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Posted : February 21, 2006
Can a pfo be that small that it isnt picked up on an echo??
I had DCS in '86, i was within the tables and had a good ascent. I was diagnosed with an air embolism and i also had numb legs from the knees down, left being worse than right. I had an echo 7yrs ago which was clear. I had always suffered from migraines. These have virtually disappeared now. Ive read that pfo's can be underlying cause of migraines, as they can unexplained DCS............what are your thoughts?? I am female and in '86 i was 16yrs old and had been diving for just over 2yrs. I ahve given up diving now due to problems with my knees and back. Strangely my left knee is much worse than my right.
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Posted : February 21, 2006
They can be or it can depend on how good the cardiologist is...we use an expert in London whom we can refer you to if you ever need it.
Yours
Dr J
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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