Volume 14
Number 5
Dec 2010
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Case Reports
GAM Salet, JL Lammers, MBJM Korst, F Beaumont, FW Rozendaal, CPC de Jager

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a potentially fatal disease. The clinical picture of massive PE is dramatic and requires urgent treatment. The current standard for massive PE is thrombolytic therapy. In the presence of contraindications to this therapy or its fai- lure to be effective, the remaining therapeutic options are few. surgical embolectomy is limited to experienced centres. We describe a 44-year-old female with recurrent massive PE treated with percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy. The procedure and therapeutic implications are discussed here.

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