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Diagnosis of the preterm patent ductus arteriosus: clinical signs, biomarkers, or ultrasound?
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PMID:  22414882     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The current uncertainty in relation to treatment of the preterm patent ductus arteriosus reflects limitations to our understanding of the pathophysiology of ductal shunting, most particularly which ducts matter to which babies and when they matter. Doppler ultrasound offers a pragmatic tool with which to assess ductal patency and shunt significance and to allow prediction of spontaneous and therapeutic closure. Biomarkers, such as B-type natriuretic peptide, and clinical signs may have a diagnostic role where ultrasound is not available and also possibly as an adjunct to echocardiography in determining the pathophysiological impact of a ductal shunt in an individual baby.
Nick Evans
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seminars in perinatology     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1558-075X     ISO Abbreviation:  Semin. Perinatol.     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7801132     Medline TA:  Semin Perinatol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  114-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Newborn Care, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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