Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Ductus Redux

Miles continues to motor along on his 4th straight day off CPAP. And yesterday he weighed in at 3 lbs. 10 oz., marking the gain of his first full pound since birth. Congratulations, Miles!

So what's the catch? Well, over the last week, the nurses have reported that Miles' heart murmur is getting more pronounced, and yesterday an EKG showed that his PDA (patent ductus arteriosis) is back and getting larger. This essentially means that his heart is not pumping as efficiently as it should because blood flow is being diverted through the PDA. This in turn can cause digestive complications, among other things, although Miles' digestion has been fine so far. More info:


Since earlier efforts to close the PDA using medication have apparently not been successful, a ligation procedure will be necessary. It's not scheduled yet, but it will occur by the end of the week.

Although we're obviously concerned about Miles' having to go through this, we are reassured that the surgery is considered relatively routine, and hopefully will not knock him off stride for more than a couple of days. He certainly looks and acts much stronger than he did ten days ago, when the question was last under consideration.

So, we'll just keep our fingers crossed that everything goes well. Watch this space for further updates.


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