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Transcatheter Closure of Patent Ductus Arteriosus in Children
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Transcatheter closure of your child's PDA is done to close the opening between you child's aorta and pulmonary artery. Normally, the opening closes shortly after birth. Transcatheter closure may be done if your child is having symptoms. It also may be done to reduce the risk of infection if your child does not have symptoms.
Call 911 for any of the following:
- Your child feels lightheaded, short of breath, and has chest pain.
- Your child coughs up blood.
Seek care immediately if:
- Your child starts to bleed from his catheter site.
- The bruise where the catheter was placed gets bigger.
- The limb where the catheter was placed is numb, painful, or changes color.
- Your child's wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
Contact your child's healthcare provider or cardiologist if:
- Your child has a fever or chills.
- Your child develops a rash.
- You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider or cardiologist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Encourage your child to rest as much as possible for at least 2 days after a PDA closure. Ask when your child can return to his normal daily activities.
You may give your child a sponge bath or shower after your child goes home. Do not let your child take a bath or go swimming until the scabs fall off the area where the catheter was placed. This usually takes about 1 week.
Carefully wash your child's wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your child's bandages when they get wet or dirty. Dress your child in loose clothing for the first few days after the PDA closure. This will keep the skin around the catheter wound from being irritated while it heals. It is normal for your child to have a small amount of bruising and soreness where the catheter was placed.
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