Patent Ductus Arteriosus PDA Surgery

Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) Surgery

The ductus arteriosus is a blood vessel allowing blood to maneuver around the baby's lungs prior to being born. Soon after birth, the lungs fill with air and the ductus arteriosus becomes obsolete. It usually closes a few days after birth.

In a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), the ductus arteriosus fails to close and remains open. A PDA leads to abnormal blood flow from the pulmonary artery and aorta, two primary blood vessels transporting blood from the heart.

Surgery for a PDA involves clipping or tying the vessel so blood cannot transport from the pulmonary artery and aorta.

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