The large window ductus: A surgical trap

Jürg Grünenfelder, Ulrike Bartram, Richard Van Praagh*, Kevin E. Bove, Warren W. Bailey, Richard A. Meyer, Peter R. Koenig, Angel R. Perez, David C. Schwartz

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A rare window type of patent ductus arteriosus is reported that was large (15 mm in maximal transverse dimension) but had virtually no length and hence was externally invisible. The smaller aortic isthmus (4 mm in diameter), which was intrapericardial, was mistaken for the ductus and was inadvertently clip-occluded, leading to death. After a specific diagnosis is made, the large window ductus should be patched on cardiopulmonary bypass with a transpulmonary approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1790-1791
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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