What is Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder?

Also known as: patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure, transcatheter PDA closure, non-surgical PDA closure

The Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder is a treatment for the congenital heart defect known as patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). Infants born with PDA have an abnormal opening between the aorta and pulmonary artery that can cause circulation problems. The opening is a normal part of a baby’s circulatory system before birth, but it usually closes shortly after birth. The Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder is a device used to close this opening in premature babies that can be installed with a catheter and without surgery.

Reviewed by: Lourdes Prieto, MD

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