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Patent ductus arteriosis (PDA) - series—Indications

Indications

Overview

The type and timing of surgical repair depends on the child's condition and the type and severity of heart defects.

In general, symptoms that indicate that surgery is needed are:

  • Difficulty breathing because the lungs are wet, congested, or fluid-filled (congestive heart failure)
  • Problems with heart rate or rhythm (arrhythmias)
  • Excessive work load on heart that interferes with breathing, feeding, or sleeping

Review Date 2/11/2020

Updated by: Todd Campbell, MD, FACS, Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Surgery, Volunteer Faculty, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ; Medical Director, Independence Blue Cross. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.