Information About Patent Ductus Arteriosus

(also known as PDA)

Patent ductus arteriosus occurs when the ductus arteriosis (DA) fails to close on its own shortly after birth. (The ductus arteriosis is the blood vessel in a developing fetus that diverts circulation away from the lungs and sends it directly to the body.) PDA can cause too much blood flow to a newborn's lungs. It is common in premature babies. 



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