Pulmonary embolism: A late complication of a correctly positioned occluder device for patent foramen ovale

Carlo Vigna, Gian Luigi Mazzoccoli, Tiberio Santoro, Giuseppe Di Eusanio, Francesco Loperfido

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We describe a patient with pulmonary embolism originating from right atrial thrombosis that developed at least 18 months after patent foramen ovale (PFO) device implantation. On surgical inspection, the PFO device was found to be correctly positioned, stable and well endothelialized. We then hypothesize that current smoker status, double antiplatelet regimen discontinuation and mild hyperhomocysteinaemia may have had a role in determining this severe, unexpected and late complication in this patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1057-1058
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008



  • Cardiac surgery
  • Patent foramen ovale
  • Right atrium thrombus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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