Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a congenital heart condition that affects blood flow in your child’s heart. Because the blood flow isn’t efficient, your child’s heart and lungs have to work harder. At Children’s National Heart Institute, we use advanced catheterization procedures to close these holes.
In the womb, developing babies have a blood vessel called the ductus arteriosus that normally closes soon after birth. Patent ductus arteriosus occurs when this artery does not close properly. It is a common congenital defect and often affects premature babies.
When the ductus arteriosus does not close, oxygen-rich blood from your infant’s aorta mixes with oxygen-poor blood from the pulmonary artery, causing strain on the heart and lungs. If untreated, PDA can lead to difficulty breathing, chronic respiratory infections and heart failure.
At Children’s National, our expert cardiac catheterization team uses minimally invasive procedures to repair the hole. Using a catheter-based procedure, we are able to avoid surgery. This leads to a shorter recovery, less pain and a quicker return to normal activities. In addition, there is no chest scar.
The AMPLATZER® device is the most advanced device of its type available in the United States. Our team has extensive experience using the AMPLATZER® Duct Occluder to repair patent ductus arteriosus in children.
On the day of the procedure, our expert pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist will place your child under sedation. He or she will be asleep during the procedure and not feel any pain. The anesthesiologist continues to monitor your child the entire time. Learn more about anesthesia at Children’s National.
During the procedure, we will:
For more information, call us at 1-202-476-2020.
The pediatric heart experts at Children's National Hospital treat children with the most complex heart, blood vessel and valve conditions. Our Cardiac Catheterization program has one of the highest success rates for cardiac catheterization procedures. Learn more about Cardiac Catheterization.
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The pediatric heart experts at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., provide advanced care for unborn babies, children and young adults with heart conditions.