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Doctor insights on: Patent Ductus Arteriosus Repair

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How expensive is the patent ductus arteriosus repair?

How expensive is the patent ductus arteriosus repair?

Widely variable: The cost of PDA repair is widely variable both by location of where in the US it is done and the procedure performed (surgery vs. catheter). Most are now done by catheter with no incision and less than a one day stay. This is a great (and fair) question to ask your doctor's office/hospital where this will be done. In these days of managed care, I believe its best to know what you are getting into. ...Read more

Dr. Alex Golden
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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


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How hard is the surgery for a?Patent ductus arteriosus repair?

How hard is the surgery for a?Patent ductus arteriosus repair?

Depends: In very small infants, the ductus will be ligated (pinched closed with a surgical clip). Most risk comes from the anesthesia and partially collapsing the lung to visualize the area. In older infants & children, a PDA may be closed through a cath procedure, where a large IV is inserted into a vein and a small plug is placed into the PDA -- no surgery at all, & practically an outpatient procedure! ...Read more

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How rare is patent ductus arteriosus repair in normal new babies?

Not rare: It is a fairly common surgery and very safe even in small premature infants. Should be done at appropriate facility (children's hospital) with an experienced pediatric cardiac surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the long-term effects of a repaired PDA (patent ductus arteriosus) for humans?

Can you tell me the long-term effects of a repaired PDA (patent ductus arteriosus) for humans?

Usually none: In the majority of patients, a successfully repaired (ligated) PDA carries no long term adverse consequences. If there are complications from the procedure (injury of the recurrent laryngeal nerve or phrenic nerve, pulmonary artery, or aorta) then there could be long term consequences (vocal cord paralysis, paralysis of the diaphragm, hoarseness, obstruction of the pulmonary artery or aorta). ...Read more

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Would a person with neonate repaired patent ductus arteriosus be at greater risk for heart damage or heart disease due to the congenital defect?

Hardly: Not to worry you , but even some very, very good surgeons have mistaken a wrong blood vessel for the PDA and ligated it instead. This includes the left pulmonary artery and even the descending aorta. Fortunately this is extremely rare. Other than that, there is basically no further risk of damage or disease. ...Read more

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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

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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

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Why did patent ductus arteriosus commonly left open?

Confusing question: A PDA is an energy saving bypass used in the developing fetus to send most of the hearts blood flow to the body rather than the lungs before birth. After birth, the rise in blood oxygen content usually triggers the bypass to close.It remains open in some cases & can create problems in later life. Closure by medicine, catheter or surgery is the common practice in the us by school age. ...Read more

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What activities should I avoid since I have patent ductus arteriosus?

Nothing much: I assume it is too small to bother closing. You should avoid poor dental hygiene, and IV drug abuse (to avoid endocarditis). Otherwise feel free to do whatever. ...Read more