A Silent Patent Ductus Arteriosus: A Culprit or an Innocent Bystander?

Edward Gologorsky, Jadelis Giquel, Angela Gologorsky

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A 4-mm patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) was serendipitously diagnosed during intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography for a noncardiac procedure in an obese adult patient with a history of decreased exercise tolerance and dyspnea, despite a negative preoperative transthoracic examination. This uncommon event poses questions regarding the relevance of this finding to the differential diagnosis of dyspnea in an obese adult with a negative transthoracic echocardiography study, given the unknown prevalence of this pathology and the absence of consensus regarding the clinical management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-132
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • adult congenital heart disease
  • echocardiography
  • education (all levels)
  • heart failure
  • imaging (all modalities)
  • patent ductus arteriosus (patent arterial duct)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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