Your child had a procedure to fix either an atrial septal defect (ASD) or patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). The doctor did this by putting a thin tube called a catheter into the heart through a blood vessel in the groin.
Your child may have a bruise or a small lump where the catheter was put in (the catheter site). The area may feel sore for a day or two after the procedure. Your child may need more sleep than usual for a few days.
Most children are healthy and live normal lives after treatment for PDA or ASD. Your child will need regular checkups.
This care sheet gives you a
general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. But each
child recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child
get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all
appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also
a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines
your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example,
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek
immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be
sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if your child has any problems.
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Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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