Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA): Closure in the heart catheterization lab

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Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is when the ductus arteriosus does not close properly after birth. Learn about the operation to correct PDA and recovery.

Key points

  • If a PDA does not close on its own, a small closure device can be placed in the heart catheterization lab.
  • Your child will need a general anaesthetic for the procedure.
  • Although there are some risks, serious problems are rare.
  • Most children can go home on the same day as the procedure.
Last updated: November 10th 2009