Tue, 11 November 2014
SCVA December 2014 Podcast: Pulmonary Endarterectomy Part I. Pathophysiology, Clinical Manifestations, and Diagnostic Evaluation of Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension & Part II. Operation, Anesthetic Management, and Postoperative Care
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) results from recurrent or incomplete resolution of pulmonary embolism. CTEPH is much more common than generally appreciated. Although pulmonary embolism (PE) affects a large number of Americans, chronic pulmonary thromboembolic hypertension remains underdiagnosed. It is imperative that all patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) be screened for the presence of CTEPH since this form of PH is potentially curable with pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA) surgery. The success of this procedure depends greatly on the collaboration of a multidisciplinary team approach that includes pulmonary medicine, cardiothoracic surgery, and cardiac anesthesiology. This review, based on the experience of more than 3000 pulmonary endarterectomy surgeries, is divided into 2 parts. Part I focuses on the clinical history and pathophysiology, diagnostic workup, and intraoperative echocardiography. Part II focuses on the surgical approach, anesthetic management, postoperative care, and complications.
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Direct download: SCVA_December_2014.mp3
Category:Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia -- posted at: 7:04pm EST