Patent ductus arteriosus – is ‘wait and see’ a better approach?

Patent ductus arteriosus is a condition in which a gap between two of the main blood vessels leading from the heart fails to close after birth. In recent years the approach to this condition has changed from one where an immediate medical or surgical approach was used to a more conservative one in which doctors wait to see if the hole closes by itself. In this study Valerie Y. Chock, from Stanford University School of Medicine, led a team of researchers comparing how new-born babies fared under the old and new approaches. She concluded that there was no difference in adverse clinical outcomes between the two approaches or significant difference in “resource utilization.”

You can read the abstract of this study here.


About John Gale

I work as a medical librarian in the Joint Education and Training (JET) library at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. I keep clinicians up to date with the latest research, help them to find the best information about treatment and train them to find - and assess - high-quality information for themselves. I also help doctors and nurses find and write high-quality information for patients.
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