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Heart and Vessels

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 197–200 | Cite as

A case of acute pulmonary embolism and acute myocardial infarction with suspected paradoxical embolism after laparoscopic surgery

  • Shinji Uchida
  • Mika Yamamoto
  • Yoshiko Masaoka
  • Hiroshi Mikouchi
  • Yoshitomo Nishizaki
Case report

Summary

We describe the case of a 59-year-old Japanese man who had an acute pulmonary embolism in addition to acute myocardial infarction after a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The posterior descending coronary artery was totally occluded, and direct percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty was performed. The pulmonary embolism was diagnosed by lung perfusion scanning and was treated with anticoagulant therapy. A patent foramen ovale and right-to-left atrial shunting of blood were detected by contrast transesophageal echocardiography. Paradoxical embolism is a rare complication of pulmonary embolism and may have been responsible for the acute myocardial infarction in our patient.

Key words

Pulmonary embolism Acute myocardial infarction Paradoxical embolism Patent foramen ovale 

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© Springer-Verlag 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shinji Uchida
    • 1
  • Mika Yamamoto
    • 1
  • Yoshiko Masaoka
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Mikouchi
    • 1
  • Yoshitomo Nishizaki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of CardiologyOkayama National HospitalOkayamaJapan

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