Cor pulmonale caused by recurrent pulmonary emboli.


Journal Article

A 53-year-old black man developed femoral thrombophlebitis in 1983 following a Harrington nail implantation in his first lumbar vertebral region. There was evidence of pulmonary embolization at that time and recurrently until he developed ventricular fibrillation and died in 1987. The terminal event followed a hypotensive episode during the course of a right ventricular catheterization. Autopsy confirmed the clinical impression that he had multiple recurrent thromboemboli to his lungs. After several years of embolization, the pulmonary arterial circulation was sufficiently occluded to result in pulmonary hypertension. Cor pulmonale was produced, with congestive heart failure leading to a progressively downhill course in the 4 months before his death.

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Cited Authors

  • Hackel, DB; Peter, RH; Wagner, GS

Published Date

  • November 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 831 - 834

PubMed ID

  • 8269663

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8269663

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1932-8737

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0160-9289

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/clc.4960161115


  • eng