Patent ductus arteriosus closure
Patent ductus arteriosus is a common clinical lesion which increases the risk of endocarditis and may lead to heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. Devices and techniques have advanced to the point that in most patients percutaneous closure should be the procedure of choice. Devices are best selected by fully examining the anatomy of the defect. In general coils are best suited for smaller defects and the Amplatzer Duct Occluder excels in moderate to large defects. Follow-up should include echocardiography to ensure complete closure. © 2006, the Author.
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