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DOI 10.1007/s00246-009-9501-7

Received: 24 February 2009 / Accepted: 29 June 2009


Congenital Portosystemic Shunts and AMPLATZER Vascular

Plug Occlusion in Newborns



William N Evans, MD, Alvaro Galindo, MD, Ruben J Acherman, MD, Abraham Rothman, MD, Dean P Berthody, MD



ChildrenŐs Heart Center Nevada, 3006 S Maryland Pkwy, Ste 690, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109, USA. Email: WNevans50@aol.com.



Congenital portosystemic shunts (CPSs) may cause myriad manifestations. They can be detected prenatally, in infancy, or later. They may involute, cause acute symptoms, or remain unrecognized and cause chronic disease. As CPSs can require treatment, early diagnosis allows close monitoring. In symptomatic patients, interventional catheterization embolization of CPSs can be undertaken at any age.


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