Massive pulmonary embolism: A remarkable case and review of treatment

Joshua M. Cooper, Joshua A. Beckman

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Although the clinical syndrome following pulmonary embolism (PE) may be subtle, in the case of massive PE the severity of the clinical presentation typically makes the picture more obvious. If more than two lobar pulmonary arteries become obstructed, the hemodynamic and respiratory consequence are severe, and may be life threatening. We present an unusual case where a patient experienced transient hemodynamic collapse during valsalva, and a massive saddle pulmonary embolus was discovered incidentally. Current treatment options for massive PE are then discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-185
Number of pages5
JournalVascular Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Thrombectomy/embolectomy
  • Thrombolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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