Massive PE Thrombolysis

If you talk to people about the topic of thrombolysis in PE they’ll tell you about the controversy of the submassive category, but there’s a universal acceptance that thrombolysing massive PE’s is well evidenced and straight forward.

In this episode we delve back into the literature and not only explore massive PE thrombolysis, but also the gold standard to which it is judged upon, heparin.

Have a listen to the podcast and as always we would love to hear your thoughts.


Simon & Rob

References & Further Reading

Management of Massive and Submassive Pulmonary Embolism, Iliofemoral Deep Vein Thrombosis, and Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension. A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. 2011 of anticoagulants in the treatment of pulmonary embolism: a discussion paper. Paul Egermayer. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 1981.

Anticoagulant drugs in the treatment of pulmonary embolism. A controlled trial. BARRITT DW. Lancet. 1960

Treatment of pulmonary embolism in total hip replacement. Johnson R. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1977

PAIMS 2: alteplase combined with heparin versus heparin in the treatment of acute pulmonary embolism. Plasminogen activator Italian multicenter study 2. Dalla-Volta S. J Am Coll Cardiol. 1992 

Alteplase versus heparin in acute pulmonary embolism: randomised trial assessing right-ventricular function and pulmonary perfusion. Goldhaber SZ. Lancet. 1993


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