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Can a PDA be prevented while the baby is in my belly?
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Dr. William Scott
Pediatrics - Cardiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Pda stands for patent (meaning open) ductus arteriosus.
The ductus arteriosus is an important structure that should remain open throughout pregnancy. After birth, it should close naturally within a few days.

In brief: No
Pda stands for patent (meaning open) ductus arteriosus.
The ductus arteriosus is an important structure that should remain open throughout pregnancy. After birth, it should close naturally within a few days.
Dr. William Scott
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Absolutely Not
A PDA is a normal part of the fetus's anatomy.
With very, very few exceptions, closing the PDA in a fetus will actually lead to fetal demise. So, with rare exceptions, we would never close a PDA while in the womb.

In brief: Absolutely Not
A PDA is a normal part of the fetus's anatomy.
With very, very few exceptions, closing the PDA in a fetus will actually lead to fetal demise. So, with rare exceptions, we would never close a PDA while in the womb.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: You don't want that
The PDA is a normal bypass that allows the babies heart output to go directly to the body without passing through the lungs( which do nothing before birth).
This reduces the work of the heart & allows the baby to use its energy to grow rather than do extra work. After breathing starts the increase in body oxygen level begins natural closure in most.

In brief: You don't want that
The PDA is a normal bypass that allows the babies heart output to go directly to the body without passing through the lungs( which do nothing before birth).
This reduces the work of the heart & allows the baby to use its energy to grow rather than do extra work. After breathing starts the increase in body oxygen level begins natural closure in most.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology
In brief: Pda necessary
Every fetus has a pda.
If it closes before birth serious problems arise.

In brief: Pda necessary
Every fetus has a pda.
If it closes before birth serious problems arise.
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Dr. Matthias Peuster
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