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Medical Term:

paradoxical embolism



  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 embolism that passes through the pulmonary capillaries from the venous to the arterial system.

Synonym(s): crossed embolism

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