Top
10
Doctor insights on: Closure Of Patent Ductus Arteriosus

Share
1

1
What is patent ductus arteriosus?

What is patent ductus arteriosus?

Fetal structure: A patent ductus arteriosus (pda) is a small vessel that connects the pulmonary artery to the aorta during fetal life. Once the umbilical cord is cut and we are exposed to an oxygen rich environment that vessel should "shrivel up" and become an unobtrusive ligament. In some people it never closes and in some it will need to be addressed. ...Read more

Dr. Alex Golden
43 doctors shared insights

Patent Ductus Arteriosus (Definition)

Patent ductus arteriosus describes a condition where there is an abnormal connection between the blood travelling toward the lungs from the heart and the blood travelling from the heart to the body. This connection between the blood vessels is normal during development of the baby in the womb, but closes ...Read more


2

2
What is a patent ductus arteriosus?

Ductus Arteriosus: A ductus arteriosus is a vessel that allows babies to survive while in utero... It allows blood to bypass the lungs which are full of amniotic fluid and get to the placenta where gas exchange occurs. A patent ductus arteriosus is simply a vessel that has not closed (patent) once born the lungs relax and the pressures fall. As such, extra blood goes to the lungs, inefficient work for the heart. ...Read more

3

3
What exactly is patent ductus arteriosus?

What exactly is patent ductus arteriosus?

PDA: Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a persistent opening between two major blood vessels leading from the heart. The opening, called the ductus arteriosus, is a normal part of a baby's circulatory system before birth that usually closes shortly after birth. If it remains open, however, it's called a patent ductus arteriosus ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
What?Causes ?The patent ductus arteriosus?

Causes the PDA: The PDA is a critical vessel that allows the blood to bypass the lungs and get to the placenta while babys are still inside, in mom's uterus. The lungs are full of amniotic fluid and don't do any gas exchange (o2 delivery and co2 release) eveyone is born with a pda, it persists... Open (patent) most commonly in premature babies. There is no absolute answer as to why it stays open in some people. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
How do you treat patent ductus arteriosus?

Depends: In premature infants it is usually closed with medication (indomethacin). In the uncommon premature infant in which it does not work surgical ligation is required. Most pdas that are diagnosed in otherwise healthy children are closed with a catheter based device when they are over 2 years old. ...Read more

6

6
How do?You ?Treat patent ductus arteriosus?

Device closure: Pdas can almost always be closed in the catheterization laboratory using a small metal coil or device that can be placed with a catheter placed in the vein or artery in the groin rather than a surgery. In premature infants, it can often be closed with a medication. If this fails, surgery is most often done since they are too small for catheter-based methods. Soon there may be smaller systems. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
What are the tests for patent ductus arteriosus?

What are the tests for patent ductus arteriosus?

PE, CXR, Echo. : A physical exam, chest x-ray and, more importantly, an echocardiogram are the tests needed to diagnose a patent ductus arteriosus. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
What are the symptoms of patent ductus arteriosus?

What are the symptoms of patent ductus arteriosus?

Several symptoms. : A (p)persistent (d)ductus (a) allows blood to be shunted from the aorta to the pulmonary artery therefore causing more blood to go to the lungs. If the PDA is large, the increased blood flow to the lungs will determine a faster rate and work of breathing, the heart will enlarge and failure to thrive (grow appropriately). A PDA can and should be closed by a cardiologist or surgeon. ...Read more

9

9
When do you worry about a patent ductus arteriosus?

Fixed by school age: Pda's may require medicine closure or surgery in a frail premi . The energy drain from the excessive heart work may prevent progress in the nicu. In stable infants they are often watched. If they are missed or picked up in middle childhood, elective closure is often advised & can often be done through a catheter. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
I want to know what's the patent ductus arteriosus?

PDA: The PDA is an artery that connects the pulmonary artery to the aorta. It is present in everyone and is necessary for survival during fetal life. It allows blood to bypass the fluid filled lungs of the fetus and flow into the aorta and through the umbilical arteries back to the placenta. It normally closes within the first 72-96 hours of life. Occasionally it fails to close, requiring intervention. ...Read more