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a preterm newborn has patent ductus arteriosus, does one lead to the other?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: Every baby has a patent ductus arteriosus (pda) at birth. A term infant's PDA usually closes in 24-72 hours. Very premature infants PDA often does not close without pharmacological or occasionally surgical intervention.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

A preterm newborn has patent ductus arteriosus, what would be the brest treatment?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Variable issue: Some will close spontaneously. If the kid is having difficulty progressing because of the defect, they can try a medication closure. If unsuccessful & still poor progress it can be surgically closed. If the kid resolves his/her respiratory problem and it continues well after discharge, an elective closure at a later date can be arranged. Each case differs & rx depends on those differences.

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