Surgical embolectomy for paradoxical cerebral embolism with massive pulmonary embolism

Kaoru Hattori, Kazuyuki Daitoku, Satoshi Taniguchi, Ikuo Fukuda*

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The patient was a 68-year-old woman with a history of multiple cerebral emboli. The patient presented with dysarthria, dysphagia, and left facial paralysis. Emergent MRI demonstrated multiple emboli in the brain stem and left occipital lobe. Echocardiography and chest CT demonstrated floating emboli entrapped in the foramen ovale and pulmonary emboli in both main pulmonary arteries. Emergent pulmonary embolectomy and extraction of the emboli on the foramen ovale were successfully performed without neurological exacerbation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-388
Number of pages4
JournalGeneral Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Cerebral embolism
  • Paradoxical embolism
  • Pulmonary embolectomy
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Venous thromboembolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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