatment in this frail elderly patient.

KEYWORDS:

older people; pulmonary embolism in elderly; right heart thrombus; syncope; thrombolysis

PMID:
26220987
DOI:
10.1093/ageing/afv092
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