Profound hypoxaemia corrected by PFO closure device in carcinoid heart disease. (1/233)

A 66-year-old man with known metastatic carcinoid tumor presented with increasing dyspnoea, right heart failure and marked hypoxaemia which did not correct with oxygen. Echocardiography demonstrated severe tricuspid regurgitation, moderate pulmonary regurgitation and marked right heart dilatation. The inter-atrial septum was aneurysmal, with a large patent foramen ovale (PFO) with continuous right to left shunting. Cardiac catheterization demonstrated oxygen saturations of 96% in the pulmonary veins and 74% in the left atrium with a significant right to left shunt. During percutaneous closure of the PFO, anaesthetic induction resulted in marked systemic hypotension and worsening hypoxia related to systemic vasodilatation and increased shunting. PFO flow was temporarily obstructed with a sizing balloon resulting in a rapid increase in arterial oxygen saturation from 60% to >90%, but marked systemic hypotension due to acute left ventricular preload reduction, requiring volume replacement and adrenaline. Following deployment of a PFO occluder device, prominent pulsatile splaying of the right and left discs was noted due to the severe tricuspid regurgitation, resulting in some residual inter-atrial shunting. Arterial oxygen saturation was 83%, increasing to 92% at day 4 post-procedure as tissue organization occurred within the device, and the patient reported improvement in dyspnoea.  (+info)

Patent foramen ovale and ischemic stroke in young people: statistical association or causal relation? (2/233)

OBJECTIVES: To determine if there are evidences of a causal relation between patent foramen ovale (PFO) x cryptogenic ischemic stroke (IS) in the young population and to analyze this relation in terms of causal criteria. METHODS: A total of 168 young patients with IS was retrospectively evaluated and divided into two groups: cryptogenic and with a defined cause. As a routine procedure, the patients underwent investigation of the PFO by means of transesophageal echocardiogram and/or transcranial Doppler sonography, both of them associated with the bubble test. Multivariate analysis was performed after demonstration of univariate statistical association between PFO x IS. RESULTS: After multivariate analysis, the association between PFO x cryptogenic IS was still statistically significant with odds ratio (adjusted OR = 3.3; 95% CI: 1.5-7.4). The total number of cerebral lesions also presented a significant association with cryptogenic IS (adjusted OR = 0.4; 95% CI: 0.2-0.9). The association between PFO and cryptogenic IS met all the causality criteria. CONCLUSION: The causal relation between PFO and cryptogenic IS in the young population is highly probable. This fact should be considered in the therapeutic decision.  (+info)

Eustachian valve interfering with transcatheter closure of patent foramen ovale. (3/233)

A prominent Eustachian valve (EV) is a common finding in patients with a patent foramen ovale (PFO). Its presence might compromise transcatheter closure of the PFO.  (+info)

A dumbbell thrombus entrapped in patent foramen ovale. (4/233)

A 75-year-old lady came to emergency room due to dizziness and presyncopal attacks during exertion since two days prior to admission. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed a thrombus like mass in right atrium traversing patent foramen ovale and extending to left atrium. Spiral chest CT scan showed bilateral pulmonary thromboemboli. Operative and pathological findings confirmed the diagnosis.  (+info)

Pulmonary embolism and patent foramen ovale thrombosis: the key role of TEE. (5/233)

This is a case report of a 35 young man with Klinefelter Syndrome presented breathlessness, palpitations and chest pain. It shows a rare case of a thrombus located through the PFO, in patient with pulmonary and paradoxical embolism, which takes back to exciting hypothesis on thrombus growth. A thrombus, which has grown 'in situ' or trapped through the patent foramen ovale, may be a cause of relapsing pulmonary or systemic embolism during anticoagulation therapy. To prevent recurrent paradoxical embolism, percutaneous closure of PFO is recommended, but in this case, thrombus was trapped through the PFO and the patient was referred to the surgeon. We believe that under these circumstances the clinician should be informed of the presence of PFO in critical pulmonary embolism; this case points out the key role of TEE to face a diagnostic and therapeutic scenarios.  (+info)

