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Percutaneous PFO closure for the prevention of recurrent brain abscess.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17086523     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A patent foramen ovale (PFO) can act as a conduit between the venous and arterial circulations, allowing right-to-left shunting and bypass of the pulmonary circulation. Brain abscess may develop as a result of paradoxical embolism of organisms through a PFO. In this small series, we report on the closure of PFO for the prevention of recurrent brain abscess. Only prospective, randomized trials comparing PFO closure to conservative therapy could provide a definitive answer as to the optimal strategy for preventing recurrent cerebral abscess.
Matthew LaBarbera; M Joshua Berkowitz; Alan Shah; James Slater
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions     Volume:  68     ISSN:  1522-1946     ISO Abbreviation:  Catheter Cardiovasc Interv     Publication Date:  2006 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-27     Completed Date:  2007-02-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100884139     Medline TA:  Catheter Cardiovasc Interv     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  957-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Abscess / etiology,  prevention & control*,  surgery
Embolism, Paradoxical / complications,  microbiology*
Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / complications*,  surgery
Middle Aged
Prosthesis Implantation*
Streptococcus intermedius / pathogenicity*

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