CT angiography of pulmonary embolism: diagnostic criteria and causes of misdiagnosis. artifact may cause pseudo-filling defects and can be caused by: hyperconcentrated contrast in the superior vena cava, medical devices e.g. Imaging of acute pulmonary embolism: an update. 10. 14. 25). (2005) Radiology. 12. We briefly describe here a 66-year-old female with chronic dyspnea, due to recurrent pulmonary embolism and imaging diagnostic … Aghayev A, Furlan A, Patil A et-al. 22. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 ESC guidelines on the diagnosis and management of acute pulmonary embolism. 24. 1993;189 (1): 133-6. 152 (4): A1025. Saunders. (2011) Mediterranean journal of hematology and infectious diseases. Jaff MR, McMurtry S, Archer SL et-al. 15. An abnormal perfusion scan similarly can be observed in conditions such as large-vessel vasculitides, radiation therapy, intravascular tumor, extrinsic vascular compression due to bronchogenic carcinoma, mediastinal adenopathy or fibrosis, or pulmonary veno-occlusive AJR. Companion radiology case quiz: Castañer E, Gallardo X, Ballesteros E et-al. Management of Massive and Submassive Pulmonary Embolism, Iliofemoral Deep Vein Thrombosis, and Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension. (2010) AJR. Cumulative damage from repeated embolic insults is a common cause of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, which demonstrates a variable degree of the aforementioned signs, but with significantly higher right ventricular pressures, right ventricular hypertrophy and diastolic dysfunction, and a higher degree of tricuspid regurgitation. Clinical presentation of patients with PE typically includes dyspnea, chest pain (particularly pleuritic or sometimes dull), or cough; however, clinical presentation can range from being asymptomatic to sudden death, and urgent diagnosis is critical. 99 (6): 817-21. 2011;27 (3): 433-40. View larger version (54K) Muller NL, Silva CIS. Check for errors and try again. 2013;143 (5): 1460-71. Question How common is pulmonary embolism among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who are admitted to the hospital with acutely worsening respiratory symptoms?. The role of a chest radiograph in suspected Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is to exclude other causes that may mimic PE and to guide further investigations. 6. Ann. The radiologic features on CT pulmonary angiography are subtle and can be further compounded by pathologic mimics and unusual findings observed with disease progression. Bibas M, Biava G, Antinori A. HIV-Associated Venous Thromboembolism. Aujesky D, Obrosky DS, Stone RA, et al. In contrast to acute pulmonary embolism, chronic thromboemboli are often complete occlusions or non-occlusive filling defects in the periphery of the affected vessel which form obtuse angles with the vessel wall 9. Diagnostic pathways in acute pulmonary embolism: recommendations of the PIOPED II Investigators. Differently from other causes of pulmonary hypertension, CTEPH is potentially curable with surgery (thromboendarterectomy) or balloon pulmonary angioplasty. CTEPH can be overlooked, as its symptoms are nonspecific and can be mimicked by a wide range of diseases that can cause pulmonary hypertension. It is a rare tumour with poor prognosis, and it should be considered as a possible diagnosis in the absence of thromboembolic risk factors and when there is … Pulmonary Collateral Circulation in Recurrent Pulmonary Thromboembolic Disease. Acute and chronic pulmonary emboli: angiography-CT correlation. Dual-energy CT holds much promise for the diagnosis and prognosis of PE. 42. Raffaele Pesavento, Lucia Filippi, Antonio Palla et-al. on behalf of the American Heart Association Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation, Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease, and Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. Intern. 11. Because the treatment of CTEPH is markedly different from that of other types of pulmonary hypertension, lung ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy is recommended for the workup of patients with unexplained pulmonary hypertension. Abstract. Radioactive seed migration to the lungs after prostate brachytherapy, Bullet emboli trapped in eustachian valve, chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, Magnetic resonance pulmonary angiography (MRPA), pulmonary embolism rule-out criteria (PERC), doi:10.7326/0003-4819-152-7-201004060-00008, the presence or absence of hemodynamic compromise, tenderness to palpation along the deep venous system, sinus tachycardia: the most common abnormality, incomplete or complete right bundle branch block, T-wave inversion in the right precordial leads +/- the inferior leads is seen in up to 34% of patients and is associated with high pulmonary artery pressures, simultaneous T-wave inversion in lead III and V, 2-10 x increased risk, cf. {"url":"/signup-modal-props.json?lang=us\u0026email="}. 