• Balloon pulmonary angioplasty in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: experience of four years in a single centre
  • Gotti, Enrico <1985>


  • MED/11 Malattie dell'apparato cardiovascolare


  • Background: Balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA) has recently been developed as an alternative and less- invasive treatment strategy for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), but therapeutic efficacy and technical safety of the technique have to be established. Aim: effects of BPA on patients with inoperable disease or residual pulmonary hypertension (PH) after pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA). Methods: From June 2015 to September 2019 we enrolled symptomatic (NYHA ≥ II) inoperable CTEPH patients and patients with residual PH after PEA. At baseline, immediately before the first BPA session and 3-6 months after last BPA session all patients underwent clinical evaluation, six-minute walking distance and right heart catheterization. For comparisons Friedman test (with Bonferroni post-hoc pairwise analysis) was used. Survival curves were done with Kaplan Meier method. Results: Forty-seven patients [male 45%, median age 68 (51-74) years, 40 inoperable and 7 with residual PH after PEA] were treated for a total of 136 sessions (median number of sessions for each patient: 2); during each session we treated 2 (2-3) vessels; BPA significantly improved symptoms (NYHA III-IV from 85 to 42%), exercise capacity (from 425 to 446 m) and hemodynamic profile (reduction of mean pulmonary arterial pressure from 41 to 35 mmHg and of pulmonary vascular resistance from 7.1 to 4.7 WU). Five pulmonary artery dissection and 2 hemoptysis with clinical impairment were documented; 33 patients had lung injury (radiographic opacity with/without hemoptysis and/or hypoxemia), 7 patients had access site complications. Five patients died during follow-up (none within 30 days from the procedure) because of sepsis (1), heart failure (1), cancer (1), arrhythmic storm (1) and sudden death in a patient with severe coronary atherosclerosis (1). Conclusions: BPA is a safe and effective treatment able to improve symptoms and hemodynamic profile in inoperable CTEPH patients and in patients with residual PH after PEA.


  • 2020-03-20


  • Doctoral Thesis
  • PeerReviewed


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Gotti, Enrico (2020) Balloon pulmonary angioplasty in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: experience of four years in a single centre, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Scienze cardio nefro toraciche , 32 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/9135.