What is PDA ligation?

Also known as: PDA ligation, PDA surgery.

Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a heart defect that’s present at birth. When the condition is present, a vein that normally closes at birth (the ductus arteriosus) stays open. The result is that oxygen-rich blood that should be circulating into the body instead goes back to the lungs. PDA ligation is a procedure to repair this problem.

Reviewed by: Robert L Hannan, MD

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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