Cranial thromboembolism secondary to patent foramen ovale and deep venous thrombosis after cesarean section

Bodur H., Caliskan E., ANIK Y., Cakiroglu Y., ÇORAKÇI A.

GYNECOLOGIC AND OBSTETRIC INVESTIGATION, vol.65, no.4, pp.258-261, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 65 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000113050
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.258-261
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Paradoxical embolism via a patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a rare event in the puerperium as a cause of stroke. Case: We report a 21-year-old, G4P3A1 woman with the symptoms of convulsion, stroke and unconsciousness 1 week after cesarean delivery. An infarction was detected in both frontal lobes, and echocardiography and MRI confirmed the PFO. Her follow-up course with low-molecular weight heparin and then warfarin for 6 months was uneventful. Conclusion: Patients with an unexplained arterial event should be screened for PFO and possible paradoxical embolism. Copyright (c) 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.