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One quarter of cerebral infarctions are cryptogenic and most of these patients are young. Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) is found to be more prevalent in young persons with cryptogenic stroke and risk of stroke recurrence in such patients ranges from as low as 2% per annum to as high as 12% per annum. Since patients with PFO and cryptogenic stroke are young they need more effective ways to reduce risk of stroke recurrence hence percutaneous closure of PFO seems reasonable approach to deal with this etiology of stroke in such population. We report four cases of cryptogenic stroke in young Saudi patients. PFO closure was performed in all. After closure, none of them developed either recurrence of symptoms or any complication on follow up for more than one year.

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