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Thrombolytic therapy for ischemic stroke secondary to paradoxical embolism in pregnancy: a case report and literature review.
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PMID:  22217616     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
INTRODUCTION: : Thrombolysis for acute ischemic stroke has been rarely administrated during pregnancy. Paradoxical embolism through a patent foramen ovale (PFO) or pulmonary arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is an identified risk factor for ischemic stroke.
CASE REPORT: : We report a 24-year-old woman at 11 weeks gestation who developed a sudden onset of dysarthria, hemiparesis, and hemisensory loss. She was diagnosed as having an ischemic stroke in the left middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory. She was treated with intra-arterial recombinant tissue plasminogen activator with subsequent resolution of her neurological deficits. Further workup revealed the presence of a PFO with a large right-to-left shunt. After being put on antithrombotic therapy, she presented again at 13 gestational weeks with a new ischemic infarction in the vertebrobasilar territory. Her PFO was closed percutaneously under ultrasonic guidance but the right-to-left shunt persisted. After a normal delivery, she was found to have a large pulmonary AVM which was successfully resected without complication.
CONCLUSIONS: : This report describes the successful usage of intra-arterial tissue plasminogen activator for acute ischemic stroke during early pregnancy. In patients with presumed paradoxical embolism, careful attention should be paid to rule out a coexistence of PFO and pulmonary AVM.
Yuebing Li; John Margraf; Bryan Kluck; Donna Jenny; John Castaldo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The neurologist     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1074-7931     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurologist     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9503763     Medline TA:  Neurologist     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  44-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, The Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA.
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