Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is an unclosed hole in the aorta, the main artery of your body. This condition primarily affects premature babies whose lungs did not fully develop before they were born. At Wake Forest, our partnership with the pediatric experts at Brenner Children’s Hospital allows us to provide a superior level of care to our patients.
PDA closure is a nonsurgical procedure that reduces a child’s risk of infection in the inner lining of the heart chambers and valves. Here’s how it works:
- Before the procedure, your child receives one or more cardiovascular imaging tests, such as an angiogram, to pinpoint the shape and size of the hole.
- Your child will receive medication to help him or her relax or go to sleep (depending on the age).
- A pediatric cardiology specialist makes an incision in your child’s artery and inserts a thin, spaghetti-like tube (catheter) with either a coil or plug-shaped device attached to the other end.
- We then advance the catheter through your child’s blood vessels to the ductus arteriosus.
- We insert the coil or plug into the hole using special instruments and advanced imaging technology.
- We remove the catheter, and the procedure is complete.
- Your child will probably not need to stay overnight in the hospital.