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Closure of a patent arterial duct in a septuagenarian with atrial fibrillation

  • Konrad Brockmeier (a1), Peter Hallscheidt (a2) and Christlieb Haller (a3)


We occluded a large arterial duct in a patient with atrial fibrillation, using an Amplatzer duct occluder, with no residual shunt at the end of the procedure. Follow-up revealed recanalization, which was successfully treated with a 4 mm Amplatzer ASD occluder. It is speculated the reopening of the initially occluded duct was the consequence of anticoagulation needed because of the atrial fibrillation.


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Correspondence to: Konrad Brockmeier MD, Direktor der Kinderkardiologie, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Cologne, 50924 Koeln, Germany. Tel: +49 478 86300; Fax: +49 478 86302; E-mail:


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The work was performed at the University of Heidelberg.



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