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are migraines and a prior pfo related in a child?

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Dr. William Scott
Pediatric Cardiology 39 years experience
Unclear: A PFO can be detected in patients with migraines more often than in the general population; however, there is not conclusive evidence to show that the presence of the PFO causes migraines or that closure of the PFO will relieve migraines.
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
Cardiology 22 years experience
There are reports: Of this...Talk to your physician.
Dr. Richard Humes
Pediatric Cardiology 41 years experience
Best answer is no: Initially some anecdotal reports suggested that closing a pfo resulted in a decrease in migraine in some patients. However, in a controlled study, no benefit was shown.

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