Fibrinolysis and thrombectomy for massive pulmonary embolus

Lucas C. Rosiere, Michael A. Gisondi, D. Mark Courtney, Peter S. Pang

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Treatment options for massive and submassive pulmonary embolus may include hemodynamic support, fibrinolysis, anticoagulation, and thrombectomy. Selection of the appropriate therapy requires scrutiny of the patient's hemodynamic status, preexisting conditions, risk of complications, and availability of services at the treatment center. This article illustrates a case of successful fibrinolysis and thrombectomy in a woman with massive pulmonary embolus. A discussion of the indications, benefits, and disadvantages of several pharmacologic, radiologic, and surgical interventions considered in pulmonary embolus will follow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)576-580
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Therapeutics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Anticoagulation
  • Fibrinolysis
  • Pulmonary embolus
  • Thrombolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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