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Transthoracic echocardiography during cardiac arrest due to massive pulmonary embolism
  1. P Knowles
  1. Leighton Hospital, Middlewich Road, Crewe CW1 4QJ, UK; drpknowles@aol.com

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    I read with interest the case report by MacCarthy et al1 describing the use of transthoracic echocardiography during cardiac arrest due to massive pulmonary embolism (PE). Such cases raise the question of whether thrombolysis could be used routinely during all non-traumatic cardiac arrests, not just those known to be caused by PE.

    Up to 70% of cardiac arrests have thrombosis …

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