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Survey of management of patent ductus arteriosus in neonatal units across England
  1. Anay Kulkarni,
  2. Justin Richards,
  3. Donovan Duffy
  1. Department of Neonatology, St George's Hospital NHS Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anay Kulkarni, Department of Neonatology, St George's Hospital NHS Trust, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0QT, UK; kulkarni_anay{at}

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We read with great interest the review ‘Patent ductus arteriosus: time to grasp the nettle’1 which highlighted the controversies in PDA management and variation in management. Evidence to support the routine closure of the ductus arteriosus to improve neonatal morbidity remains inconclusive.1 We recently conducted a survey on PDA management in neonatal units across England to understand current clinical practice.

A structured questionnaire (as shown in table 1) was emailed with an online hyperlink to consultant neonatologists working in tertiary neonatal units in England. The survey was conducted from August 2012 to November 2012.

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Survey questions

The response rate was 75%. The majority (68%) of neonatologists felt that a symptomatic strategy best describes their …

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  • Contributors All authors contributed to the survey.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.