Patent ductus arteriosus

Other Names:
Patent ductus botalli

The ductus arteriosus is the blood vessel in the foetus through which blood passes from the pulmonary artery to the aorta, bypassing the lungs (which do not function during intra-uterine life). The ductus normally ceases to function soon after birth and within a few weeks is reduced to a fibrous cord. Patent ductus arteriosus is a congenital defect in which this conversion does not happen. It can be surgically corrected.

Broader Problems:
Congenital heart defects
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST