ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
A large biatrial thrombus entrapped by patent foramen ovale in a case with massive pulmonary embolism
Emir Derviş1, Müjdat Aktaş1, Serdar Bozyel2, Şadan Yavuz3, Tayfun Şahin1
1Department of Cardiology, Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine, Kocaeli, Turkey
2Department of Cardiology, Derince Training and Research Hospital, Kocaeli, Turkey
3Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine, Kocaeli, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2018.15084
Thrombus development in cardiac chambers increases the risk of mortality, compared to pulmonary embolism alone, and can require change in therapy. In the presence of patent foramen ovale, paradoxical systemic embolization can occur associated with a higher incidence of death and embolic complications. Herein, we present a case of pulmonary embolism concomitant a right atrial huge thrombus entrapped in patent foramen ovale and prolapsing into the left heart chambers.
Keywords : Patent foramen ovale; pulmonary embolism; thrombus
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