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Patent ductus arteriosus and its symptoms in detail

Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 4:48 pm by Williams Hart    

While the fetus develops inside the mother’s womb, the pulmonary artery connects directly to the aorta for blood circulation and oxygen delivery. This normal connection is called ductus arteriosus, which closes hours or days upon birth. However, there are instances when ductus arteriosus fails to close within the specified amount of time, leading to a congenital heart defect called patent ductus arteriosus (PDA).

Babies with this congenital heart malformation may experience one or more of these PDA symptoms:

  • Difficulty eating
  • Stunted or poor growth
  • Weakness
  • Bluish-colored skin
  • Too much sweating during activities, such as feeding
  • Trouble breathing
  • Fast heart rate

Zoloft, an anti-depressant that affects the absorption of folic acid, which is essential for the prevention of birth defects, is known to increase the risk of patent ductus arteriosus among babies exposed to it while in their mother’s womb. If your baby has been a victim of this dangerous drug, evaluate your legal options by speaking with a lawyer from Williams Hart. You may reach us anytime at (713) 352-7071.

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