Open Surgery for Retrieval of Patent Foramen Ovale Closure D
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Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) is found in around a quarter of the general population and may be implicated in some cerebrovascular events by the mechanism of paradoxical embolism. Similarly, Ostium Secundum Atrial Septal defect (ASD) is one of the most common congenital heart defects in adults . Percutaneous atrial septal defect (ASD) closure was first performed in 1974. And percutaneous PFO closure in patients with suspected paradoxical embolism is now a common procedure in the developed world. The main advantages of percutaneous approach include avoidance of surgery, short procedure time and hospital stay and quick recovery time. Device embolization is seen rarely but it can be fatal. It is seen in about 0.6% of cases. And it could be as high as 20%. We report a complication of such closure in a 44-year-old man. The diagnosis of device embolization was made three months after implantation during a routine echocardiographic check up. The device embolized into the distal part of the right pulmonary artery. We removed the device surgically and closed the PFO....

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