LUNG ALERT: Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: an under-recognised consequence of PE

Barker, H. C.
August 2004
Thorax;Aug2004, Vol. 59 Issue 8, p656
Academic Journal
The risk of developing chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTPH) following pulmonary embolism (PE) has not been clearly defined. In this prospective study 223 patients diagnosed with a first symptomatic PE were followed for a median period of 94.3 months. Patients with conditions predisposing to non-thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension were excluded from the study, as were those with a previous PE or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Patients who developed unexplained breathlessness during follow up were investigated with transthoracic echocardiography.


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