Clinical and echocardiographic diagnosis of patent ductus arteriosus in premature neonates.

@article{Chiruvolu2009ClinicalAE,
  title={Clinical and echocardiographic diagnosis of patent ductus arteriosus in premature neonates.},
  author={Arpitha Chiruvolu and Poonam Punjwani and Claudio Ramaciotti},
  journal={Early human development},
  year={2009},
  volume={85 3},
  pages={147-9}
}
The ductus arteriosus frequently fails to close in premature neonates. Considerable difference in opinion exists around what signifies a hemodynamically significant patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and how reliable clinical signs are in determining the degree of the left-to-right shunting. Although reliance on clinical signs alone could delay the diagnosis of a PDA, there is insufficient evidence to suggest that early treatment improves outcome. Echocardiography is often used as the gold standard… CONTINUE READING