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Stroke Thrombectomy and Right Atrial Clot Aspiration in 29 Year Old Woman.

Neurohospitalist 2024 January
We present a case report of a previously healthy 29 year old woman who developed thromboembolic events in rapid fashion after a recent orthopedic surgery. This case highlights the importance of understanding risk factors for clot formation even in those who had no prior events, the efficacy of novel aspiration techniques to remove emboli, and how rapid triaging of acute symptoms can lead to the best outcomes. She presented to the emergency department with shortness of breath and was found to have a large bilateral pulmonary embolus. She was given intravenous thrombolysis. Shortly after, she developed aphasia and right-sided weakness and was taken emergently for mechanical thrombectomy of a left middle cerebral artery occlusion. She was later found to have a patent foramen ovale and a highly mobile right atrial thrombus which was aspirated. Further evaluation revealed right lower extremity peroneal and popliteal deep venous thrombi. She was placed on anticoagulation, made a full clinical recovery, and was discharged home. Prompt recognition of symptoms, efficient in-hospital work flow, and a multidisciplinary approach led to an outstanding outcome in this young patient.

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