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Indexed/Abstracted in: BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Online ISSN 1827-191X
Kim B. Y., Choi H. H., Park Y. B., Yu B. S., Oh B. S. *
From the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Chosun University
*Chonnan National University Medical School Kwang-Ju, South Korea
Variant video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical technique for closure of patent ductus arteriosus has been introduced. Although the endoscopic clipping device may be a preferred method for interruption of the patent ductus arteriosus, there is always the risk of inadequate clip placement and limitation of application in width of ductus arteriosus. In an effort to overcome this problem we have used a self-made endoscopic loop ligation in 10 patients and herein report the method. Only a small window and one port of access are necessary to dissect the patent ductus arteriosus from the surrounding tissues and to apply the extracorporeally created sliding loop. Successful ligation without shunt is obtained in all cases. The technique is simple and safe even in the presence of a wide ductus.