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    Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research, 2010; 1(4):203-205
    CASES REPORT BASED CLINICAL STUDY | doi:10.4103/0975-3583.74264

    Multiple arterial emboli secondary to left ventricular thrombus in a 35-year-old obese male

    Authors:

    Andrew Chetwood, Alison Sanders1, Martin Saweirs, Ankur Thapar, Alun H. Davies

    Departments of Vascular Surgery, and 1Emergency Medicine, Charing Cross Hospital, London, UK

    Abstract:

    The very unusual case of a 35-year-old obese male patient with a left ventricular (LV) thrombus secondary to a silent myocardial infarction and resultant shower emboli to multiple arterial sites is described. His presentation with acute limb ischemia led to arterial imaging and the identifi cation of the underlying cardiac pathology in addition to splenic and bilateral renal infarcts. He was also found to suffer from previously undiagnosed hypertension. He underwent femoral embolectomy and multiple arterial revascularization attempts but required bilateral above knee amputations and a prolonged intensive care unit stay. This rare and extreme example of a LV thrombus in a young male emphasizes the potential sequellae of the condition. Furthermore, with the increasing incidence of obesity this case demonstrates the importance of considering undiagnosed cardiovascular risk factors when assessing obese patients.

    Key words: Embolization, left ventricular thrombus, myocardial infarction, obesity.