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What is ductus venosus and what does it do?

What is ductus venosus and what does it do?

Oxygen to brain: In the fetus, the ductus venosus shunts approximately half of the blood flow of the umbilical vein directly to the inferior vena cava. Thus, it allows oxygenated blood from the placenta to bypass the liver. In conjunction with the other fetal shunts, the foramen ovale and ductus arteriosus, it plays a critical role in preferentially shunting oxygenated blood to the fetal brain. ...Read more

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What happens when the ductus venosus doesn't close?

Ductus venosus: read this, you'll find the explanation in there: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ductus_venosus ...Read more

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Usg of 13 week fetus indicates reverse wave in ductus flow. It is physiological or something else?

Usg of 13 week fetus  indicates reverse wave in ductus flow. It is physiological or something else?

Increased risks!: Professor kypros nicolaides and others have shown that flow reversal in the fetal ductus venosus is a marker of increased risk for fetal cardiac defects and down/edwards syndrome independently of each other. Seek genetic counseling and maternal-fetal medical care to explore your options asap - best of luck! ...Read more

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Do the foramen ovale and ductus arteriosis completely close?

Do the foramen ovale and ductus arteriosis completely close?

Usually: Both the foramen ovale and the ductus arteriosus normally close shortly after birth. If the ductus arteriosus does not close, doctors can use medications or other techniques to close it. The foramen ovale is not always closed as long as the patient is not experiencing any problems. ...Read more

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My right ductus deferen is swollen. When looking from above i can see a small bump. The pain is not always consistent. Can you please help?

My right ductus deferen is swollen. When looking from above i can see a small bump. The pain is not always consistent. Can you please help?

Testicular swelling.: I assume you have a swelling of the testicle, just by inspection delineating vas deference swelling is not that easy. it is tiny little tube, Have it checked out. ...Read more

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What is the seriousness of ductus arteriosus/venosus and foramen ovale?

What is the seriousness of ductus arteriosus/venosus and foramen ovale?

Needs to be closed: Ductus arteriosus(PDA) is normal at birth and should close soon after. If persistant ,PDA is abnormal and may become a significant problem after few months of life. It should be evaluated by cardiologist and may be closed through a catheter and not require surgery. Foramen Ovale (Communication between R/ L upper chambers of heart) normal at birth and stays open in ~25% of people.Rarely a problem . ...Read more

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Do foramen ovale and ductus arteriosis close after birth?

Yes: They typically close immediately after birth. If not, your doctor may have to give the child medicine to close it, or surgery, depending on the problem and whether it works or now. ...Read more

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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

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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

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