Catheter closure of the arterial duct in preterm infants

Roberts, Philip; Adwani, Satish; Archer, Nick; Wilson, Neil
July 2007
Archives of Disease in Childhood -- Fetal & Neonatal Edition;Jul2007, Vol. 92 Issue 4, pF248
Academic Journal
Background: When medical treatment of a symptomatic arterial duct in a preterm infant fails, management is surgical. Patients and Methods: 10 preterm neonates referred to a tertiary cardiac centre for treatment of a symptomatic potent arterial duct who underwent cardiac catheterisation with the intention of device closure. Results: Successful catheter device closure of the arterial duct in nine preterm infants is described. Conclusion: In selected cases, catheter device closure may offer an alternative to thoracotomy and surgical ligation.


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