Treatment of the acute severe pulmonary embolism using endovascular methods
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Submission date: 2018-03-28
Final revision date: 2018-04-12
Acceptance date: 2018-04-16
Publication date: 2018-06-01
Pol J Radiol, 2018; 83: 248-252
To present a single-centre experience with endovascular treatment of patients with severe symptoms secondary to acute pulmonary embolism (PE).

Material and methods:
Twenty-five patients were treated due to contraindications or deficient effects of systemic thrombolytic therapy. The patients were treated with a combination of fragmentation and aspiration, only aspiration, or only fragmentation, and with catheter-directed thrombolytic therapy.

The saturation was improved following treatment in all patients, except in one where the procedure could not be completed. There were no immediate or late procedure-related complications.

Endovascular treatment of severe PE is a safe and efficient option in patients with failing effect or contra­indication to systemic thrombolysis.

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