Post-operative imaging of pulmonary vessels

Carlos S Restrepo, Daniel Vargas, Santiago Martinez-Jimenez, Daniel Ocazionez

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Abstract

Complications following cardiothoracic surgery are responsible for prolonged hospital stay, increase cost in patient care and increased morbidity and mortality. Vascular complications in particular are significant contributors to poor patient outcome due to either hemorrhage or thrombosis and ischemia. Evaluation of vascular complications in the postoperative patient requires a rapid and reliable imaging approach. Vascular complications after cardiothoracic surgery include pulmonary artery thrombosis, pseudoaneurysm, pulmonary vein thrombosis, vascular fistulas, stenosis and infarction. Multidetector CT (MDCT), often the imaging modality of choice, offers a one-stop-shop capability to visualize the entire cardiothoracic vasculature, airways, lung parenchyma, mediastinum and chest wall with excellent temporal and spatial resolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-371
Number of pages10
JournalCardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

Keywords

  • Pulmonary artery
  • Pulmonary circulation
  • Pulmonary veins
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Tomography
  • X-ray computed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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