Patent foramen ovale in cryptogenic stroke: current understanding and management options.

  title={Patent foramen ovale in cryptogenic stroke: current understanding and management options.},
  author={Lambert A Wu and Joseph F. Malouf and Joseph A. Dearani and Donald J. Hagler and Guy S. Reeder and George W Petty and Bijoy K Khandheria},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  volume={164 9},
There is increasing interest in the association between patent foramen ovale (PFO) and documented stroke of unknown cause, commonly referred to as cryptogenic stroke. We reviewed the literature and, on the basis of the available data, designed a diagnostic and treatment algorithm for patients with PFO and cryptogenic stroke. Patent foramen ovale is relatively common in the general population, but its prevalence is higher in patients with cryptogenic stroke. Importantly, paradoxical embolism… CONTINUE READING


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