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How is chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) treated?

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The most common way to treat CTEPH is through surgery.

During this surgery, a procedure called a pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE), also called a pulmonary endarterectomy, a surgeon stops your heart, and a heart-lung bypass machine takes over to circulate your blood. The surgeon then removes the clots from your lungs.

If you can’t have this surgery, there are other treatment options. A balloon pulmonary angioplasty is a procedure where doctors inflate a tiny balloon inside your lung arteries. This helps open them wider to lower the pressure. There are also medications your doctor can prescribe to help treat it if you can't have surgery.

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH).”

Cleveland Clinic: "Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH),” “Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy.”

UpToDate: "Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension."

Harvard Health Publishing: “Ventilation-Perfusion Scan or V-Q Scan”

Mayo Clinic: "Pulmonary hypertension."

Pulmonary Hypertension Association: "CTEPH."

European Respiratory Review : “Medical management of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on April 1, 2020

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH).”

Cleveland Clinic: "Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH),” “Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy.”

UpToDate: "Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension."

Harvard Health Publishing: “Ventilation-Perfusion Scan or V-Q Scan”

Mayo Clinic: "Pulmonary hypertension."

Pulmonary Hypertension Association: "CTEPH."

European Respiratory Review : “Medical management of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on April 1, 2020

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