Tip 193: PDA 3

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

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