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September 1945

SURGICAL THERAPY OF THE PATENT DUCTUS ARTERIOSUSREPORT OF FIVE CASES

Author Affiliations

DURHAM, N C.
From the Department of Surgery, Duke University Hospital and School of Medicine.

Arch Surg. 1945;51(2):106-112. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1945.01230040111006
Abstract

A patent ductus arteriosus is a constant threat to life if allowed to persist. Bullock and colleagues1 have collected 80 authenticated cases of death from untreated patent ductus arteriosus in patients over 3 years of age. Eleven (14 per cent) of the patients had died from their cardiac

lesion by the age of 14; one half were dead by the age of 30, and 70 per cent by the age of 40. Two lived to the age of 66 years. The causes of death are listed in table 1. Although these statistics cannot be accepted unqualifiedly, they do indicate the seriousness of the condition. Ligation of the patent ductus arteriosus, a procedure which has been carried out with increasing frequency since Gross and Hubbard2 reported the first case with successful results, in 1939, surgically corrects the defect and offers the chance of a normal life to thousands of

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