This report describes a 64-year-old man with a large cerebral infarction during sauna bathing. He had no typical cerebrovascular risk factors. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed a patent foramen ovale of 5-mm diameter. In this patient a causal relationship between stroke and sauna bathing is considered and described by the term “sauna stroke syndrome.”
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Accepted: January 26, 2005
Received: January 3, 2005
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