Successful interventional closure of a patent foramen ovale in a pediatric patient supported with a biventricular assist device. (6/233)

We report on a 16-year-old boy after an event of cardiac arrest and initial treatment with a veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenator (ECMO). After a short stabilisation period a biventricular assist device (BVAD, Thoratec) was implanted. Although the BVAD was functioning well, the patient showed persisting hypoxemia. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a patent foramen ovale with a high right-to-left shunt due to low aspiration pressures of the BVAD. The patient was successfully treated by interventional closure of the PFO with a 27-mm Amplatzer septal occluder and could easily be weaned from the respirator. Meanwhile the boy has successfully undergone heart transplantation. PFO has to be considered as a cause of arterial hypoxemia in patients supported with ventricular assist devices. The diagnosis of a PFO may be missed under ECMO-treatment. Interventional closure of a PFO can successfully be performed even if the patient is supported with a BVAD.  (+info)

Migraineurs with patent foramen ovale have larger right-to-left shunt despite similar atrial septal characteristics. (7/233)

The objective of the study was to assess differences in proportion of large right-to-left shunt (RLS) and atrial septal characteristics between migraineurs and non-migraineurs referred for transcatheter closure of patent foramen ovale (PF0). This retrospective study took place in a large metropolitan medical centre. The patients were migraineurs with aura (n=52), migraineurs without aura (n=19) and non-migraineurs (n=149). RLS was evaluated before closure using bilateral power m-mode transcranial Doppler at rest and after calibrated, sustained Valsalva manoeuvre, and graded with a validated 0-5 scale. Intracardiac echocardiography was used to assess atrial septal characteristics. Migraineurs had a higher proportion of large RLS (Grade IV or V) than nonmigraineurs at rest and after calibrated Valsalva (rest, p=0.04; Valsalva, p=0.01). Atrial septal characteristics were similar between groups. Migraine is associated with larger RLS at rest and strain; however migraine status does not predict PFO characteristics.  (+info)

Patent foramen ovale and cryptogenic stroke in older patients. (8/233)

BACKGROUND: Studies to date have shown an association between the presence of patent foramen ovale and cryptogenic stroke in patients younger than 55 years of age. This association has not been established in patients 55 years of age or older. METHODS: We prospectively examined 503 consecutive patients who had had a stroke, and we compared the 227 patients with cryptogenic stroke and the 276 control patients with stroke of known cause. We examined the prevalences of patent foramen ovale and of patent foramen ovale with concomitant atrial septal aneurysm in all patients, using transesophageal echocardiography. We also compared data for the 131 younger patients (< 55 years of age) and those for the 372 older patients (> or = 55 years of age). RESULTS: The prevalence of patent foramen ovale was significantly greater among patients with cryptogenic stroke than among those with stroke of known cause, for both younger patients (43.9% vs. 14.3%; odds ratio, 4.70; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.89 to 11.68; P<0.001) and older patients (28.3% vs. 11.9%; odds ratio, 2.92; 95% CI, 1.70 to 5.01; P<0.001). Even stronger was the association between the presence of patent foramen ovale with concomitant atrial septal aneurysm and cryptogenic stroke, as compared with stroke of known cause, among both younger patients (13.4% vs. 2.0%; odds ratio, 7.36; 95% CI, 1.01 to 326.60; P=0.049) and older patients (15.2% vs. 4.4%; odds ratio, 3.88; 95% CI, 1.78 to 8.46; P<0.001). Multivariate analysis adjusted for age, plaque thickness, and presence or absence of coronary artery disease and hypertension showed that the presence of patent foramen ovale was independently associated with cryptogenic stroke in both the younger group (odds ratio, 3.70; 95% CI, 1.42 to 9.65; P=0.008) and the older group (odds ratio, 3.00; 95% CI, 1.73 to 5.23; P<0.001). CONCLUSIONS: There is an association between the presence of patent foramen ovale and cryptogenic stroke in both older patients and younger patients. These data suggest that paradoxical embolism is a cause of stroke in both age groups.  (+info)