Pharmacological closure of symptomatic PDA in premature infants using indomethacin

M. Y. Ho, F. Y. Huang, H. A. Kao

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When left to right shunting through the ductus arteriosus is of a degree contributing to the cardiopulmonary problems in a premature infant, the condition is clinically termed symptomatic PDA. It is also generally agreed that symptomatic PDA if left untreated is a significant cause of increased morbidity and mortality. Studies have also concluded that all infants with symptomatic PDA who are prematurely born and/or ventilator dependent should be considered candidates for ductal closure by either pharmacological or surgical mean. Over a period of approximately 2 1/2 years, 22 premature infants with symptomatic PDA have been treated here with powder form indomethacin. The one course success rate was 68%. Thereafter, in another 2 1/2 years, 33 cases were selected for whom a liquid form was used instead. The success rate was 70%. Indomethacin is better given by an intravenous route. However, if the intravenous form is not available, using the liquid form by mouth or via the naso-gastric tube is a good substitute.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-94
Number of pages7
JournalZhonghua Minguo xiao er ke yi xue hui za zhi [Journal]. Zhonghua Minguo xiao er ke yi xue hui
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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