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Value of monitoring pulse oximetry for imputability of patent foramen ovale in transient dyspnoea.
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PMID:  16869459     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Diagnosis of patent foramen ovale (PFO) is commonly made by echocardiography with contrast injection. PFO can be responsible for a transient right-to-left shunting with paroxysmal dyspnoea but punctual measurements of oxygen saturation may fail to detect arterial desaturations. Thus, claiming the imputability of PFO in dyspnoeic symptoms remains difficult. We report on the case of a 64-year-old man presenting an intermittent disabilitating dyspnoea, for which the pulse oximetry monitoring allowed to impute symptoms to the right-to-left shunting through the PFO and influenced the decision of percutaneous closure.
Remy Cohen; Thierry Laperche; Thierry Royer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta cardiologica     Volume:  61     ISSN:  0001-5385     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Cardiol     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-27     Completed Date:  2007-01-12     Revised Date:  2009-06-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370570     Medline TA:  Acta Cardiol     Country:  Belgium    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  353-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiology, Centre Cardiologique du Nord, Saint Denis, France.
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MeSH Terms
Dyspnea / blood,  etiology*
Echocardiography, Transesophageal
Electrocardiography, Ambulatory
Heart Aneurysm / blood,  diagnosis
Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / blood,  diagnosis*,  surgery
Heart Septum
Hypertension / blood,  diagnosis
Middle Aged
Monitoring, Ambulatory*
Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive
Ventricular Remodeling / physiology

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