Pulmonary endarterectomy in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: Short-term functional assessment in a longitudinal study

L. Petrucci, E. Carlisi, S. Ricotti, C. Klersy, A. M. D'Armini, M. Viganò, E. Dalla Toffola

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Aim. Presently, the surgical treatment choice in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) consists in a pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA). The aim of the present study is the functional assessment of patients submitted to PEA both preoperatively and shortly after the intervention. A longitudinal study was developed to study the quality and quantity of functional performance possible in these subjects. Methods. Twenty-two subjects were assessed immediately prior to PEA and 3 months later in order to obtain quantitative measurements of short-term functional recovery. The functional assessment included the 6-min walk test (6mWT), the measurement of the oxygen percent saturation (HbS%O2) and the degree of dyspnea subjectively perceived by each patient Results. Three months after the surgical intervention, there was a definite increase in the number of meters walked during the 6mWT with respect to preintervention; the difference between the distances walked in the 6mWT (6mWD) in the pre and post-PEA was statistically significant (Paired t-test P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-153
Number of pages7
JournalEuropa Medicophysica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007



  • 6 minute walk test
  • Endarterectomy
  • Hypertension, pulmonary
  • Rehabilitation
  • Thromboembolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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