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CASE REPORT
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 58-60

Alteration in pulmonary perfusion due to iatrogenic pulmonary vein stenosis: A mimicker of pulmonary embolism


1 Department of Medicine, Damascus University, Damascus, Syria
2 Department of Radiology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Correspondence Address:
Mohammad Arabi
Department of Radiology, University of Michigan Health System, B1 G505 University Hospital SPC 5028, 1500 E Medical Center Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2231-0770.90918

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Iatrogenic pulmonary vein stenosis (PVS) is a known, yet rare, complication of atrial radiofrequency ablation. Alterations in pulmonary perfusion may mimic massive pulmonary embolism on a ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy. This is particularly important due to the overlap in presenting clinical symptoms. The present case illustrates the functional significance of PVS and the changes in perfusion in response to angioplasty.


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