Palliative Therapies for Congenital Heart Disease with Ductus Dependent Pulmonary Circulation
received 28 March 2017
accepted 28 June 2017
15 September 2017 (eFirst)
In neonates, the management of ductus dependent pulmonary circulation is challenging. There have been three palliative therapies for this lesion: the modified Blalock-Taussig shunt, ductal stenting and prostaglandin E infusions, for maintaining the ductal patency before definite operations. Debates remain with regard to the indications and disadvantages of three palliative therapies. The aim of this article is to give a brief review of these three palliative therapies.