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Revista argentina de cardiología

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FERNANDEZ PEREIRA, Carlos et al. Percutaneous Rheolytic Embolectomy for Massive Pulmonary Embolism. Rev. argent. cardiol. [online]. 2010, vol.78, n.5, pp. 443-444. ISSN 1850-3748.

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common cardiovascular disease with an incidence of 1/1000 in the United States and a mortality rate of 15% three months after been diagnosed. Mortality is five times greater in patients with shock. Despite its high incidence, morbidity and mortality, the treatment has not varied in the last years, and in patients with massive PE mortality still remains high even with the current improvements in thrombolytic therapy or surgical endarterectomy. The recent introduction of percutaneous thrombectomy techniques has opened a new therapeutic option that should be considered when available. We describe two case reports of massive pulmonary embolism treated with rheolytic thrombectomy.

Palabras clave : Percutaneous Rheolytic Embolectomy; Massive Pulmonary Embolism.

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