saddle embolus


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Related to saddle embolus: pulmonary embolism, paradoxical embolism

embolus

 [em´bo-lus] (pl. em´boli) (Gr.)
a clot or other plug, usually part or all of a thrombus, brought by the blood from another vessel and forced into a smaller one, thus obstructing circulation; see also embolism.
Embolus impacted at the site of branching of an artery. From Dorland's, 2000.
saddle embolus one situated at the bifurcation of a large artery, sometimes blocking both branches.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A large thrombus lodged at an arterial bifurcation, where blood flows from a large-bore vessel to a smaller one. The ‘classic’ saddle embolus—which occurs at the bifurcation of the pulmonary arteries in fatal pulmonary embolism secondary to a centrally migrating venous embolus—is distinctly uncommon
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saddle embolus

A large thrombus lodged at an arterial bifurcation, where blood flows from a large-bore vessel to a smaller one; the 'classic' SE, which occurs at the bifurcation of the pulmonary arteries in fatal PTE, 2º to a centrally migrating venous embolus, is uncommon. See Pulmonary embolism.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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