oa Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Transcatheter occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus with the Rashkind device



Results of the first 50 patients in South Africa in whom the Rashkind patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) occluder was placed within the ductus are presented. Patients weighing ? 8 kg with a diagnosis of a PDA ? 8 mm in diameter were eligible for inclusion into the study. Successful initial implantation of the device was achieved in 48 patients, with embolisation occurring in 2 patients. Both devices were successfully retrieved at surgery.


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