Massive Pulmonary Embolism Treated with Catheter Therapy and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

  • Nicholas R Teman Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Jianzhou T. Xiao chool of Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Curtis G Tribble Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia


Massive pulmonary embolism (PE) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality.  Treatment for massive PE can include systemic thrombolysis and catheter-directed therapy. We present the case of a patient with massive PE successfully treated with catheter-directed therapy, using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for hemodynamic support, and discuss some of the potential complications associated with this therapy.


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