What is pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) surgery?

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

With CTEPH, pressure in the lungs is high and breathing can be difficult. This is because of blot clots that form and scar the walls of the blood vessels. The scarring makes it difficult for oxygenated blood to move around the body. Continued high lung pressure damages both heart and 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. He or she will also assess your breathing and the damage to your heart. The location of the blockages helps predict whether or not the surgery will be successful.

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