Which conditions are in the differentials for cor pulmonale?

Updated: Dec 15, 2017
  • Author: Derek Leong, MD; Chief Editor: Henry H Ooi, MD, MRCPI  more...
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When diagnosing cor pulmonale, it is important to consider the possibility of thromboembolic disease and primary pulmonary hypertension as possible etiologies. In addition, also assess for the following conditions:

  • Blood disorders that are associated with increased blood viscosity

  • Congestive (biventricular) heart failure

  • High-output heart failure

  • Infiltrative cardiomyopathies

  • Primary pulmonic stenosis

  • Right heart failure due to right ventricular infarction

  • Right heart failure due to congenital heart diseases


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