BACKGROUND: Optimal management of the patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in preterm infants remains controversial. Therefore, studies identifying infants who are most likely to benefit from PDA treatment are needed.
AIM: We sought to examine if significant intrauterine growth restriction, defined by birth weight z-score, reduces the efficacy of PDA closure with indomethacin or ibuprofen and thereby increases the need for surgical closure of PDA after pharmacologic treatment.
STUDY DESIGN, SUBJECTS, AND OUTCOME MEASURES: We studied infants 23-28weeks' gestation born 2006-2013 at NICHD Neonatal Research Network centers. We examined the responses to PDA treatment with indomethacin and/or ibuprofen and whether the PDA was subsequently closed surgically. Logistic regression generated adjusted odds ratios (ORs) for the associations between the z-score groups (<-2, -2 to -0.5, and >-0.5) and PDA surgery following pharmacologic treatment.
RESULTS: 5606 infants were diagnosed with PDA; 3587 (64.0%) received indomethacin or ibuprofen or both, and 909 (25.3%) underwent PDA surgery. Mothers of infants with PDA non-closure were less likely to have hypertension (19% vs. 28%). Infants with non-closure were more likely to be female (53% vs. 49%), have lower gestational age and birth weight and to develop sepsis (42% vs. 31%). Compared to infants with z-score>-0.5, PDA surgery was increased among infants with z-score -2 to -0.5 (OR=1.23; 95% CI 1.02-1.47) but not among infants with z-score<-2.
CONCLUSION: Infants with birth weight z-score -2 to -0.5 are more likely than normally grown infants to require PDA surgery following pharmacologic treatment.