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NBME 21 Answers

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A 78-year-old woman is brought to the emergency ...

Embolectomy

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submitted by visualninjacontender(8),

Irrerugularly Irregular rhythm = Afib Afib --> stasis of blood in the Heart ---> Thrombus formation Thrombus will embolize to the (likely) the popliteal artery leading to acute limb ischemia

194orbust  why would an embolectomy be favored over clopidogrel? +1  
194orbust  oh nvm......it's bc clopidogrel won't bust a clot, just prevents them from forming. +7