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Title: Diving and percutaneous closure of persistent (patent) foramen ovale
Authors: Martínez Quintana, Efrén 
Gopar-Gopar, Silvia
Rodriguez-González, Fayna
UNESCO Clasification: 32 Ciencias médicas
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: 1833-3516
Journal: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine 
Abstract: Paradoxical arterial gas embolism after diving, in patients with a persistent foramen ovale (PFO) is a potentially catastrophic complication that occurs when gas bubbles occlude blood flow at cardiac or cerebral level. Because the relationship between PFO and decompression illness is currently not clear, we should ensure that patients understand the uncertainties about the efficacy of transcatheter closure of a PFO and the possibility of complications if closure is decided upon. We report a female diver who developed temporary bradycardia, hypotension and evidence of myocardial ischaemia during a closure procedure.
ISSN: 1833-3516
Source: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine [ISSN 1833-3516] v. 45, p. 126-128
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