Massive Pulmonary Embolism Permitting Paradoxical Systemic Arterial Embolism: Successful Surgical Management

Richard C. Shaw, Philip A. Ludbrook, Alan N. Weiss, Clarence S. Weldon

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Abstract

The case of a young woman, receiving oral contraceptives, who developed massive pulmonary embolism producing circulatory collapse and paradoxical arterial embolism through a patent foramen ovale is documented. Limb viability was threatened. Emergency management included removal of arterial and pulmonary emboli, surgical closure of the patent foramen ovale, inferior caval partitioning, ovarian vein ligation, and short-term anticoagulation. Recovery was rapid and complete.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-295
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976

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