Procedures - Migraine and the PFO


Migraine is a common cause of headache in about 5 to 10% of the british population. There is some evidence which suggests that echocardiography (ultrasound scan of the heart) shows a PFO in a much higher proportion of migraine sufferers than expected. It is suggested but not yet proven that closure of the PFO may improve the headaches. There is no current data to recommend closure but patients with disabling headaches often request it.


Migraine and the PFO

I am co-ordinating in this country based at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge a large study of the affect of patent foramen ovale closure in migraine.


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