Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy offers a potential cure for patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension that would otherwise suffer the complications of elevated pulmonary artery pressures, including right heart failure and death. In particular, early surgical referral of these patients is warranted when they meet the new ACCP guidelines. This case emphasizes that pulmonary thromboendarterectomy is feasible and has a favorable outcome in patients with APS and SLE.
We thank Drs. Gregory Argyros and William Gilliland for valuable comments on the manuscript.
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