Massive Pulmonary Embolism as a Complication of Coronary Angiography and Its Successful Treatment With Half-Dose Alteplase

Orcun Gurbuz, Hakan Ozkan, Abdulkadir Ercan, Gencehan Kumtepe, Ilker Hasan Karal


A 64-year-old woman was admitted to our emergency room for shortness of breath, chest pain and syncope. Her symptoms started suddenly 2 hours before admission when she was resting at home. She had a history of coronary angiography 2 weeks ago and undergone surgical repair of femoral pseudoaneurysm. She was diagnosed with massive pulmonary embolism and successfully managed with half-dose alteplase and discharged with warfarin treatment 5 days after the admission. This case is presented in order to draw attention to this rare presentation and the use of half-dose systemic thrombolytic in a patient with a history of vascular surgery within 2 weeks.

J Med Cases. 2014;5(10):532-534


Complication of coronary angiography; Pulmonary embolism; Half-dose systemic thrombolytic therapy

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