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Embolic Disease

Evolving Diagnostic and Management Approaches

Edited by Stanislaw P. Stawicki

St. Luke's University Health Network


Mamta Swaroop

Northwestern University

Michael Firstenberg

William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance

In the realm of medical practice, the word “embolism” has many implications to many people, with most providers instinctively placing this word within an inherently negative context. Derived from the Greek word, ἐμβολισμός, this term most literally means “interposition.” Yet, regardless of how benign this etymological derivation may appear, the clinical context is quite the opposite—a symbol of much dreaded morbidity and mortality. Whether the embolus consists of a blood clot, a fat globule, a bubble of gas, amniotic fluid, or even an iatrogenic or traumatic foreign body, the unfavorable connotations persist even if the patient has few or no associated symptoms and requires no intervention.The primary goal of this book is to provide the reader with an overview of the most common types of embolic phenomena encountered in clinical practice, including some of the key related diagnostic and therapeutic considerations. Among chapters featured in the current collection are important contributions in the areas of pulmonary embolism, fat embolism, embolic complications of non-malignant cardiac tumors, acute arterial embolism of the lower extremity, thrombophilia in pregnancy, bullet and shrapnel embolization, coronary artery embolization, as well as a comprehensive review of venous interventions utilized in the management of thromboembolic disorders. When measured in terms of both human and financial costs, broadly defined “embolic phenomena” have tremendous impact on healthcare systems and societies around the globe. Through this academic effort of both our editorial team and individual chapter authors, we hope to provide the reader with valuable insight into the gravity of the collective problem. Among key takeaway messages of this book is that diagnostic relativity and uncertainty continue to prevail in the realm of “embolic diseases.” Consequently, much more progress is required before we are able to declare success.

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Embolic DiseaseEvolving Diagnostic and Management ApproachesEdited by Stanislaw P. Stawicki

Published: February 5th 2020

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.77755

ISBN: 978-1-78923-860-0

Print ISBN: 978-1-78923-859-4

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-1-78985-330-8

Copyright year: 2020

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1. Introductory Chapter: Defining the True Global Impact of Embolic Phenomena

By Samantha Wolfe, Stanislaw P. Stawicki, Mamta Swaroop, Jennifer C.B. Irick and Michael S. Firstenberg


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2. Fat Embolism: What We Have Learned from Animal Models

By Alan M. Poisner and Agostino Molteni


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3. Non-Malignant Cardiac Tumors

By Sarah Eapen, Bethany Malone, Jennifer Hanna and Michael S. Firstenberg


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4. Coronary Embolic Phenomena: High-Impact, Low-Frequency Events

By Qasim Malik, Ambreen Alam, Stanislaw P. Stawicki and Peter Puleo


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5. Acute Arterial Embolism of the Lower Limb

By André Luís Foroni Casas


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6. Thrombophilia and Pregnancy: Diagnosis and Management

By Panagiotis Tsikouras, Theodora Deftereou, Xanthoula Anthoulaki, Anastasia Bothou, Anna Chalkidou, Anna Christoforidou, Elefterios Chatzimichael, Fotini Gaitatzi, Ioannis Tsirkas, Arsou Chalil Bourazan, Eirini Bampageorgaka, Georgios Iatrakis, Stefanos Zervoudis, Werner Rath and Georgios Galazios


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7. Peripartum Pulmonary Embolism

By Nissar Shaikh, Firdous Ummunnisa, Arshad Chanda, Umm-e-Amara, Mohammed A. Imran, Mahammad Zubair, Jazib Hassan, Mohammad Nayeemmuddin, Qazi Zeeshan, Zia Mahmood, Saher Thaseen, Abdul Gafoor Tharayil, Ranjan Mathias, A.R. Raju Vegesna and Umaiz Momin


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8. Venous Interventions: From Lower-Limb Deep Vein Thrombosis to May-Thurner Syndrome and Budd-Chiari Syndrome

By Ding-Kwo Wu, Chih-Wei Chen, Hao Xu and Maoheng Zu


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9. Bullet and Shrapnel Embolism: When “Uncommon” Meets “Dangerous”

By Stephen D. Dingley, Zachary E. Darby, Jennifer C.B. Irick, Gregory Domer and Stanislaw P. Stawicki


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