Korean Circ J.  1996 Jun;26(3):731-733. 10.4070/kcj.1996.26.3.731.

Transcatheter Closure of Patent Foramen Ovale in a Stroke Patient under the Guidance of Transesophageal Echocardiography


Interest in the prevalence of patent foramen ovale(PFO) and its relation to embolic stroke has increased with the sophistication of methods for noninvasive cardiac assessment. The effect of foramen ovale closure on the risk for subsequent strokes is promised. A 22-year old woman was presented with sudden onset of cerebral infarct. She had a patent formen ovale, and right to left shunt during the Valsalva maneuver, which was diagnosed by transesophageal contrast echocardiography. Transcatheter closure of PFO was performed with Rashkind PDA umbrella under the guidance of transesophageal echocardiography. Transcatheter closure of PFO can be accomplised with little morbidity and may reduce the risk of embolic episode.


PFO; Umbrella; Stroke
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