A 37-year-old member asked:
how often do babies with downs syndrome also have problems with vsd?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Michael Coogan answered
48 years experience Pediatrics
Fairly often: About 50% of children with Down syndrome have heart defects. The commonest is atrioventricular septal defect (av canal). Next most common is ventricular septal defect (vsd) then isolated secundum atrial septal defect (asd), patent ductus arteriosus (pda) and tetralogy of fallot (tof). Most of these defects can be helped or cured by surgery.
Answered on Apr 14, 2015
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz answered
39 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Often: Depending which type. For the northwestern university av canal series 86% had down's syndrome. For other vsd series, non avcanal, 22% had down's.
Answered on Mar 28, 2012
Dr. Barton Cook answered
31 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
50%: About half of babies with Down syndrome will have congenital heart disease. The majority will have atrioventricular septal defect, aka av canal or endocardial cushion defect.
Answered on Feb 18, 2015
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