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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
A Journal on Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2001 October;42(5):675-7
Paradoxical embolism. An old but, paradoxically, under-estimated problem
Georgopoulos S. E., Chronopoulos A., Dervisis K. I., Arvanitis D. P.
From the Department of Vascular Surgery, Sismanoglio Hospital, Athens, Greece
The theoretical model of paradoxical embolism requires the presence of four parameters, namely, arterial embolism, venous thrombus, abnormal intracardiac communication and right-to-left shunt. Many aspects, however, of this well known entity are under consideration; diagnosis is often difficult to be established and the long term efficacy of preventive measures is undefined. We comment on a case report of recurrent paradoxical embolism with popliteal vein thrombosis and patent foramen ovale, and we briefly review the literature.