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 patent 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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Published Online First 18 August 2006
Competing interests: None.
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