Successful closure of the arterial duct in the setting of rubella syndrome
A 9-year-old boy, with significant left-to-right shunting across a large duct in the context of rubella syndrome, was tested during catheterization to establish the feasability of occluding the duct with a device. The testing, including temporary closure of the duct and monitoring of pulmonary vascular reactivity to vasodilative substances, lead to the decision to implant an Amplatzer occluder. Sixteen months later, there was no residual shunting across the duct, and pulmonary arterial pressures had normalised. It remains unclear why the patient had not developed irreversible pulmonary vascular disease.(Published Online August 15 2006)
(Accepted December 13 2001)
Key Words: Eisenmenger syndrome; pulmonary vascular disease; ductus arteriosus; Amplatzer duct occluder.
c1 Correspondence to: Konrad Brockmeier, Department of Paediatric Cardiology, Children's Hospital of the University of Heidelberg, INF 153, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany. Tel: +49 6221 562348; Fax: 49 6221 565790; E-mail: email@example.com