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Transcatheter recanalisation and stenting of a closed ductus arteriosus in duct dependent lung perfusion
  1. C Kampmanna,
  2. C-F Wippermanna,
  3. F-X Schmidb
  1. aDepartment of Pediatric Cardiology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, bDepartment of Heart and Cardiovascular Surgery, Johannes Gutenberg University
  1. Dr med C Kampmann, Johannes Gutenberg Universität zu Mainz, Pädiatrische Kardiologie, Langenbeckstrasse 1, D-55101 Mainz, Germany. email: kampmann{at}

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In patients with the congenital cardiac malformation of tetralogy of Fallot, occasionally one pulmonary artery, usually the left, seems angiographically to be absent.1 This pulmonary artery is usually present, but discontinuous with the pulmonary trunk, having originally been supplied by a patent arterial duct. With closure of the duct, the receiving flow to that pulmonary artery is by small collateral vessels, which leads to reduced growth of the involved pulmonary vessels and impedes definite surgical repair.

We report a case of a 2 day old, 1890 g, premature, cyanotic boy (oxygen saturation 82%) with tetralogy of Fallot, right sided aortic arch, and discontinuity between the pulmonary trunk and the left pulmonary artery with a distance of 6 mm, and a complete left sided pulmonary perfusion deficiency. Six hours after starting prostaglandin E …

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