Catheter-directed thrombolysis to treat acute pulmonary thrombosis in a patient with COVID-19 pneumonia

Laura Pendower, Giulia Benedetti, Karen Breen, Narayan Karunanithy*

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Abstract

We describe a case of a patient who presented to the emergency department with severe shortness of breath and was diagnosed with mild COVID-19 pneumonia and concomitant intermediate-high risk saddle pulmonary thromboembolism. Additionally, the patient had sustained a significant head injury 2 days prior due to a syncopal episode. The patient was treated successfully with catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT). The case highlights the importance of considering thromboembolic complications in COVID-19 infection, independent of the severity of the associated pneumonia. The case also demonstrates the potential benefit of CDT in treating COVID-19-related thromboembolism.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere237046
JournalBMJ case reports
Volume13
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • haematology (incl blood transfusion)
  • interventional radiology
  • pneumonia (infectious disease)
  • pulmonary embolism
  • radiology

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