[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A 43-year-old woman was undergoing radiofrequency catheter ablation of a symptomatic supraventricular tachycardia when a patent foramen ovale (PFO) was detected with passage of the diagnostic electrocatheter into the left atrium. Prior echocardiographic studies had been unrevealing. Upon questioning during the procedure, the patient now admitted to frequent and disabling daily migraine attacks, while her family described two recent brief episodes of disorientation and dysarthria, consistent with transient ischemic attacks. The patient was informed of the option of future closure of the PFO, but she insisted on having this done concurrently with her ablation procedure. After successful ablation of the slow pathway considered responsible for the supraventricular tachycardia, an Amplatzer closure device was utilized and the PFO was successfully closed during the same procedure. A postprocedural transesophageal echocardiogram showed complete sealing of the PFO, while over the ensuing 10 months the patient reported virtual elimination of her daily attacks of migrainous headaches, limited to a single episode the day after the procedure and none thereafter.
Full-text · Article · Aug 2006 · Clinical Cardiology