Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2009; 57(8): 501-503
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1185392
Case Reports

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Simultaneous Pulmonary Embolectomy and Aortic Root Replacement

B. Wei1 , K. L. Steijlen2 , A. S. Stewart2 , M. D. Bacchetta2
  • 1General Surgery, NY Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia, New York, New York, United States
  • 2Cardiothoracic Surgery, NY Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York, United States
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Publication History

received September 15, 2008

Publication Date:
14 December 2009 (online)


Massive pulmonary embolism (PE) is characterized by hypotension and cardiogenic shock due to right ventricular failure, and is associated with a high mortality rate. In this case study, we report a simultaneous pulmonary embolectomy and aortic root replacement in a 71-year-old woman with a known ascending aortic aneurysm who sustained a massive PE following a VATS left upper lobectomy for non-small cell lung cancer.


Dr. MD Benjamin Wei

NY Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia
General Surgery

177 Ft. Washington Avenue, MHB-7GS Room 313

New York, New York 10025

United States