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Wiener klinische Wochenschrift

, Volume 128, Issue 23–24, pp 925–927

An unusual cause of heart failure in an octogenarian femaleFirst Online: 26 August 2016Received: 04 May 2016Accepted: 18 July 2016DOI: 10.1007-s00508-016-1061-2

Cite this article as: Mueller, S., Plank, F., Klimes, K. et al. Wien Klin Wochenschr 2016 128: 925. doi:10.1007-s00508-016-1061-2 Summary

Patent ductus arteriosus PDA is the third most common congenital abnormality in which the arterial duct, which normally closes spontaneously after birth within 24–48 h in full-term infants, remains permanently open. Breathlessness is very common in elderly patients and can be caused by several comorbidities, mostly cardiac and pulmonary diseases. PDA as a cause of heart failure in this patient population is very rare and diagnosis depends on high clinical awareness. Here we present a case diagnosed with multimodality imaging including 3‑dimensional 3D transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography and 3D-volume rendering technique VRT computed tomography.

KeywordsPatent ductus arteriosus Heart failure Dyspnea Octogenarians  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Silvana Mueller - Fabian Plank - Katrin Klimes - Gudrun Feuchtner - Johannes Mair


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