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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 2016, Article ID 2432808, 8 pages
Research Article

Mortality Related Risk Factors in High-Risk Pulmonary Embolism in the ICU

1School of Medicine, Intensive Care Unit, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Turkey
2Dışkapı Yıldırım Beyazıt Education and Research Hospital, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Ankara, Turkey

Received 15 July 2016; Revised 12 October 2016; Accepted 26 October 2016

Academic Editor: Christophe Leroyer

Copyright © 2016 Begüm Ergan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. We sought to identify possible risk factors associated with mortality in patients with high-risk pulmonary embolism (PE) after intensive care unit (ICU) admission. Patients and Methods. PE patients, diagnosed with computer tomography pulmonary angiography, were included from two ICUs and were categorized into groups: group 1 high-risk patients and group 2 intermediate/low-risk patients. Results. Fifty-six patients were included. Of them, 41 (73.2%) were group 1 and 15 (26.7%) were group 2. When compared to group 2, need for vasopressor therapy (0 vs 68.3%; ) and need for invasive mechanical ventilation (6.7 vs 36.6%; ) were more frequent in group 1. The treatment of choice for group 1 was thrombolytic therapy in 29 (70.7%) and anticoagulation in 12 (29.3%) patients. ICU mortality for group 1 was 31.7% (). In multivariate logistic regression analysis, APACHE II score >18 (OR 42.47 95% CI 1.50–1201.1), invasive mechanical ventilation (OR 30.10 95% CI 1.96–463.31), and thrombolytic therapy (OR 0.03 95% CI 0.01–0.98) were found as independent predictors of mortality. Conclusion. In high-risk PE, admission APACHE II score and need for invasive mechanical ventilation may predict death in ICU. Thrombolytic therapy seems to be beneficial in these patients.