Idiopathic constriction of the fetal ductus arteriosus: three cases and review of the literature

J Ultrasound Med. 2012 Aug;31(8):1285-91. doi: 10.7863/jum.2012.31.8.1285.


Premature constriction or closure of the ductus arteriosus can occur during fetal life. It is a rare phenomenon and has been described secondary to medication or structural lesions or as idiopathic constriction. Premature closure of the ductus arteriosus can lead to progressive right heart dysfunction with tricuspid regurgitation, congestive heart failure, fetal hydrops, and intrauterine death. This series describes diagnosis of fetal ductus arteriosus constriction of unknown etiology in 3 cases, prenatal management, and outcomes. Constriction of the ductus arteriosus can be diagnosed prenatally with careful interrogation of the ductal arch using pulsed Doppler sonography and complete fetal echocardiography. Close monitoring is mandatory to rule out development of right heart failure and to determine the intervention time.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Constriction, Pathologic / diagnostic imaging
  • Constriction, Pathologic / pathology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Ductus Arteriosus / diagnostic imaging*
  • Ductus Arteriosus / pathology
  • Echocardiography
  • Female
  • Fetal Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Fetal Diseases / pathology
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal*