By Mitchell Onwochei-Ashei, William T. McGeeNeurocritical Care
, April 2019, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 484–486
Paradoxical embolization occurs when an embolus formed in the systemic venous circulation enters the systemic arterial circulation via an intracardiac shunt. The most common intracardiac shunt is a patent foramen ovale (PFO) present in approximately 25% of adults . Other shunts which could allow for paradoxical embolization to occur include atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect or extracardiac communications such as a pulmonary arteriovenous malformation .#ADayintheLifeofaNeurocriticalCareTraineeRead more.