paradoxical embolism


The obstruction of a systemic artery by an embolus that originates in the venous system and reaches the arterial system through a septal defect or an open oval foramen of the heart.

Nearby words

  1. pinko,
  2. pinkroot,
  3. pinkster,
  4. pinky,
  5. pinky bar,
  6. pinnace,
  7. pinnacle,
  8. pinnae,
  9. pinnate,
  10. pinnately

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