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Published online: 2014-01-08
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Paradoxical and pulmonary embolism in a patient with superficial venous thrombosis as the first manifestation of patent foramen ovale

Dariusz Mościcki, Marek Drążkiewicz, Bartłomiej Główka, Paweł Loranc, Wacław Byrdy
Chirurgia Polska 2013;15(1):76-81.

open access

Vol 15, No 1 (2013)
Case reports
Published online: 2014-01-08

Abstract

Paradoxical embolism concerns the state when a venous thrombus gets into the arterial system through an intracardiac defect between the left and right part of heart causing stroke, visceral artery occlusion or acute limb ischemia. The purpose of this report is to present the case of paradoxical and pulmonary embolism as the first manifestation of patent foramen ovale in which the source of embolic material originates from the superficial venous system. In all arterial embolism events the possibility of the occurrence of paradoxical embolism should be consi­dered. In searching for the source of a thrombus, diagnostic ultrasonography of the deep and superficial venous system is needed, as well as echocardiography.

Abstract

Paradoxical embolism concerns the state when a venous thrombus gets into the arterial system through an intracardiac defect between the left and right part of heart causing stroke, visceral artery occlusion or acute limb ischemia. The purpose of this report is to present the case of paradoxical and pulmonary embolism as the first manifestation of patent foramen ovale in which the source of embolic material originates from the superficial venous system. In all arterial embolism events the possibility of the occurrence of paradoxical embolism should be consi­dered. In searching for the source of a thrombus, diagnostic ultrasonography of the deep and superficial venous system is needed, as well as echocardiography.

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Keywords

paradoxical embolism, ultrasonography, echocardiography, superficial venous thrombosis

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Title

Paradoxical and pulmonary embolism in a patient with superficial venous thrombosis as the first manifestation of patent foramen ovale

Journal

Chirurgia Polska (Polish Surgery)

Issue

Vol 15, No 1 (2013)

Pages

76-81

Published online

2014-01-08

Bibliographic record

Chirurgia Polska 2013;15(1):76-81.

Keywords

paradoxical embolism
ultrasonography
echocardiography
superficial venous thrombosis

Authors

Dariusz Mościcki
Marek Drążkiewicz
Bartłomiej Główka
Paweł Loranc
Wacław Byrdy

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