The clinical features of a patent ductus arteriosus include:
- Bounding pulses
- Active precordium (presence of ventricular heave)
- Continuous / systolic murmur in pulmonary area (left infraclavicular)
- Respiratory distress failing to improve or deteriorating at 5 – 10 days of life, including apnoea in the non-ventilated baby.
Reference: Rennie & Roberton’s Textbook of Neonatology, 5th Ed, 2005. London: Churchill. Chapter 28. Pg 643-4.
Previously published: 18/11/14