Efficacy of tissue plasminogen activator for right heart thromboembolus in an octogenarian with a recent pulmonary embolism

L. La Vecchia, A. Cera, R. Ometto, F. Bedogni, M. Vincenzi

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Abstract

We describe the echocardiographic detection of a right heart thromboembolus in an 84-year-old patient admitted following syncope and recent pulmonary embolism. Treatment with tissue plasminogen activator was followed by complete resolution of the mass and a favourable clinical outcome. This therapeutic approach is discussed in the light of the therapeutic choices currently offered for this increasingly identified, high-risk condition. Our report confirms the emerging evidence of a favourable risk-to-benefit ratio for thrombolysis in the elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-237
Number of pages3
JournalCardiology in the Elderly
Volume3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Keywords

  • elderly
  • pulmonary embolism
  • right heart thromboembolus
  • tissue plasminogen activator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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