Patent foramen ovale and cryptogenic stroke: a matter of age?

@article{Handke2009PatentFO,
  title={Patent foramen ovale and cryptogenic stroke: a matter of age?},
  author={Michael Handke and Andreas Harloff and Christoph Bode and Annette Geibel},
  journal={Seminars in thrombosis and hemostasis},
  year={2009},
  volume={35 5},
  pages={
          505-14
        }
}
A patent foramen ovale (PFO) enables a right-to-left shunt in about a quarter of the population. The marked association between cryptogenic stroke and PFO supports the hypothesis that paradoxical embolism could be a relevant cause of stroke. Although this association has been described in several studies for patients <55 years of age, only limited data are available on the role of PFO in older patients. Recent studies, however, have also shown a significant association between cryptogenic… CONTINUE READING

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