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    Perpulmonary Device Closure of Patent Ductus Arteriosus with Minimum Diameter More Than 4 mm in Infants

    Shibin Sun1,#, Geoffrey J. Changwe1,2,#, Zeeshan Farhaj1, Hongxin Li1,*, Yuekun Sun1, Zhongzheng Kong1

    Congenital Heart Disease, Vol.17, No.4, pp. 437-445, 2022, DOI:10.32604/chd.2022.019943

    Abstract Background: Closure of large patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in older children has been accomplished using surgical and percutaneous techniques with remarkable outcomes. However, outcomes amongst infants have been variable with several drawbacks. Here we describe a novel minimally invasive technique, a product of mini-thoracotomy and traditional percutaneous technique skills, accomplished exclusively under echocardiography guidance. Methods: Symptomatic infants with a significant left-to-right shunt from PDA measuring more than 4 mm were selected. The symptoms were varying degrees of tachypnea, tachycardia, heart failure, failure to thrive, recurrent respiratory tract infections, or intensive care unit treatment for a longer duration. Through a left… More >

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    Minimally Invasive Congenital Cardiac Surgery: A Large Volume European Experience

    Alvise Guariento1,2, Ilias P. Doulamis3, David Blitzer4, Claudia Cattapan2, Massimo A. Padalino2, Vladimiro L. Vida2,*

    Congenital Heart Disease, Vol.15, No.3, pp. 127-139, 2020, DOI:10.32604/CHD.2020.012197

    Abstract Background: In an effort to reduce postoperative trauma and achieve more cosmetic results, minimally invasive approaches to correct congenital heart anomalies have been recently proposed and increasingly adopted. Here we describe our experience for the past 23 years. Methods: Patients who underwent a surgical procedure between February 1996 and March 2019 with a minimally invasive approach for the correction of congenital heart disease in our center were included in this study. A statistical analysis was carried out to compare the results of the different minimally invasive techniques. A meta-analysis was conducted to compare our results in patients undergoing atrial septal… More >

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