Semin intervent Radiol 2018; 35(02): 136-142
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1651481
Review Article
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Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension

Stuart Jamieson
Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University of California, San Diego, California
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G. Victor Pretorius
Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University of California, San Diego, California
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Publication History

Publication Date:
04 June 2018 (online)

Abstract

Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension occurs when acute thromboemboli fail to dissolve completely. The resulting fibrotic scar tissue within the pulmonary arteries is obstructive and eventually leads to right heart failure. Medical therapy for this condition is supportive, but surgery with pulmonary artery endarterectomy is curative, and carries a low mortality at experienced centers.