How to Define Saddle Pulmonary Embolism?

Q:
How to define saddle pulmonary embolism?

A:
Saddle pulmonary embolism commonly refers to a large pulmonary embolism that appears at the split of the pulmonary artery.

Saddle pulmonary embolism blocks blood flow to the lungs by effectively plugging both branches of the pulmonary artery.

Saddle pulmonary embolism frequently results in significant hemodynamic instability, suggesting the potential for imminent hemodynamic collapse.

The blood clot in the case of saddle pulmonary embolism often causes death before it is even diagnosed.

The current guidelines for treatment of large pulmonary embolism are systemic thrombolysis therapy.

Keywords: saddle embolism; saddle pulmonary embolism

 

 

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