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Sinus of Valsalva thrombosis causing peripheral embolism [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2011; 39(1): 52-54

Sinus of Valsalva thrombosis causing peripheral embolism

Fuat Gündogdu1, Eftal Murat Bakırcı1, Hüsnü Degirmenci1, Necip Becit2
1Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey
2Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey

A 44-year-old woman was admitted with the diagnosis of peripheral arterial emboli. Peripheral angiography demonstrated total occlusion of the popliteal artery. The obstruction was successfully resolved with a Fogarty arterial embolectomy catheter. Both transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography showed a mobile, round thrombus in the noncoronary sinus of Valsalva. The patient did not accept surgery, and anticoagulation with warfarin was initiated. One month after treatment, transthoracic echocardiography demonstrated disappearance of the thrombus in the noncoronary sinus of Valsalva. The patient did not experience any recurrent episode of systemic embolization. This is a rare case of peripheral embolism caused by a thrombus in the noncoronary sinus of Valsalva without aneurysm.

Keywords: Anticoagulants/therapeutic use, echocardiography, embolism/etiology, ischemia/etiology; leg/blood supply; sinus of valsalva/pathology; thrombosis/complications/therapy

How to cite this article
Fuat Gündogdu, Eftal Murat Bakırcı, Hüsnü Degirmenci, Necip Becit. Sinus of Valsalva thrombosis causing peripheral embolism. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2011; 39(1): 52-54

Corresponding Author: Eftal Murat Bakırcı, Türkiye
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