Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH): Diagnosis & Treatment

What is pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) surgery?

This procedure is also called pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA). It is surgery to remove blood clots and scar tissue from the arteries in the lungs. The surgery can potentially cure a condition called chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH).

With CTEPH, blood clots get trapped within the walls of the arteries and develop scar tissue over time. Pressure in the lungs is high and breathing can be difficult. The blockage leads to high pressures in the arteries eventually leading to right heart failure and damage to the lungs.

Who is eligible for pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE)?

If you have CTEPH, your healthcare provider will examine you in order to assess your general level of health. They will also assess your breathing and the damage to your heart. The location of the blockages helps determine whether or not the surgery will be successful.

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