Faculty Advisor(s)

Paula Pate-Schloder



Download Full Text (324 KB)

Download bibliography (37 KB)


This research looks at treatment options for patent foramen ovale (PFO) patient's with recurrent cryptogenic strokes. Surgical, drug therapy, and percutaneous closure options were explored to determine the safest, most effective forms of treatment for the patients. Several clinical trials were evaluated to show the success of the PFO closure device. A patients case was studied to understand why they were considered for the percutaneous treatment option. Several images and descriptions are provided to demonstrate the process of placing the device. A description of post procedure care and imaging was also provided to show how a physician deems the procedure successful.

Publication Date


Document Type



Medical Imaging


Patent Foramen Ovale, Cryptogenic Strokes, treatment options


Medicine and Health Sciences

Patent Foramen Ovale Closure Devices for Preventing Recurrent Cryptogenic Strokes



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.