Case 58 -- Pulmonary Hypertension

Contributed by Kevin D. Horn, MD
Published on line in April 1996

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The patient was a 20-year-old man with history of progressive dyspnea, cyanosis, and new onset of frank hemoptysis. The patient's past medical history was notable for a congenital cardiac anomaly, for which he underwent a corrective procedure at age 1. At age 2, he underwent a heart catheterization follow-up which apparently was favorable. He did reasonably well with intermittent dyspnea on exertion which was unexplained until age 10 when repeat heart catheterization revealed pulmonary hypertension. The patient developed severe worsening of his dyspnea shortly before death. He developed hemoptysis and hypotension and ultimately expired due to refractory pulmonary bleeding.





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