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Thrombolysis With Resolution of Pulmonary Hypertension in a Heart Transplant Candidate*

Scott Lick, MD, FCCP; Vincent Conti, MD, FCCP
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*From the Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.



Chest. 1999;115(3):896-897. doi:10.1378/chest.115.3.896
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We report a patient with idiopathic cardiomyopathy and high pulmonary resistance due to pulmonary emboli of unknown age. Successful thrombolytic therapy returned his pulmonary resistance to normal, allowing orthotopic cardiac transplantation. This case underscores the need to aggressively diagnose and treat pulmonary emboli in potential transplant candidates.

Abbreviations: PVR = pulmonary vascular resistance

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