Paradoxical Embolism in a Girl with Atrial Septal Defect After Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia Ablation

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Paradoxical embolism is a kind of important pathogenesis of cardiocerebrovascular diseases. In our case, radiofrequency current catheter ablation was accomplished successfully in a 15-year-old girl who had been experiencing supraventricular tachycardia for 6 months. She presented with abrupt onset of left hemiplegia and loss of consciousness on the first postoperative day. An urgent cerebral computed tomography showed a hyperdense right middle cerebral artery. Transthoracic echocardiogram examination revealed an atrial septal defect (ASD), with the diameter measuring 39 mm.

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