Aortic saddle embolus presenting with transient lower extremity paresthesia

O. John Ma, Mark King

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We report the case of a 58-year-old woman who developed acute onset of bilateral lower-extremity numbness and difficulty ambulating at home. On presentation to the emergency department, however, the patient's symptoms essentially had resolved. An aortic saddle embolus was suspected based on the patient's cardiac history and the absence of distal pulses in the lower extremities. This case illustrates that even with vague or resolving complaints, a high index of suspicion should be maintained for the diagnosis of aortic saddle embolus based on the patient's medical history and on physical examination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1508-1510
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of emergency medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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