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Neurological Sciences

, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp 353–356 | Cite as

Transcranial Doppler in the diagnosis of cardiac patent foramen ovale

  • S. Angeli
  • M. Del Sette
  • M. Beelke
  • G. P. Anzola
  • E. Zanette
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Abstract

Right-to-left shunt due to patent foramen ovale is a well-established risk factor for ischemic stroke, especially in young subjects and in patients with cryptogenic stroke. We report a detailed method for the diagnosis of a right-to-left shunt by means of transcranial Doppler as established at a recent consensus conference, and review the literature on the indications for the test.

Key words Stroke Migraine Foramen ovale, patent Transcranial Doppler 

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© Springer-Verlag Italia 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Angeli
    • 1
  • M. Del Sette
    • 1
  • M. Beelke
    • 2
  • G. P. Anzola
    • 3
  • E. Zanette
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Neurological Sciences and Vision, University of Genoa, Via De Toni 5, I-16132 Genoa, ItalyItaly
  2. 2.DISMR Centre for Sleep Medicine, University of Genoa, Genoa, ItalyItaly
  3. 3.Neurological Clinic II, University of Brescia, Brescia, ItalyItaly
  4. 4.Department of Neurological Sciences, La Sapienza University, Rome, ItalyItaly

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