Tip 75: patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)

The incidence of PDA in term infants is ~57: 100,000 live births. In preterm infants, especially with a birth weight <1500g, the incidence can be up to 33%.

Over half of infants weighing <1Kg are symptomatic and require medical treatment for PDA closure.

Reference:  Hamrick S., Hansmann G., 2010. Patent Ductus Arteriosus of the 
Preterm Infant. Pediatrics; 125 (5): 1020 – 1030.

First published: 27/03/14

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