Early Treatment Versus Delayed Conservative Treatment of the Patent Ductus Arteriosus


About this study

The primary goal of the trial is to compare two different Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) treatment approaches: 1) an "early treatment" approach or 2) a "conservative" approach. For the purposes of the study infants will be enrolled if they are delivered before 28 weeks gestation and have a moderate/large PDA present at 5-7 days after birth.

The hypothesis is: treatment of a moderate size patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) will decrease the time needed for assisted respiratory support, diuretic therapy, and gavage feeding assistance, in addition to decreasing the incidence of ductus ligations or need for future outpatient cardiology follow-up appointments. The investigators hypothesize that one or more of these benefits will occur without an increase in the time taken to achieve full enteral feedings or in the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) or spontaneous intestinal perforations (SIP).The investigators will be comparing the effectiveness of early pharmacologic treatment with a control group of conservatively managed infants who will only receive treatment if they meet specific criteria for "rescue treatment".

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Please contact the study team to discuss whether or not you are eligible to participate in a study.

Inclusion Criteria:

This will be a prospective randomized, multi-center, controlled trial that will enroll infants delivered between 23 & 0/7 - 27 & 6/7 weeks gestation:

  1. infants must be between 5-14 days old (if delivered between 23 and 0/7 - 25 and 6/7 weeks) or 7-14 days old (if delivered between 26 & 0/7 - 27 & 6/7 weeks) and
  2. have a "moderate size PDA" (defined as a PDA on echocardiogram that has at least one of the following criteria: internal ductus diameter ≥1.5 mm/kg (or PDA:LPA ratio ≥0.5), ductus flow velocity ≤2.5 m/s or mean pressure gradient across the ductus <8 mm, LA/Ao ratio ≥1.5, left pulmonary artery diastolic (or mean) flow velocity >0.2 (or >0.42) m/sec, respectively, and/or reversed diastolic flow in the descending aorta)(13, 68, 69) and
  3. are receiving respiratory support consisting of either mechanical ventilation, nasal CPAP, SiPAP, or nasal cannula flow ≥2 L/min.

Exclusion Criteria: 

  1. prior treatment with indomethacin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen
  2. contraindications for the use of indomethacin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen (these include: hydrocortisone administration within 24 hrs, urine output < 1 ml/kg/h during the preceding 8 h, serum creatinine level >1.6 mg/dl, platelet count <50, 000/mm3, abnormal coagulation studies, or total bilirubin concentration (in mg/dL) > 8 x weight (in kg))
  3. chromosomal anomalies
  4. congenital or acquired gastrointestinal anomalies
  5. prior episode of necrotizing enterocolitis or intestinal perforation

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

William Carey, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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