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Patent Ductus Arteriosus Ligation In Children


Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) ligation is surgery to close the opening between your child's aorta and pulmonary artery.


Follow up with your child's cardiologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


Children usually get better quickly after surgery. Let your child rest as much as needed. Ask your child's cardiologist when your child can return to his normal activity.

Wound care:

Carefully wash the incision area with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change the bandages when they get wet or dirty. Your child may have steri-strips (medical tape) on his incision. Keep them clean and dry. They will fall off by themselves after several days. Do not pull them off.

Help protect your child from illness:

Keep your child away from people who have colds or the flu. Also try to keep your child away from large groups of people. This decreases your child's risk of getting sick.

Do not smoke around your child:

Secondhand smoke harms your child's heart and lungs. If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you need help quitting.

Contact your child's cardiologist if:

  • Your child has pain that will not go away even after he takes pain medicine.
  • Your child has a fever.
  • Your child has chills, a cough, or sounds congested.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your child feels lightheaded, short of breath, and has chest pain.
  • Your child coughs up blood.
  • Blood soaks through your child's bandage.
  • The skin around your child's incision is red, swollen, or has pus draining from it.
  • Your child's stitches or staples come apart.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.