5,6 The net effect of the scarring is … CT diagnosis of chronic pulmonary thromboembolism. American journal of roentgenology. It is an often-forgotten diagnosis and can be difficult to detect and easily misdiagnosed. Stein PD, Chenevert TL, Fowler SE et-al. It is used to assess for differential diagnostic possibilities such as pneumonia and pneumothorax rather than for the direct diagnosis of PE. Worsley DF, Alavi A, Aronchick JM et-al. (2017) Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography. 2. Kosuge M, Ebina T, Hibi K et-al. This multi-center retrospective study was performed to investigate if secondary polycythemia is associated with in … 1998;89: 333-42. Providing cardiopulmonary support is the initial treatment. J. Nucl. This is based on the validated 'Wells Criteria'. Pulmonary embolism diagnosis on CT pulmonary angiography is quite straightforward. Chronic Pulmonary embolism and Pulmonary Hypertension. Acute pulmonary embolism Pulmonary embolism. 6. 8 (3): 253-271. 29 (1): 31-50. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a rare disease that can develop in this population and represents … 2004;24 (5): 1219-38. 2014;35 (43): 3033-69, 3069a-3069k. 2013: 236913. Chronic Pulmonary Embolism. Several studies report around 80% emboli resolving at around 30 days 20,21. The most common long-term complication of acute PE is chronic thromboembolic disease, a heterogenous entity which ranges from asymptomatic imaging sequelae to persistent symptoms. (2013) AJR. Nishiyama KH, Saboo SS, Tanabe Y, Jasinowodolinski D, Landay MJ, Kay FU. Stein PD, Yaekoub AY, Matta F et-al. Blood clots in the deep veins of the legs (deep vein thrombosis) could break off and lodge in an artery in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). Key Points. Value Proposition. Typically the embolus makes an acute angle with the vessel, in contrast to chronic emboli. 3 (1): e2011030. The radiologic features on CT pulmonary angiography are subtle and can be further compounded by pathologic mimics and unusual findings observed with disease progression. After the PEITHO trial (Pulmonary Embolism Thrombolysis), 13 updated European Society of Cardiology guidelines delineated an intermediate–high-risk category: normotensive patients with acute PE with both biomarker and imaging evidence of RVS, distinguished from intermediate–low-risk with either the biomarker or imaging element . Pulmonary septic emboli: diagnosis with CT. by J E Kuhlman, , E K Fishman, and , C TeigenRadiology 1990, volume 174, issue 1. 2006;186 (6_supplement_2): S421-9. 16. It can sometimes calcify and present clinically as pulmonary hypertension. Comparison of V/Q SPECT and CT Angiography for the Diagnosis of Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension. 2. Backgrounds: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is frequent in subjects with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and associated with high mortality. Radiographics. Overall, there is a predilection for the lower lobes. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a life-threatening complication of acute pulmonary embolism (PE). A high probability scan is defined as showing two or more unmatched segmental perfusion defects according to the PIOPED criteria. Radiographics. {"url":"/signup-modal-props.json?lang=us\u0026email="}. Gabrielli R, Vitale S, Costanzo A et-al. Radiographics. Pulmonary embolism (PE) refers to embolic occlusion of the pulmonary arterial system. 2010;152 (7): 434-43, W142-3. 2008;191 (4): 1072-6. 47. by Jonathan Dodd et al AJR 2006; 187:623-629. 8. 13. This should be contrasted with acute embolism that acts as a filling defect in the lumen. Less than 1% of patients with PE are asymptomatic, and at least one symptom of American journal of roentgenology. When a pulmonary embolism is identified, it is characterized as acute or chronic. Enlargement of the right descending pulmonary artery in pulmonary embolism. 