[Pulmonary endarterectomy--the surgical treatment of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension].


BACKGROUND Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) in indicated cases can be successfully treated by the endarterectomy of pulmonary arteries (PEA). Symptomatically not treated CTEPH has highly unfavourable prognosis. Five years survival of patients with mean pulmonary pressure over 50 mmHg is only 10%. PEA was not available in the Czech… (More)