Heart and Blood Conditions

Patent Ductus Arteriosus Treatment

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    • For appointments in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way, Olympia, Tri-Cities and Wenatchee, call 206-987-2515.
    • For appointments in Tacoma and Silverdale, call 253-272-1812.
    • For appointments in Alaska, call 907-339-1945.

    If this is a medical emergency, call 911.

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  • Locations +

    • Seattle Children's Main Campus: 206-987-2515
    • Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center: 425-454-4644
    • Everett: 425-304-6080
    • South Clinic in Federal Way: 253-838-5878
    • Olympia: 360-459-5009
    • South Sound Cardiology Clinics: 253-272-1812
    • Tri-Cities (Richland): 509-946-0976
    • Wenatchee: 509-662-9266
    • Pediatric Cardiology of Alaska: 907-339-1945
    • Seattle Children's doctors provide many cardiac services at regional sites throughout the Pacific Northwest. See our complete list of Heart Center locations.

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    • If you are a provider, fax a New Appointment Request Form (NARF) (PDF) (DOC) to 206-985-3121 or 866-985-3121 (toll-free).
    • No pre-referral work-up is required for most conditions. If you have already done testing such as an EKG, Holter monitor or echocardiogram, please fax this information as well as relevant clinic notes and the NARF to 206-985-3121 or 866-985-3121 (toll-free).
    • Your patient will be seen as quickly as possible by the provider who is the best match for managing the current problem.
    • View our complete Heart Center Referral Information (PDF).

Patent ductus arteriosus may close on its own over time. Premature babies are more likely to have patent ductus arteriosus close on its own. If your baby’s ductus is small and not causing problems, your doctor may suggest waiting to see if it closes in your child’s first year or two.

If the ductus is large, it is likely to cause problems or has already caused problems with your baby’s blood flow, breathing or heart function. Your doctor may suggest taking steps to close it.

Patent Ductus Arteriosus Treatment Options

Medicine

In premature babies, medicines may make the ductus tighten and close. Doctors use indomethacin or ibuprofen to do this.

Catheterization

In full-term babies, the ductus arteriosus can usually be closed with a cardiac catheterization procedure. The doctor uses a small, thin tube (catheter), inserted through a blood vessel in the leg, to close the ductus arteriosus. This procedure is done while your child is sedated (general anesthesia).

Surgery

Some premature infants and children who have a ductus arteriosus that is too large to close with cardiac catheterization may need surgery.

Contact Us

Contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2015 for a cardiac referral, a second opinion or more information.