200 (4): 791-7. AJR Am J Roentgenol. Pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) are known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). 123 (16): 1788. 9. 9. It is essential to be a CLINICAL radiologist ourselves than writing “Clinical correlation is suggested”. (A–C) Computed tomographic angiography of an 81-year-old female with acute pulmonary embolism. It is an often-forgotten diagnosis and can be difficult to detect and easily misdiagnosed. Chronic pulmonary emboli are mainly a consequence of incomplete resolution of pulmonary thromboembolism. Patients are treated with anticoagulants while awaiting the outcome of diagnostic tests 4. 2007;242 (1): 15-21. Kosuge M, Kimura K, Ishikawa T et-al. Check for errors and try again. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. Do emergency physicians use serum D-dimer effectively to determine the need for CT when evaluating patients for pulmonary embolism? Corwin MT, Donohoo JH, Partridge R et-al. Emboli may be occlusive or non-occlusive, the latter is seen with a thin stream of contrast adjacent to the embolus. Radiology 2005; 237:395-400. Med. PMID: 14272525. Review of 5,344 consecutive patients. 7. Radiographics. According to one study, residual pulmonary obstruction at 6 months after the first episode of pulmonary embolism was shown to be an independent predictor of recurrent venous thromboembolism and/or chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension 28. Derivation and validation of a prognostic model for pulmonary embolism. 2004;24 (5): 1219-38. 141 (3): 513-7. Depends to some extent on whether it is acute or chronic. (2011) Circulation. ADVERTISEMENT: Supporters see fewer/no ads, Please Note: You can also scroll through stacks with your mouse wheel or the keyboard arrow keys. Chronic pulmonary emboli and radiologic mimics on CT pulmonary angiography: a diagnostic challenge. Features noted with chronic pulmonary emboli include: Point-of-care ultrasonography is currently not recommended for a haemodynamically stable patient with suspected pulmonary embolism. The affected vessel may also enlarge 9. 3. Chronic pulmonary thromboembolism (CPE) is a challenging diagnosis for clinicians. CT diagnosis of chronic pulmonary thromboembolism. Chang CH, Clayton D (1965) A Roentgen sign of Pulmonary Infarction. Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a leading cause of cardiovascular morbidity. Chronic pulmonary hypertension is considered a relatively rare complication of pulmonary embolism but is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. 4. 43. When the artery is viewed in its axial plane the central filling defect from the thrombus is surrounded by a thin rim of contrast, which has been called the Polo Mint sign. The rate of resolution of clot burden measured by pulmonary CT angiography in patients with acute pulmonary embolism. Chronic pulmonaryembolism in a 62-year-old man with dyspnea.CT scan shows pulmonary arterialwallcalcificatio (arrows),a secondary sign of chronic pulmonary embolism. Again not recommended as part of first-line work up. 10. The physical exam may reveal suggestive features such as: Clinical decision rules, in conjunction with physician gestalt and estimated pretest probability of disease, may serve as a supplement in risk stratification: D-dimer (ELISA) is commonly used as a screening test in patients with a low and moderate probability clinical assessment, on these patients: In patients with a high probability clinical assessment, a D-dimer test is not helpful because a negative D-dimer result does not exclude pulmonary embolism in more than 15%. Keywords: chest, CT arteriography, CT technique, embolism Address correspondence to C. Wittram. Clinical Radiology 16:141-147. 194 (5): 1263-8. Chest. 26. 27. Simplification of the pulmonary embolism severity index for prognostication in patients with acute symptomatic pulmonary embolism. 2007;48 (5): 680-4. (2020) Radiology. 18. 2000;174 (6): 1499-508. Fields JM, Davis J, Girson L et-al. Med. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 30 (7): 714-723.e4. the peripheral pulmonary arteries in affected segments may be narrowed, enlargement of bronchial and non-bronchial systemic arteries. Stein PD, Woodard PK, Weg JG et-al. Prior to imaging, one must clinically calculate the probability of PE. Unable to process the form. Jiménez D, Aujesky D, Moores L, et al. Pulmonary embolism (PE) is the third most common acute cardiovascular disease after myocardial infarction and stroke. 