Migraine and Patent Foramen Ovale

Lawrence C. Newman and Morris Levin

in Headache and Facial Pain

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780195373875
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322800 | DOI:

Series: What Do I Do Now

Migraine and Patent Foramen Ovale

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The observation of the significantly increased incidence of patent foramen ovale (PFO) in migraine sufferers has raised questions about causality and the potential benefit of PFO repair in otherwise asymptomatic patients. This chapter addresses the nature of the relationship between migraine and PFO as well as the pros and cons for transcatheter PFO repair in migraine patients.

Chapter.  1310 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology ; Pain Medicine

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