Pediatric Cardiology

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 842–845 | Cite as

Stenting of Bilateral Arterial Ducts in Complex Congenital Heart Disease

  • Giuseppe SantoroEmail author
  • Giuseppe Caianiello
  • Maria Giovanna Russo
  • Raffaele Calabrò
Case Report


Bilateral arterial ducts serving nonconfluent pulmonary arteries is a very rare pattern of pulmonary blood flow in congenital heart disease with pulmonary atresia. In this setting, neonatal ductal closure might result in abrupt pulmonary hypoperfusion and life-threatening systemic hypoxia, thereby indicating emergent surgical palliation or repair. However, percutaneous arterial duct stenting might be an alternative to surgery, especially in high-risk patients. This article reports on two critical neonates with complex heart disease and discontinuous pulmonary arteries dependent on bilateral arterial ducts who successfully underwent transcatheter ductal stenting as first-step palliation toward lower-risk corrective surgery.


Congenital heart disease Patent arterial duct Stent Cyanosis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe Santoro
    • 1
    Email author
  • Giuseppe Caianiello
    • 2
  • Maria Giovanna Russo
    • 1
  • Raffaele Calabrò
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of CardiologyA.O. “Monaldi”, 2nd University of NaplesNaplesItaly
  2. 2.Division of Paediatric Cardiac SurgeryA.O. “Monaldi”, 2nd University of NaplesNaplesItaly

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