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When are you supposed to know if your baby has a pda?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: All have before born

The PDA is part of the normal body parts that will begin to close off after the babies blood oxygen level rises to air breather values.
The pediatrician may detect an open on on the first exam or later. A few will persist for weeks before closing & rarely one persists until someone treats it.

In brief: All have before born

The PDA is part of the normal body parts that will begin to close off after the babies blood oxygen level rises to air breather values.
The pediatrician may detect an open on on the first exam or later. A few will persist for weeks before closing & rarely one persists until someone treats it.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. William Scott
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: If it is significant

A PDA can be assessed using echocardiography.
The size of the pda, the blood flow through the PDA and the effects on the heart (often enlargement of the left side of the heart) tell how much of a problem is present. Options for treatment depend upon the age of the baby and the size of the defect. Some can be helped to close with medications, others may need surgery or a catheter based closure.

In brief: If it is significant

A PDA can be assessed using echocardiography.
The size of the pda, the blood flow through the PDA and the effects on the heart (often enlargement of the left side of the heart) tell how much of a problem is present. Options for treatment depend upon the age of the baby and the size of the defect. Some can be helped to close with medications, others may need surgery or a catheter based closure.
Dr. William Scott
Dr. William Scott
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: Depends

Pdas are sometimes diagnosed in adults.
So there is no time at which we are "supposed to know". Some pdas do not cause murmurs and so no one would suspect it existed. Those pdas do not require treatment. If the PDA is causing a murmur, there is debate about whether they need to be treated. Bottom line is that there's no age when we "need" to know. It depends on your child's overall health.

In brief: Depends

Pdas are sometimes diagnosed in adults.
So there is no time at which we are "supposed to know". Some pdas do not cause murmurs and so no one would suspect it existed. Those pdas do not require treatment. If the PDA is causing a murmur, there is debate about whether they need to be treated. Bottom line is that there's no age when we "need" to know. It depends on your child's overall health.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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