Surgical Treatment for Floating Right Heart Thrombus in High Risk Patients

Ana Redondo Palacios, Javier Miguelena, Miren Martín, Laura Varela, Eduardo Fajardo, José López, Rafael Muñoz, Jorge Rodríguez-Roda


Right heart floating thrombus or “embolus in transit” can be a very dangerous condition, usually associated to pulmonary thromboembolism. Even though many treatment options have been considered, nowadays, the recommended approach remains unclear. Surgical embolectomy has been used as an option, usually less preferred than thrombolysis or percutaneous approach, but it can be a safe and effective procedure in patients with high risk of embolization.


right heart thrombus; surgical embolectomy

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