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Intraoperative Thrombolysis for Pulmonary Embolism during Thymoma Resection

Georgios Stefanakis, Vasileia Nyktari, Georgios Papastratigakis, Panagiotis Vardakis, Periklis Vasilos, Emmanouela Koutoulaki
Published: 20 October 2021

Abstract: We report a case of pulmonary embolism during resection of a mediastinal mass requiring intraoperative thrombolysis. The diagnosis, although difficult to establish due to simultaneous bleeding and technical difficulties with transthoracic echocardiography, was based on the patient’s history and clinical evidence of low cardiac output and was confirmed by clinical improvement post thrombolysis. When awakened in the intensive care unit, the patient was found to be blind and also required a tracheostomy. We present this case, as it requires complex clinical reasoning throughout different stages of its management and it demonstrates that, when facing an imminent disaster, a risky decision not necessarily conforming to current practice but based on individualisation of treatment can be life-saving.
Keywords: conforming / treatment / intraoperative thrombolysis / Pulmonary Embolism / Thymoma Resection

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