Patent ductus arteriosus in the adult is an extremely rare clinical phenomenon. We report the case of a 34-year old man who developed pulmonary endarteritis and subsequent embolic lung abscess secondary to a large patent ductus arteriosus. This brief report also provides an overview of the natural history, potential complications, optimal therapy, and diagnostic dilemmas associated with this persistent congenital cardiac defect in adults.
Patent ductus arteriosus, pulmonary endarteritis, embolism, lung abscess.
Shahzad G. Raja, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Harefield Hospital Hill End Road, Harefield, UB9 6JH, London, UK. Tel. +44.1895828550 – Fax: +44.1895828992 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dr Tarun Mittal, consultant cardiothoracic radiologist,
for providing the images and advice aimed
at improving the quality of the manuscript.
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