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cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), median sternotomy, pulmonary embolism, pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE), right-sided heart failure, stenosis



  1. Murphy, Nancy PhD, RN, CNE


Abstract: Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy is the preferred treatment option for patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). This complicated surgical intervention offers patients a potential cure, although some patients with CTEPH are considered inoperable. This article reviews clinical manifestations, the procedure, potential complications, and nursing care including patient education.