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Archive » 1998 » 2 » | Archive » Medical field » Fields » Internal Medicine »

Patent foramen ovale in adult life

 
Abstract:

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The recent technical development of echocardiography, especially transesophageal echocardiography, made the diagnosis of patent foramen ovale in adult life possible. The defect pre­disposes the patient to paradoxical embolism and is therefore of great clinical significance. There is a close association between patent foramen ova­le and ischemic stroke in both younger and older patients. Patent foramen ovale is found significantly more frequently in patients who have suffered isc­hemic stroke than in healthy individuals. The de­finite management of patients with patent foramen ovale and ischemic stroke still remains a thera­peutic challenge. The therapeutic options inclu­de long-term anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy, and more invasive procedures, such as surgical closure or transcatheter closure of the defect.

Authors:
Koželj Mirta, Peternel Polona

Keywords:
heart septal defects - atrial - diagnosis, adult, electrocardiography - transesophageal, cerbrovascular disorders

Cite as:
Med Razgl. 1998; 37: 199–206.

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