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.
- Cardiac surgery
- Patent foramen ovale
- Right atrium thrombus
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine