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Peripheral Arterial Embolism Due to a Left Ventricular Diverticulum in a Young Adult*

Fragiskos I. Parthenakis, MD; George E. Kochiadakis, MD; Alexandros P. Patrianakos, MD; Mihalis I. Hamilos, MD; Ioanna Mitrouska, MD; Asterios N. Katsamouris, MD; Panos E. Vardas, MD, PhD
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*From the Cardiology Department (Drs. Parthenakis, Kochiadakis, Patrianakos, Hamilos, and Vardas), the Pneumonology Department (Dr. Mitrouska), and the Division of Vascular Surgery (Dr. Katsamouris), University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

Correspondence to: Panos E. Vardas, MD, PhD, Cardiology Department, Heraklion University Hospital, PO Box 1352 Stavrakia, GR 711 00 Heraklion, Crete, Greece; e-mail: cardio@med.uoc.gr



Chest. 2005;127(4):1452-1454. doi:10.1378/chest.127.4.1452
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A 32-year-old man was admitted to the emergency department of our hospital after experiencing a peripheral arterial embolism. Investigation of the possible embolic sources in an otherwise asymptomatic patient revealed the existence of a left ventricular diverticulum. The left ventricular diverticulum is a rare congenital anomaly, either isolated or as a part of a syndrome including other congenital malformations. The treatment of choice, especially in symptomatic patients, is surgical resection, while in asymptomatic patients anticoagulation therapy is indicated.

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