Ischemic Stroke due to Intracranial Embolization of a Pelvic Phlebolith in a Pregnant Patient Successfully Treated by Surgical Embolectomy following Attempted Endovascular Thrombectomy


Far West


MountainView Hospital

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Case Report

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ischemic stroke, cerebral embolus


Cardiovascular Diseases | Nervous System Diseases | Radiology


An unusual case of ischemic stroke due to calcified cerebral embolus occurring in a pregnant patient during the peripartum period is reported. The source of the embolus was suspected to be a pelvic phlebolith in origin which paradoxically embolized via a patent foramen ovale to the supraclinoid right internal carotid artery. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of calcified cerebral embolus attributed to paradoxical embolism of a pelvic phlebolith, and we theorize that introduction of the phlebolith into the venous system may have occurred as a consequence of vascular remodeling due to pregnancy-related hemodynamic changes. Clinicians should be aware of this potential source of calcified cerebral emboli in patients with a patent foramen ovale during pregnancy. Our patient ultimately achieved an excellent outcome with surgical endarterectomy and embolectomy following an unsuccessful attempt at mechanical thrombectomy.

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Case Reports in Radiology