Lodging of an Embolus in a Patent Foramen Ovale
A 77 year old man developed severe chest pain and collapsed seven days after prostatectomy and died three days later. Necropsy revealed thrombosis of right femoral vein, complete embolic obstruction of the primary branches of the pulmonary artery, and an embolus, 10 cm. long and 0.5 cm. in diameter, lodged in the foramen ovale. Although no systemic arterial emboli were found, it can be readily seen how such emboli could have developed.
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