The circumstances that favor the development of pulmonary embolic disease are to a large extent known. Still, the condition is often misdiagnosed, because its manifestations are varied and not specific. Especially complicated are situations involving paradoxical embolism, in which simultaneous cardiopulmonary and neurologic disease can occur. Paradoxical embolism was once considered rare and was usually identified at autopsy. The case described here is one of the growing number in which a paradoxical embolus was diagnosed antemortem. The difficulty of this diagnosis is apparent, but so is the potential of transesophageal echocardiography to facilitate it.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Critical Illness|
|State||Published - Jul 27 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine