Udayavni Special

Abbott launches medical device to treat congenital heart defects in premature infants


Team Udayavani, Jun 15, 2021, 5:19 PM IST

Image Credit: Flickr

New Delhi: Drug firm Abbott on Tuesday said it has launched a medical device in India which can be implanted in premature infants and newborns who suffer from congenital heart defects.

The company has launched Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder in India. This medical device can be implanted in the tiniest babies (weighing as little as 700 grams) using a minimally-invasive procedure to treat conditions like Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA).

The device, which is even smaller than a pea, now offers hope to premature infants and newborns who need corrective treatment, and who may be non-responsive to medicine and are at high risk to undergo corrective surgery, Abbott said in a statement.

One of the most common congenital heart defects occurring in premature babies, PDA is a potentially life-threatening opening between two blood vessels leading from the heart.

This channel, which is present in normally developing fetuses, is important prior to birth to allow oxygen-rich blood from the mother to circulate throughout the fetus’ body. For most infants, the pathway, or duct, seals itself shortly after birth. In some cases, primarily in babies born prematurely, the PDA fails to spontaneously close, which can make it difficult for babies to breathe normally due to increased blood flow to the lungs. PDA accounts for up to 10% of all congenital heart disease.

”Piccolo is a critical advancement in the standard of care for the most vulnerable of premature babies who may not be able to undergo surgery to repair their hearts,” General Manager for Abbott’s Structural Heart business in India and the Subcontinent Payal Agrawal said.

Around 3.5 million premature babies are born in India each year. The incidence of PDA ranges from 15 to 37 per cent in newborn babies weighing less than 1,750 grams.

Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder is a self-expanding, wire mesh device that is inserted through a small incision in the leg and guided through vessels to the heart, where it is placed to seal the opening in the heart.

It is designed to allow the physician to insert it through the aortic or pulmonary artery as well as to retrieve and redeploy the device for optimal placement.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

You gave your best and this is all that counts: PM to fencer after her loss at Olympics

Mumbai-Bengaluru highway reopens for traffic after 4 days as water recedes near Kolhapur

Karnataka hikes DA from 11.25 to 21.50 per cent, announces releasing additional instalments for govt employees

Maha: Shopkeeper from Guj files cheating complaint against Raj Kundra’s firm

HC allows Rajput’s father to approach single judge over release of film

Will not launch new debt scheme till SAT decides our plea, Franklin Templeton tells SC

MyGov stands tall as effective example of participative governance: PM Modi


Related Articles More

Early antiviral response in nose may determine severity of COVID-19: Study

Over 3.09 crore unutilised vaccine doses available with states, private hospitals:Centre

PM Modi acclaimed DK district’s ‘Bakahu’ on his radio show recently; here’s what it is and how to make it?

Kundan Lal Gujral: The man who gave Tandoori chicken to the world

Many now have immunity against COVID-19 but don’t lower guard, say experts

MUST WATCH

Police checked in with Belthangady Municipal Harish Poonja

Vasantha Kulal | Major Dairy Cattle Diseases and their Management

Udayavani News Bulletin 26-July-2021

PUPPIES FEEDING ON PIG

WATER SEEPING ACROSS THE ROADS OF CHIKKODI

Latest Additions

You gave your best and this is all that counts: PM to fencer after her loss at Olympics

Mumbai-Bengaluru highway reopens for traffic after 4 days as water recedes near Kolhapur

Karnataka hikes DA from 11.25 to 21.50 per cent, announces releasing additional instalments for govt employees

Maha: Shopkeeper from Guj files cheating complaint against Raj Kundra’s firm

HC allows Rajput’s father to approach single judge over release of film

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.