Catheter closure of the arterial duct in preterm infants
- Correspondence to:
Dr N Wilson
Department of Paediatric Cardiology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK;
- Accepted 2 July 2006
- Published Online First 18 August 2006
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.
Published Online First 18 August 2006
Competing interests: None.