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INOPERABLE AND PERSISTENT/RECURRENT CTEPH

Not everyone is a candidate for pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) surgery. Your doctor may determine that PTE surgery is not right for you:

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The blockages in your pulmonary arteries cannot be reached by the surgeon and are therefore inoperable.

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Your chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) team has decided, based on your overall health or other conditions, that the risk of surgery is too high.

Roughly 40% of patients are not eligible for PTE surgery (inoperable CTEPH), and as many as 51% of patients may still have PH after surgery (persistent/recurrent CTEPH). Your doctor may consider other treatments in these cases, such as:

 

  • Oral drug treatments (ask your doctor for more information)

  • BPA surgery: A surgery that can be used to open obstructed blood vessels. This procedure should only be completed by a trained specialist, whom you should be referred to 

 

 

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