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Transcatheter closure of the patent foramen ovale in children: intermediate-term follow-up results

  • Kutay Sel (a1), Hakan H. Aykan (a1), Derya Duman (a1), Ebru Aypar (a1), Süheyla Özkutlu (a1), Dursun Alehan (a1) and Tevfik Karagöz (a1)...


The patent foramen ovale is almost a normal anatomical hole between the atria with ~30% incidence in the general population. It has been suggested that the patent foramen ovale is the cause of some neurological events, which is explained by paradoxical embolism. Transcatheter closure of the patent foramen ovale is a common procedure in adult patients with cerebral ischaemic events, but there are limited data investigating the results in children. Between January, 2005 and February, 2014, 17 patients’ patent foramen ovales were closed by the transcatheter approach in our department. The indications for closure were transient ischaemic attack in 10 patients, stroke in four patients, and migraine in three patients. The mean age and mean weight at the time of the procedure were 11.1±3.7 years and 42.1±15.4 kg, respectively. We asked our patients whether their previous ailments continued. All patients responded to the study survey. In 15 patients, ailments did not continue after patent foramen ovale closure and they significantly decreased in two of them. We suggest that under the right conditions device closure of the patent foramen ovale is a safe solution for these cryptogenic ischaemic events and migraine.


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Correspondence to: K. Sel, MD, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Ihsan Doğramacı Childrens Hospital, 06100, Samanpazari, Ankara, Turkey. Tel: +90 312 3051157; Fax: +90 312 3090220; E-mail:


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Transcatheter closure of the patent foramen ovale in children: intermediate-term follow-up results

  • Kutay Sel (a1), Hakan H. Aykan (a1), Derya Duman (a1), Ebru Aypar (a1), Süheyla Özkutlu (a1), Dursun Alehan (a1) and Tevfik Karagöz (a1)...


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