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What's the safest way to treat patent ductus arteriosus?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. John Charpie
Pediatrics - Cardiology
7 doctors agree
In brief: It depends
In newborns, closure of a patent ductus arteriosus may be achieved through medications (such as Indomethacin or ibuprofen) or by surgical ligation and division.
In older children or adults, ductal closure is usually performed by a catheter-based approach, or surgical ligation and division. All of these therapies are generally safe, but all have certain risks associated with them.

In brief: It depends
In newborns, closure of a patent ductus arteriosus may be achieved through medications (such as Indomethacin or ibuprofen) or by surgical ligation and division.
In older children or adults, ductal closure is usually performed by a catheter-based approach, or surgical ligation and division. All of these therapies are generally safe, but all have certain risks associated with them.
Dr. John Charpie
Dr. John Charpie
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Drugs, device, knife
Intravenous drugs such as Indomethacin is safest and should be tried first.
Percutaneous catheter closure is a second good option. For those who don't respond or aren't candidates, surgery can be done, either through a thoracoscope or as an open procedure.

In brief: Drugs, device, knife
Intravenous drugs such as Indomethacin is safest and should be tried first.
Percutaneous catheter closure is a second good option. For those who don't respond or aren't candidates, surgery can be done, either through a thoracoscope or as an open procedure.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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