Persistent hypoxemia due to patent foramen ovale in a patient with adult respiratory distress syndrome

N. A. Dewan, M. Gayasaddin, V. A. Angelillo, W. J. O'Donohue, S. Mohiuddin

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This report describes a patient in the recovery phase of the adult respiratory distress syndrome in whom the persistence of severe hypoxemia was not corrected by a high fractional concentration of oxygen in the inspired gas and positive end-expiratory pressure. A right-to-left interatrial shunt was diagnosed by M-mode and cross-sectional echocardiography with saline injection, and the presence of a patent foramen ovale was confirmed at the time of cardiac surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-613
Number of pages3
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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