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Catheter closure of the arterial duct in preterm infants
  1. Philip Roberts,
  2. Satish Adwani,
  3. Nick Archer,
  4. Neil Wilson
  1. Department of Paediatric Cardiology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr N Wilson
    Department of Paediatric Cardiology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK; NeilWil1{at}


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.

  • LPA, left pulmonary artery
  • NSAID, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
  • arterial duct
  • preterm
  • device closure

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  • Published Online First 18 August 2006

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