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Patent Ductus Arteriosus

Alternate Names : PDA

Patent Ductus Arteriosus | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Milder cases of PDA are treated with medications as needed. Over time, the duct will often close by itself.

If time and medications fail to close a PDA, open heart surgery may be needed. Newborns with severe PDA may need surgery in the first month of life. In those with less severe forms of PDA, surgery can be postponed for several months or even years.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

The medications may cause allergic reactions, stomach upset, and other side effects. Surgery carries a risk of bleeding, infection, and allergic reaction to the anesthesia.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

There are usually few problems after recovery from PDA closure.

How is the condition monitored?

The person makes routine visits to the healthcare provider, and the symptoms are monitored. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: Eric Berlin, MD
Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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