Ramazan Karg›n, Soe Moe Aung, Ozkan Candan, Nihal Ozdemir, Yunus Emiro¤lu

Keywords: Patent ductus arteriosus; Congestive heart failure; percutaneous closure


Patent ductus arteriosus is a congenital heart disease which can cause chronic volume overload leading to congestive heart failure. A 34-year-old woman with rest dyspnea was found to have patent ductus arteriosus and echocardiogram revealed a markedly dilated left ventricle (8.9 cm) and severely-compromised left ventricle systolic functions (ejection fraction~24%). The patent ductus arteriosus was successfully closed percutaneously with Amplatzer occluder device. The patient was discharged on optimal dosages of ramipril, metoprolol, furosemide, spiranolactone and aspirin. On the follow-up after 18 months, the symptoms were found to have regressed and echocardiographic parameters improved (ejection fraction~55%).