A case of major pulmonary embolism treated with a rheolytic thrombectomy catheter

A case of major pulmonary embolism treated with a rheolytic thrombectomy catheter.

Chiam Paul, V. Kwok, BA Johan, C. Chan.

Singapore Medical Journal 2005; 46: 479-82.

Abstract

The current treatment of massive pulmonary embolism (PE) has been either thrombolysis or surgical embolectomy. Recently, percutaneous rheolytic thrombectomy has emerged as an alternative treatment in patients with contraindications to thrombolysis. We describe a 45-year-old woman who developed major Pulmonary embolism post-operatively, who was treated successfully with the AngioJet system. The principles of percutaneous rheolytic thrombectomy, its effectiveness and potential complications are discussed.