Z Geburtshilfe Neonatol 2017; 221(06): 272-275
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-116017
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Palliative Therapies for Congenital Heart Disease with Ductus Dependent Pulmonary Circulation

Shi-Min Yuan
1  Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The First Hospital of Putian, Teaching Hospital, Fujian Medical University, Putian, China
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Publication History

received 28 March 2017

accepted 28 June 2017

Publication Date:
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.