The incidence of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension secondary to acute pulmonary thromboembolism Akut pulmoner tromboemboli sonrası gelişen kronik tromboembolik pulmoner hipertansiyon sıklığı

Kayaalp İ., Varol Y., Çimen P., Demirci Üçsular F., Katgi N., Ünlü M., ...More

Tuberkuloz ve Toraks, vol.62, no.3, pp.199-206, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 62 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.5578/tt.7717
  • Journal Name: Tuberkuloz ve Toraks
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.199-206
  • Keywords: Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, Imaging techniques, Pulmonary embolism
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


© 2014, Ankara University. All rights reserved.Introduction: Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a curable and partially preventable complication, with a substantial incidence, leading to severe morbidity and mortality. The aim of the present study was to find out the incidence of CTEPH secondary to acute pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) using non-invasive procedures such as ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy and pulmonary multidetector CT (MDCT) angiography in determining the diagnosis of CTEPH.Materials and Methods: The study included a total of 99 patients diagnosed with initial PTE between January 2010 and December 2012. The patients who received anticoagulant therapy at least for three months underwent transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) (n= 85). Thirty one patients with a SPAP value > 30 mmHg and/or an evidence of right ventricular dysfunction in TTE underwent MDCT pulmonary angiography and V/Q scintigraphy. The patients with an evidence of residual chronic thromboembolic signs in MDCT pulmonary angiography and/or segmental perfusion defect(s) in V/Q scintigraphy underwent right heart catheterization (RHC) (n= 7). The mean PAP was measured, and a vasoreactivity test was performed. During RHC, a non-contrast medium was delivered to the pulmonary arteries for pulmonary arteriography imaging.Results: Among patients diagnosed with PTE, 44 were male and 55 were female. The mean age was 60 ± 17 years. Of these patients, 63.6% had history of at least one additional disease and at least one risk factor for PTE. During diagnosis, 24 subjects were considered having massive, 61 submassive and 14 non-massive PTE. Nineteen (19.1%) patients received thrombolythic therapy. Other 80 (80.8%) patients received standard anticoagulant therapy with an INR value within the therapeutic range. In 79.8% of patients, thromboembolism was bilateral, and it was unilateral in 21.8%. After a minimum of 1 year, and maximum of 2 years follow up five subjects (5.5%) were diagnosed with CTEPH. The univariate analysis showed no association between the development of CTEPH and factors like; age, etiologic risk factors for PTE, receiving thrombolytic treatment, prevalence and type of PTE.Conclusion: Potentially preventabl complication of pulmonary embolism; CTEPH, had a substantial incidence during follow-up.