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Congenital Heart Defects Preterm Neonatal Complication Pneumonia
Some: A bicuspid aortic valve or a prolapsing mitral valve are present from birth. Many other heart valve abnormalities are acquired, either through scarring from infection, calcium deposition, or mal-apposition due to dilatation of cardiac chambers, among other things. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sure..: Unfortunately, the prenatal ultrasound detection rate for fetal cardiac defects is variable between 15-70% among centers, with the largest ones having the best results. As you can tell, short of having a fetal echo, the routine prenatal ultrasound (or even a comprehensive/targeted one) can miss even major cardiac defects in 30-85% of cases.. Take Folic Acid to prevent heart defects in you fetus! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: Fetal pyelectasis refers to borderline prominence of the renal collecting system and is defined as >4 mm by 20 weeks; >7 mm between 20-30 weeks and >8 mm after 30 weeks. It is seen in 3% of all pregnancies associated with polyhydramnios and diabetes mellitus. It is a very weak marker of increased risk for fetal down syndrome but never causes mortal risk. Neonatal follow-up is required! ...Read more
Depends on variables: There are a few syndromes with high frequency of specific heart defects that can have inheritance risk up to 50%. Most, however, are part of a complex inheritance pattern with around 5% risk.This 5% would include any pattern of congenital heart defect, not necessarily the same one. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would a person with neonate repaired patent ductus arteriosus be at greater risk for heart damage or heart disease due to the congenital defect?
Hardly: Not to worry you , but even some very, very good surgeons have mistaken a wrong blood vessel for the PDA and ligated it instead. This includes the left pulmonary artery and even the descending aorta. Fortunately this is extremely rare. Other than that, there is basically no further risk of damage or disease. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Rarely in utero.: Even severe fetal cardiac defects rarely cause fetal hydrops or heart failure. On the other hand, many severe defects can present as florid cardiac failure in the nursery or the first few days/weeks of life and prompt expert care is mandatory. See: http://texaschildrens.Org/locate/doctors/ayres, -nancy/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fontan Procedure: The fontan is a surgery that connects the inferior venacava (ivc) to the pulmonary arteries. The fontan is the final surgery for patients who have a single ventricle or single ventricle physiology. This means that the blue blood, desaturated blood retruning to the heart is directed to the lungs without being pumped through the heart. ...Read more
How rare are fatal complications for mothers when delivering a baby? Examples including amniotic embolism.
Maternal death: 37 F asks: How rare are fatal complications for mothers when delivering a baby? Examples including amniotic embolism. ANS: rare but this depends on age, ethnicity, social class, access to prenatal care and past history of preg complications. So share you question with your Drs and discuss with them. Let us know what they say. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Yes: I'll presume the three are causally related. The heart defect is likely on the tricuspid valve or a septal division of the heart leading blood from the right side of the heart to the lungs. A damaged valve causes turbulent flow and is prone to allow bacteria to settle on valve causing infection-endocarditis. When this growth gets loose, a piece may end up in lung-embolism. Yes, this may recur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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