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Who gets patent ductus arteriosus treatment?

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Dr. John Charpie
30 years experience in Pediatrics
Anyone may need it: Patent ductus arteriosus (pda) is a normal fetal anatomic connection between the pulmonary artery and aorta that allows blood to bypass the lungs. Because fetuses don't use their lungs to exchange co2 and oxygen (due to a placenta), they do not require much blood flow to the lungs. The PDA normally closes soon after birth as babies start breathing, but can remain open in any infant (esp. Premies).
Answered on Jan 12, 2015
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