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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 108-112

Floating right heart thrombus and massive pulmonary embolism


Department of Medicine, Cardiac Care Unit, Al-Sabah Hospital, Ministry of Health, Safat, Kuwait

Correspondence Address:
Khalid Y Tohamy
Department of Medicine, Cardiac Care Unit, Al-Sabah Hospital, Ministry of Health, P.O. Box 2866, Safat 13159
Kuwait
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.7123/01.EJIM.0000422607.07704.63

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Right heart thrombi are a severe form of venous thromboembolic disease and justify diagnosis and treatment in emergency. Free-floating right heart thrombi are a rare phenomenon, generally diagnosed when echocardiography is performed in patients with suspected or proven pulmonary embolism, and have a dismal prognosis if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. In our case which presented and treated in December 2010, thrombolytic therapy was the treatment of choice, although other treatment options are available, including anticoagulation and embolectomy.



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