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Patent Ductus Arteriosus


Expert, Gentle Care for PDA


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Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a congenital (present at birth) heart defect where there is an extra blood vessel in a baby’s heart. Sometimes a PDA will close on its own, but if your baby is born early or has other medical conditions, treatment may be needed. If your baby is born with PDA, our board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric cardiologists and heart surgeons are here to answer your questions and ease your concerns. Our Nemours Cardiac Center teams support your family from diagnosis through treatment — and help your child live their life to the fullest.

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Services We Offer for Patent Ductus Arteriosus

Services We Offer for Patent Ductus Arteriosus


The expert teams in our Nemours Cardiac Center locations offer a full range of pediatric heart care for congenital heart defects like PDA. Services vary by specialist and location, but may include:

  • Cardiac Catheterization. A procedure used to diagnose or treat cardiac problems by inserting a thin plastic, flexible tube (called a “catheter”) into an artery or vein, and threading it through the bloodstream into the heart and its large blood vessels. 
  • Cardiac Diagnostics and Kid-Friendly Imaging. State-of-the-art, noninvasive and minimally invasive tests for kids of all ages, including babies still in the womb. 
  • Cardiology. Your child’s cardiologist will provide long-term treatment including medications, monitoring and preventive care.  
  • Cardiovascular Genetics Counseling. For conditions that are caused, at least in part, by changes in genes. 
  • Heart Surgery. We offer advanced procedures to repair congenital heart defects, performed by board-certified, fellowship-trained cardiothoracic surgeons. 
Why Choose Us for Patent Ductus Arteriosus Repair and Care

Why Choose Us for Patent Ductus Arteriosus Repair and Care


World-class heart care requires the compassion to understand your family's journey, and the expertise to heal even the most complex conditions. Our cardiac surgeons treat a vast array of congenital heart defects in infants, children and teens, using the most innovative, up-to-date approaches. Our specialty is the early detection and repair of heart problems, so your child will have the best possible chance for a healthy future. 

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Regional PDA Highlights

Services, programs, facilities and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

Ranked in best children's hospitals for cardiac care.

We offer care for newborns and children with PDA at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and select Nemours duPont Pediatrics locations.

The Nemours Cardiac Center located at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News and World Report.

We offer care for newborns and children with PDA at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando) and select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.  

Our renowned pediatric cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery team at the Nemours Cardiac Center in Central Florida offers inpatient, critical and surgical care at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando — including dedicated cardiac anesthesiologists and state-of-the-art cardiac intensive care unit (CICU). 

We offer care for children with PDA at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola and our hospital affiliate, West Florida Healthcare, with outpatient and follow-up appointments also available at select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations.

Our Nemours Cardiac Center in Pensacola is home to one of the few accredited pediatric transthoracic and fetal echocardiography labs in Florida and, if needed, can facilitate the transfer of extremely ill children between our Nemours Cardiac Center locations (e.g., to Nemours Children’s Hospital).  

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