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Patients with Inoperable CTEPH

In a 2011 registry of 679 CTEPH patients, 247, or 37%, were deemed inoperable (see table).8

According to the Fifth World Symposium on Pulmonary Hypertension convened in 2013:

  • All patients diagnosed with CTEPH should receive lifelong anticoagulation.3
  • Comparing radiographic burden of disease with hemodynamics is critical to determining operability and risk from surgery before performing PTE.*3
  • Overall operability assessment must consider patient factors, including comorbidities.3

Operability assessment remains a subjective process, so re-evaluation of operability by a second experienced CTEPH center in cases initially deemed inoperable is recommended.3

Learn more about patients with inoperable CTEPH.

*Also called pulmonary endarterectomy or PEA.

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Re-evaluation of operability by a second experienced CTEPH center in cases initially deemed inoperable is recommended.