Recent Developments in PFO Closure
The patent foramen ovale closure market has continued to mature in 2009, with the latest round of developments reported at the 2009 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics meeting, recently held in San Francisco. Over 60 presentations related to PFO closure or atrial septal defect closure were presented at TCT this year, more than double the amount of PFO-related talks presented in 2008.
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Patent foramen ovale can be a contributing factor for stroke, chronic migraine, decompression sickness and obstructive sleep apnea. SeptRx Inc.'s percutaneous device for treating PFO is unique in that it mirrors the anatomy of the flat tunnel of tissue that characterizes PFO. Not only is the device itself flat, but its frame laterally stretches the tunnel to keep it flat and bring the tissue surfaces in contact.