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Use of an Amplatzer vascular occluding device to close a synthetic Blalock–Taussig shunt in an infant

  • Ben Anderson (a1) and Gary Sholler (a1)


We describe our experience with the closure of a synthetic Blalock–Taussig shunt using an Amplatzer vascular occluding device placed with the aid an exteriorised guidewire loop in an infant with congenital cardiac disease. The technique used in a neonate and the physiological benefits of this approach are discussed. We highlight the extended use of the Amplatzer vascular plug in this clinical setting and the advantages of using and the exteriorised guidewire loop for its placement.


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Correspondence to: Dr Ben Anderson, Adolph Basser Cardiology Institute, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Corner of Hawkesbury Road and Hainsworth Street, Westmead, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Tel: +61 2 9845 2345; Fax: +61 2 9845 2163; E-mail:


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1.Hill, SL, Hijazi, ZM, Hellenbrand, WE, Cheatham, JP. Evaluation of the Amplatzer vascular plug for embolization of peripheral vascular malformations associated with cogenital cardiac disease. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv 2006; 67: 113119.



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