PDA

Alternative names
Patent ductus arteriosus

Definition

Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a condition where the ductus arteriosus, a blood vessel that allows blood to bypass the baby’s lungs before birth, fails to close after birth. The word “patent” means open.

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Last revised: December 4, 2012
by Harutyun Medina, M.D.

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