Definition: 'Paradoxical Embolism'
paradoxical embolismType: Term
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.
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