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A 34-year-old male asked:

My 14 week old daughter had an avsd open heart surgery repair which went well. now has a red rash around her scar. what could this reddening be?

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 20 years experience
Depends: It could be just a wound reaction or the process of wound healing, but it could also be an infection. Have the surgeon check it out because and infection could be very dangerous.
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Cardiac Surgeon: Ask your cardiac surgeon. Without actually examining your daughter nobody can especulate a diagnosis.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 52 years experience
I'm glad her repair: Went well. Do have one of her doctors check to make sure it's not a staph infection around the wound. It could be something simple, like a reaction to tape, but don't hesitate to get it checked out. If you start early intervention as " early prevention" when her sternotomy scar heals, you'll learn how to promote her development as you & she recover from the surgery & hospital stay.
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatric Cardiology 18 years experience
Multiple Causes: This depends on when the surgery was done. Reddening could be a sign of infection. It could also be part of the normal healing, or simply an irritant rash. Please review this with your child's cardiologist.
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Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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