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Closure of a patent foramen ovale resolved symptoms of postural dyspnea and hypoxemia and was effective for treating platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome, except for situations in which hypoxemia is related to a pulmonary origin, according to recent findings in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions.
“In patients with platypnea-orthodeoxia [syndrome] who have a large intracardiac [right to left] shunt, successful closure of the PFO may resolve symptomatic postural dyspnea and profound hypoxemia,” the researchers wrote.
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