Multimodality imaging approach to paradoxical embolism: a cauliflower mass on the Eustachian valve

Giuseppina Novo, Vincenzo Lavanco, Valeria Donghi, Mirko Curzi, Ottavia Cozzi, Fabio Fazzari, Renato M. Bragato, Andrea Pappalardo, Fabio Fazzari, Girolamo Manno

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Abstract

The Eustachian valve was first described by BartolomeoEustachio (Italian anatomist) at 1552. It is an embryological remnant of the inferior vena cava valve that prenatally directs the oxygenated blood from inferior vena cavaacross the patent foramen ovale (PFO) into systemiccirculation. Generally, following birth, after the closureof the foramen ovale it gradually regresses and not have aspecific function, but it may persist in some patients as afloating membrane in the right atrium (RA), a nonpathological functionless structure.1 The prevalence ofEustachian valve in the normal population is unknown.Generally, it is an incidental finding without any significant pathophysiological consequences, but in some particular cases, unfortunately, it can become the site ofthrombus formation and paradoxical embolic source.1In our case report we describe a particular case of paradoxical systemic embolism due to a giant cauliflowerthrombus on Eustachian valve, which caused ischemicstroke, pulmonary embolism and splenic infarction
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-77
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Volume21
Publication statusPublished - 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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    Novo, G., Lavanco, V., Donghi, V., Curzi, M., Cozzi, O., Fazzari, F., Bragato, R. M., Pappalardo, A., Fazzari, F., & Manno, G. (2019). Multimodality imaging approach to paradoxical embolism: a cauliflower mass on the Eustachian valve. Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine, 21, 75-77.