Pulmonary embolism with bilateral pulmonary infarction after surgical correction of Achilles tendon - a rare complication
Keywords:Calcaneal tendon, Pulmonary Embolism, Computed Tomography Angiography, X-Ray Computed Tomography
Introduction: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a potentially fatal disorder that occurs as a result of a thrombus formed in the deep venous system that detaches and obstructs the pulmonary artery or one of its branches. Herein we report a rare, bilateral PE after surgical correction of the Achilles tendon.
Objectives: To report a bilateral PE after calcaneus tendon repair, and to review the literature on this rare condition.
Materials and Methods: A search of the literature was carried out in electronic databases and a review of medical records.
Conclusion: PTE, although rare, is a serious and potentially fatal complication, requiring adequate and early treatment. Pharmacological prophylaxis in these situations is still controversial in the medical literature; however, there is consensus for the use of intermittent pneumatic compression in the postoperative period.
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