Preterm infants with symptomatic patent ductus arteriosus had considerably raised plasma concentrations of atrial natriuretic peptide. Surgical ligation of the patent ductus arteriosus was associated with an immediate fall in plasma atrial natriuretic peptide concentration. Thus left to right shunting and left atrial distension may cause atrial natriuretic peptide release in preterm infants with patent ductus arteriosus.
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