Survey of PDA management in very low birth weight infants across Italy

On the behalf of the Italian Study Group of Neonatal Cardiology of the Italian Society of Neonatology

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BACKGROUND: The optimal management of PDA in very low birth weight (VLBW) infants is still controversial. Aim of our study was to investigate the management of PDA in the Italian neonatal intensive care units (NICU). METHODS: We conducted an on-line survey study from June to September 2017. A 50-items questionnaire was developed by the Italian Neonatal Cardiology Study Group and was sent to Italian NICUs. RESULTS: The overall response rate was 72%. Diagnosis of PDA was done by neonatologists, cardiologists or both (62, 12 and 28% respectively). PDA significance was assessed by a comprehensive approach in all centers, although we found a heterogeneous combination of parameters and cut-offs used. None used prophylactic treatment. 19% of centers treated PDA in the first 24 h, 60% after the first 24 h, following screening echocardiography or clinical symptoms, 18% after the first 72 h and 2% after the first week. In the first course of treatment ibuprofen, indomethacin and paracetamol were used in 87, 6 and 7% of centers respectively. Median of surgical ligation was 3% (1-6%). CONCLUSIONS: Significant variations exist in the management of PDA in Italy. Conservative strategy and targeted treatment to infants older than 24 h with echocardiographic signs of hemodynamic significance seemed to be the most adopted approach.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalItalian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 14 2020


  • Neonatologist performed echocardiography
  • PDA management
  • Preterm infants
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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