Problem

Patent ductus arteriosus

Other Names:
Patent ductus botalli
Nature:
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
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
10.12.1999 – 00:00 CET