Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension: Pearls and Pitfalls of Diagnosis

Humna Abid Memon, C. Huie Lin, Ashrith Guha

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Abstract

Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is characterized by chronic obstruction of major pulmonary arteries by organized thromboembolic material. Untreated CTEPH can result in pulmonary hypertension and eventually right heart failure, yet it is the only form of pulmonary hypertension that is potentially curable with surgical or catheter-based intervention. While early diagnosis is key to increasing the likelihood of successful treatment, CTEPH remains largely underdiagnosed. This article reviews the role of echocardiogram, ventilation/perfusion scan, and other available modalities in the diagnosis of CTEPH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-204
Number of pages6
JournalMethodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • chronic thromboemboli
  • pulmonary angiography
  • pulmonary hypertension
  • ventilation/perfusion scan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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