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Prophylactic treatment of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) has not brought about substantial improvements in outcome and there has been a lot of interest recently in determining whether there are measures that might identify the ducts that should be targeted for early closure. El Khuffash et al provide interesting data regarding measurements of N-terminal-pro-B type natriuretic peptide (NTpBNP) and cardiac troponin T (cTnT) alongside echocardiographic measures. At 48 hours of life infants whose PDA had not closed had higher levels of these …

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