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Ligation of the arterial duct in pre-term babies – where should it be done, and by whom?

  • Carin van Doorn (a1) and Tjark Ebels (a2)


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Correspondence to: Tjark Ebels, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University Medical Centre Groningen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Tel: 0031 (0) 503611719; Fax: 0031 (0) 503611347; E-mail:


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