paradoxic embolism

par·a·dox·ic em·bo·lism

(pară-doksik embŏ-lizm)
1. Obstruction of a systemic artery by an embolus originating in the venous system that passes through a septal defect, patent foramen ovale, or other shunt to the arterial system.
2. Obstruction by a minute clot that passes through the pulmonary capillaries from the venous to the arterial system.
Synonym(s): crossed embolism.
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Although Chiari network is often considered clinically insignificant it may be associated with persistence of patent foramen ovale, formation of atrial septal aneurysm, catheter entrapment, paradoxic embolism, infective endocarditis and atrial tachyarrhythmias.
Hausmann D, Mugge A, Daniel WG: Identification of patent foramen ovale permitting paradoxic embolism.