2009;29 (1): 31-50. CT angiography of pulmonary embolism: diagnostic criteria and causes of misdiagnosis. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is one of the potentially curable causes of pulmonary hypertension and is definitively treated with pulmonary thromboendartectomy. (2007) The American journal of cardiology. Pulmonary embolism as the first manifestation of multiple myeloma. Wittram C, Maher MM, Yoo AJ et-al. Anticoagulation is provided in patients without risk of active bleeding. 2011;4 (8): 841-9. Chronic Pulmonary Embolism. Acute pulmonary embolism and COVID-19 pneumonia: a random association?. Martine Remy-Jardin, Alain Duhamel, Valérie Deken, Nébil Bouaziz, Philippe Dumont, Jacques Remy. Classification of a pulmonary embolism may be based upon: 1. the presence or absence of hemodynamic compromise 2. temporal pattern of occurrence 3. the presence or absence of symptoms 4. the vessel which is occluded (2013) Case reports in medicine. Radiology. It has been described in a paper published in 2004 by Wittram et al., who described imaging findings of acute pulmonary embolism . Transthoracic Echocardiography for Diagnosing Pulmonary Embolism: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. 7. Konstantinides SV, Torbicki A, Agnelli G et-al. Chest radiography is neither sensitive nor specific for a pulmonary embolism. Ghaye B, Ghuysen A, Bruyere PJ et-al. Imaging of the Chest, 2-Volume Set. The most common long-term complication of acute PE is chronic thromboembolic disease, a heterogenous entity which ranges from asymptomatic imaging sequelae to persistent symptoms. A ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scan will show ventilation-perfusion mismatches. Chronic Pulmonary Embolism. Chest radiographic findings in patients with acute pulmonary embolism: observations from the PIOPED Study. 44. The majority of cases result from thrombotic occlusion, and therefore the condition is frequently termed pulmonary thromboembolism which is what this article mainly covers. Kang DK, Thilo C, Schoepf UJ et-al. Increased vascular resistance due to obstruction of the vascular bed leads to pulmonary hypertension. Chronic Pulmonary Embolism. Systemic Collateral Supply in Patients with Chronic Thromboembolic and Primary Pulmonary Hypertension: Assessment with Multi–Detector Row Helical CT Angiography1. Acute pulmonary thromboemboli can rarely be detected on non-contrast chest CT as intraluminal hyperdensities 12. 235 (1): 274-81. 19. (2018) Cardiovascular diagnosis and therapy. 17. (2012) European heart journal. catheters, orthopedic prostheses, chronic emboli may be mistaken for acute emboli, thromboembolic emboli may be mistaken for other embolized material. Chronic pulmonary emboli are mainly a consequence of incomplete resolution of pulmonary thromboembolism. 3. The availability, and careful review with an experienced radiologist, of previous imaging and ideally baseline imaging performed six to 12 months after an acute pulmonary embolism is advised when evaluating a patient for recurrent pulmonary embolism and has been shown to be a safe and accurate approach.84 We routinely do a baseline ventilation-perfusion lung scan six to 12 months after … Ocak I, Fuhrman C. CT angiography findings of the left atrium and right ventricle in patients with massive pulmonary embolism. 5. Wittram C, Maher MM, Yoo AJ et-al. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a complication of venous thromboembolic disease. 28. Williams JR, Wilcox WC. Chronic pulmonary embolism. Chronic pulmonary embolism in the appropriate clinical setting should be differentiated from pulmonary artery sarcoma (PAS). Described chest radiographic signs include: Sensitivity and specificity of chest x-ray signs 1: CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) will show filling defects within the pulmonary vasculature with acute pulmonary emboli. non-HIV matched controls, normal D-dimer has almost 100% negative predictive value (virtually excludes PE): no further testing is required, raised D-dimer is seen with PE but has many other causes and is, therefore, non-specific: it indicates the need for further testing if pulmonary embolism is suspected, abrupt narrowing or complete obstruction of the pulmonary arteries, if absent, another cardiopulmonary derangement is likely responsible, if unequivocally present, it can establish the need for emergent treatment, flattening or dyskinesis of the