What is included in posttreatment management of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)?

Updated: Nov 20, 2018
  • Author: Luke K Kim, MD; Chief Editor: Stuart Berger, MD  more...
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Typically, hospitalization following treatment for patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is minimal. Patients who have catheter closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) are usually sent home on the day of the procedure. Even patients who have standard surgery with a thoracotomy rarely are hospitalized for longer than 2 or 3 days.

The appropriate care and length of hospitalization of premature neonates with a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) are primarily determined based on abnormalities of other organ systems. However, babies who have effective closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) appear to have shorter hospital stays than babies whose patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) remains a problem.


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