My little boy was diagnoised with a PFO last year!! He had a heart murmur when born but during check up PFO was discovered. My question is should we have it closed if he is not having any problem? I am confused and don twant to have unnecssary surgery. He id frightened to death over this.
A patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a flap valve and opening that all babies have in utero. Once the baby is born, that flap valve gets pushed shut and the opening seals. However, 25-30% of all adults have it remain open, so we do not recommend routine closure of PFO’s. The only times that it could cause a problem is if he were to change altitude quickly (such as being a deep-sea diver or high-performance jet pilot) or if he were to have a disorder in which he forms blood clots abnormally frequently. In these cases, it may be wise to consider having it closed, as gas bubbles or clots potentially could go across the foramen and cause a stroke. Of note, PFO’s do not cause heart murmurs.
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