Percutaneous closure of a patent foramen ovale in left-sided carcinoid heart disease

Nat Clin Pract Cardiovasc Med. 2007 Aug;4(8):455-9. doi: 10.1038/ncpcardio0944.


Background: A 51-year-old woman with a 5-year history of metastatic small bowel carcinoid disease developed fatigue and gradually worsening dyspnea on exertion, over 6 months.

Investigations: Physical examination, transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography, and aortography.

Diagnosis: Left-sided carcinoid disease associated with a patent foramen ovale.

Management: Percutaneous transcatheter closure of the patent foramen ovale.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aortography
  • Carcinoid Heart Disease / diagnosis
  • Carcinoid Heart Disease / pathology
  • Carcinoid Heart Disease / surgery*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Echocardiography
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Heart Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Heart Neoplasms / secondary
  • Heart Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / diagnosis
  • Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Intestine, Small
  • Liver Neoplasms / secondary
  • Middle Aged