Platypnea-orthodeoxia is a rare clinical syndrome characterized by hypoxemia induced during upright posture. Multiple mechanisms have been proposed to explain this clinical entity, usually involving posture-provoked intracardiac or transpulmonary shunting. In many cases, however, a single etiology may not be evident, and multiple factors are likely contributory. We herein describe an unusual and novel case of platypnea-orthodeoxia caused by the physiologic interaction between a severe proximal right coronary artery stenosis and a large patent foramen ovale. Percutaneous stenting of the right coronary artery and transcatheter closure of the patent foramen ovale during the same setting resulted in complete resolution of the patient's symptoms.
- Atrial septal defects
- Percutaneous coronary intervention
- Transcatheter intervention
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging