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Pulmonary Vascular Disease: Student/Resident Case Report Poster - Pulmonary Vascular Disease I |

A Hole Through the Heart: A Case of Paradoxical Embolism Through a Patent Foramen Ovale

Omar Ahmed, MD; Andrew McCue, MD
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Emory University, Decatur, GA


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(4_S):1214A. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.08.1323
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SESSION TITLE: Student/Resident Case Report Poster - Pulmonary Vascular Disease I

SESSION TYPE: Student/Resident Case Report Poster

PRESENTED ON: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

INTRODUCTION: Patent foramen ovale (PFO) have an incidence of roughly 25% based on autopsy reports. They are increasingly seen as culprits in cryptogenic strokes in that they act as a route for venous thromboembolic events to the arterial circulations. An impending paradoxical embolism (IPDE) is where a clot is caught in transit through a PFO with the potential to embolize into systemic circulation. This is a case of an IPDE treated successfuly through surgical intervention.

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