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Revista médica de Chile

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FUENTES LATORRE, Eric  and  VIDAL HAGEMEIJER, Bárbara. Paradoxical embolism due to a persistent patent foramen ovale. Report of one case. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2018, vol.146, n.10, pp.1210-1214. ISSN 0034-9887.

Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) is one of the most frequent congenital defects in adults. Its prevalence in middle-aged adults is close to 25-30% and may cause paradoxical embolic phenomena. We report a 45 years old male admitted for an ischemic stroke with an occlusion of the left terminal internal carotid artery. A thrombectomy was performed. Searching for possible sources of emboli, a patent foramen ovale was detected in an echocardiography, with an hypoechogenic examination image passing through it. Anticoagulant therapy was started and the patient had an uneventful evolution.

Keywords : Echocardiography; Embolism, Paradoxical; Foramen Ovale, Patent; Stroke.

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