interventricular septum, CT features suggestive of right ventricular dysfunction include, abnormal position of the interventricular septum, RVD (right ventricular diameter): LVD (left ventricular diameter) ratio >1 on reconstructed four-chamber views, RVD:LVD ratio >1 on standard axial views is not considered to be a good predictor of right ventricular dysfunction, termed submassive PE when right ventricular dysfunction demonstrated on imaging (CT or echo) but without clinical hemodynamic compromise, misidentification of pulmonary veins for arteries, arterial bifurcations (or branch points) can mimic PE but usually easily distinguished on multiplanar assessment. Meng Wang, Dayong Wu, Rongzheng Ma, Zongyao Zhang, Hailong Zhang, Kai Han, Changming Xiong, Lei Wang, Wei Fang. American journal of roentgenology. Radiologists should also report additional findings that help prognosis, including the presence of right heart strain. This should be contrasted with acute embolism that acts as a filling defect in the lumen. Chronic Pulmonary Embolism. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is defined as a mean PA pressure >25 mm Hg that persists 6 months after acute PE diagnosis. 5. It is difficult to obtain technically adequate images for pulmonary embolism patients using MRI. Am J Roentgenol Radium Ther Nucl Med. Palla A, Donnamaria V, Petruzzelli S et-al. ADVERTISEMENT: Radiopaedia is free thanks to our supporters and advertisers. 29. For the more than 25 years that the direct signs of pulmonary embolism have been available to the radiologist on CT, this noninvasive technique has produced a paradigm shift that has raised the standard of care for patients with this disease. Pearls and Pitfalls in Emergency Radiology. Electrocardiographic differentiation between acute pulmonary embolism and acute coronary syndromes on the basis of negative T waves. Moore AJE, Wachsmann J, Chamarthy MR et-al. What the radiologist needs to know. Rossi SE, Goodman PC, Franquet T. Nonthrombotic pulmonary emboli. In some cases, embolectomy or placement of vena cava filters is required. The thrombus may be calcified. (2020) European heart journal. Technically-adequate magnetic resonance angiography has a sensitivity of 78% and a specificity of 99% 13. Chronic pulmonary embolism is more accurately referred to as chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTPH) to distinguish it from chronic emboli from foreign materials, such as talc, or parasitic ova, such as schistosomiasis. Radiographics. In the presence of hemodynamic compromise, echocardiography may be of value to assess for the presence of severe right ventricular dysfunction; Echocardiographic features which may be suggestive include: Of note, transesophageal echocardiography has a reported sensitivity of 80.5% and a specificity of 97.2% for ruling in acute pulmonary embolism after the detection of right ventricular overload on transthoracic echocardiography 24. (2017) European Respiratory Journal. Magnetic resonance pulmonary angiography (MRPA) should be considered only at centers that routinely perform it well and only for patients for whom standard tests are contraindicated. Age and coexistent pulmonary disease influence the presence of residual pulmonary embolism detected by lung perfusion scanning, but not by CT angiography . 2009;192 (5): 1319-23. 3 CTPH represents cytokine-mediated scarring of the pulmonary circulation from even one episode of acute pulmonary embolism. Eur. Chronic Pulmonary Embolism. (A) Nonobstructive eccentric filling defect (arrow) in the left main pulmonary artery, extending to the left upper lobe artery, forming acute angles with the vessel wall typical of acute embolism. Shyamal Madhavani, Edison Gavilanes, Helaine Larsen, Brian Webber. Roentgenographic and angiographic considerations. Classification of a pulmonary embolism may be based upon: The patient may report a history of recent immobilization or surgery, active malignancy, hormone usage, or a previous episode of thromboembolism. Gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography for pulmonary embolism: a multicenter prospective study (PIOPED III). 45. Han D, Lee KS, Franquet T et-al. Can CT pulmonary angiography allow assessment of severity and prognosis in patients presenting with pulmonary embolism? Improving Outcomes for Patients with Pulmonary Embolism and Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension. 46. 