Pediatric Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) Closure Procedure

The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is a leader in treating patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in premature infants non-surgically, even those weighing less than one kilogram.

PDA Closure in Infants

Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) is a blood vessel that typically closes within the first few days after birth in full-term babies. When the vessel that connects the pulmonary artery to the aorta is too large, it allows too much blood to flow into the lungs making breathing difficult for the infant.

Expert Care for PDA Closures

Dr. Lourdes Prieto, Interventional Cardiologist with the Heart Program at Nicklaus Children’s, has extensive experience in PDA closures in premature infants, even those weighing less than one kilogram.  Nicklaus Children’s is one of the few pediatric congenital heart programs in the state that offers the procedure on premature infants as small as one kg. The catheterization procedure involves a small incision in the groin to place a device through the blood vessel that seals the vessel to stops abnormal flow into the lungs.