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Am J Cardiol. 1997 May 15;79(10):1433-5.

Prevalence and prognostic significance of right-sided cardiac mobile thrombi in acute massive pulmonary embolism.

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Division of Cardiology, San Carlo Hospital, Milan, Italy.


The prevalence of right-sided cardiac mobile thrombi, "in transit" from the systemic venous system, was 18% in a series of 130 patients with massive pulmonary embolism referred to early echocardiography and receiving thrombolytic drugs (56%) or intravenous heparin (40%). The mortality rate was lower than previously reported and seemed to be related more to clinical and hemodynamic impairment than to presence of thromboembolus.

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