1 (4): 349-57. Findings In this cross-sectional study with prospective follow-up that used a predefined pulmonary embolism diagnostic algorithm and included 740 consecutive patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary … Ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy is more sensitive than multidetector CTPA in detecting chronic thromboembolic pulmonary disease as a treatable cause of pulmonary hypertension. Resolution of pulmonary embolism on CT pulmonary angiography. 8 (3): 225-243. A more recent study, however, suggested that normalization is more often observed by CT scanning than by lung perfusion scanning (44 vs. 31%, respectively; P = 0.04) after 3 weeks of anticoagulant treatment ( 20 ). Thrombotic and nonthrombotic pulmonary arterial embolism: spectrum of imaging findings. Radiographics. High-Resolution MDCT of Pulmonary Septic Embolism: Evaluation of the Feeding Vessel Sign. If the emboli are large or there is a large clot burden, thrombolysis is an option. Differential considerations on a CTPA include 5: ADVERTISEMENT: Supporters see fewer/no ads, Please Note: You can also scroll through stacks with your mouse wheel or the keyboard arrow keys. Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a leading cause of cardiovascular morbidity. AJR Am J Roentgenol. Differential diagnosis of chronic pulmonary embolism. Unable to process the form. Vallianou N, Lazarou V, Tzangarakis J et-al. Imaging plays a central role in CTEPH diagnosis. CT signs of right ventricular dysfunction: prognostic role in acute pulmonary embolism. The validity of hyperdense lumen sign in non-contrast chest CT scans in the detection of pulmonary thromboembolism. AJR Am J Roentgenol. Impact of residual pulmonary obstruction on the long-term outcome of patients with pulmonary embolism. 20. Some disorders involving the pulmonary artery tree can radiologically mimic chronic PE including congenital interruption, vasculitides, primary sarcoma, idiopathic pulmonary hypertension, acute thromboembolism, tumor thrombus/emboli and in situ thrombosis. 2010;11 (6): 835-7. Wittram C, Kalra MK, Maher MM et-al. The differential diagnosis of the indirect radiologic sign of nonuniform pulmonary arterial perfusion consists of congenital or acquired causes including chronic PE, emphysema, infection, compression or invasion of a pulmonary artery, atelectasis, pleuritis, and pulmonary venous hypertension [ 2 ]. Some publications suggest that V/Q scanning may be more sensitive 6,9 but less specific 9 than CTPA in detecting chronic pulmonary embolic burden. Tunariu N, Gibbs SJ, Win Z et-al. Martin L. Gunn. Chronic Pulmonary Embolism. parenchymal signs (often non-specific on their own): 1. Castañer E, Gallardo X, Ballesteros E et-al. 23 (6): 1521-39. which pulmonary embolism (acute or chronic) is diagnosed, using scintigraphy (Figure 2A). 29. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2005;172:1041-6. Tatco VR, Piedad HH. Wijesuriya S, Chandratreya L, Medford AR. The right ventricular failure due to pressure overload is considered the primary cause of death in severe PE 14. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 8. Our experience of popliteal vein aneurysm. Chronic pulmonary thromboembolism (CPE) is a challenging diagnosis for clinicians. 25. In the thoracic area, the “polo mint sign” refers to the typical aspect of acute pulmonary embolism, when the thrombosed vessel is seen on axial planes (Fig. Radiology. ISBN:141604048X. 21. Differences in negative T waves among acute coronary syndrome, acute pulmonary embolism, and Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. 4. It has been reported that the majority of patients (84.1%) have complete clots resolution after 6 months of adequate anticoagulant therapy. ADVERTISEMENT: Radiopaedia is free thanks to our supporters and advertisers. Figure 24.2. 1. Chronic pulmonary embolism: diagnosis. Pulmonary Tuberculosis: Up-to- Date Imaging and Management Diagnostic Criteria for chronic PE PA diameter > 30 mm, pericardial fluid Heart J. Danzi GB, Loffi M, Galeazzi G et-al. 26 (1): 23-39. (2018) Cardiovascular diagnosis and therapy. Acute cardiovascular care. 23. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension often is identified during the diagnostic work-up in patients with unexplained pulmonary hypertension, and radiologists must be aware of its radiologic manifestations because it is a treatable cause of pulmonary hypertension in some patients. (2017) CHEST. 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