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Doctor insights on: Foramen Ovale Fetus

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Do foramen ovale and ductus arteriosis close after birth?

Do foramen ovale and ductus arteriosis close after birth?

Yes: They typically close immediately after birth. If not, your doctor may have to give the child medicine to close it, or surgery, depending on the problem and whether it works or now. ...Read more

Foramen Ovale (Definition)

Foramen ovale is one of the physiological shunts in the fetal heart between right and left atrium. It closes shortly after newborn period, when systemic blood pressure rises and takes over the pulmonary pressure and aorta begins to supply the majority of the body with the more oxygenated blood from the left ventricle, in contrast to the fetal circulation, where main blood supply ...Read more


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Is there a ?Difference between a?Patent foramen ovale and?A patent ductus arteriosus?

Is there a ?Difference between a?Patent foramen ovale and?A patent ductus arteriosus?

Yes: A patent foramen ovale (pfo) and patent ductus arteriosus (pda) are conditions that allow fetal circulation to flow. Once the infant is born different blood flow patterns are required to oxygenate the blood. The closing off of the pfo and PDA allow the blood flow to assume the normal post natal pattern. ...Read more

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How is PFO (patent foramen ovale) treated?

How is PFO (patent foramen ovale) treated?

PFO: Patent foramen ovale or pfo is a congenital remnant which normally closes at birth but for several reasons can open later in life. Blood or clots can travel across and if they do, the opening should be closed. It can be closed either surgically or by a catheter based procedure. ...Read more

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Do the foramen ovale and ductus arteriosis completely close?

Do the foramen ovale and ductus arteriosis completely close?

Usually: Both the foramen ovale and the ductus arteriosus normally close shortly after birth. If the ductus arteriosus does not close, doctors can use medications or other techniques to close it. The foramen ovale is not always closed as long as the patient is not experiencing any problems. ...Read more

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Whats a patent foramen ovale?

Whats a patent foramen ovale?

Small heart opening: It is an opening in the wall between the upper chambers of the heart that allows blood from the placenta to get to where it needs to go during fetal life. All babies are born with this. It usually closes after birth, but 20% of all adults still have this. It is normal, though it has been associated with stroke, migraine headach, and decompression illness in scuba divers. ...Read more

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What does small patent foramen ovale with noted bidirectional shunt mean?

What does small patent foramen ovale with noted bidirectional shunt mean?

PFO: The patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a small communication between the right and left upper chambers of your heart. It is needed for oxygenation when you're fetus. Sometimes it doesn't close. It is thought to be present in ~20 to 30% of the population. The shunt means they can see the passage of blood through it. This small hole is inconsequential and USUALLY requires no further testing or treatment. ...Read more

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Will PDA (patent ductus arteriosus) help with TOF (tetralogy of fallot)?

Will PDA (patent ductus arteriosus) help with TOF (tetralogy of fallot)?

Sometimes: In Tetralogy of Falot, blood flow to the lungs may be restricted. As there are various degrees of restriction, there may be a need for more blood flow to the lungs. This situation may be helped by maintaining an open PDA. However if the pulmonary valve restriction is not severe, then an open PDA is not necessary. The cardiologist can draw this out for you. ...Read more

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Please list patent foramen ovale symptoms?

Please list patent foramen ovale symptoms?

Usually none: About 20% of all adults have pfo. Most people never have symptoms. Pagtent foramen ovale has been associated with cryptogenic stroke (a stroke thought to come from a small clot passing across the pfo from the right side of the heart to the left), migraine headaches, and decompression illness in scuba divers. ...Read more

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Is a PDA (patent ductus arteriosus) considered a chd (congenital heart defect)..?

Is a PDA (patent ductus arteriosus) considered a chd (congenital heart defect)..?

Yes: Yes - if it persists then it would qualify as chd and if it is audible in a child past infancy then it would ordinarily be closed in the cathetization laboratory. ...Read more

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Who gets patent ductus arteriosus treatment?

Who gets patent ductus arteriosus treatment?

Anyone may need it: Patent ductus arteriosus (pda) is a normal fetal anatomic connection between the pulmonary artery and aorta that allows blood to bypass the lungs. Because fetuses don't use their lungs to exchange co2 and oxygen (due to a placenta), they do not require much blood flow to the lungs. The PDA normally closes soon after birth as babies start breathing, but can remain open in any infant (esp. Premies). ...Read more

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Can a patent ductus arteriosus cause heart murmur?

Can a patent ductus arteriosus cause heart murmur?

Yes: Many patients with patent ductus arteriosus (pda) will have a murmur, and that murmur is often described as machinery or continuous. ...Read more

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What is a patent foramen ovale?

A hole in the heart: A patent foramen ovale (pfo) is a necessary hole between two upper chambers of the heart. This hole allows fetal blood circulation to occurr. Once the baby is born, circulation changes, the hole closes to allow normal post natal human circulatuin pathway. It remains open in a small number of patients and is usually asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Does a PFO (patent foramen ovale) ever cause a heart murmur ?

Does a PFO (patent foramen ovale) ever cause a heart murmur ?

NO: A pfo is a small communication between the two upper chambers of the heart and usually it does not cause a murmur. Now if the hole is bigger it may be an atrial septal defect (ASD) which would cause a murmur. So unless it's an ASD and erroneously called a pfo, it should not cause a murmur. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between atrial septal defect and patent ductus arteriosus?

Is there a connection between atrial septal defect and patent ductus arteriosus?

To a degree: Both are congenital development defects. Atrial septum should seal and patent ductus should close after birth. When identified in infancy they are quite treatable. Also later but preferably as early as possible fir most. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a patent foramen ovale and atrial septum defect?

What is the difference between a patent foramen ovale and atrial septum defect?

Different: Patent foramen ovale is a temporary natural opening between two atria that allows fetal circulation to occur. Once born it closes spontaneously. An atrial septal defect is an abnormal opening between two atria that occurs due to incomplete formation of the atrial wall. It does not close spontaneously usually and may need surgery if it causes significant flow issues. ...Read more

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Does patent foramen ovale cause right ventricular hypertrophy? If so why?

ASD=RV volume load: This may be a matter of semantics/terminology. Sometimes, patients with an atrial septal defect (ASD) are labeled as having a patent foramen ovale, as both lesions occur in the same spot. If there is an asd, there can be sufficient left-to-right shunting at the atrial level, resulting in rv volume overload, rv enlargement and rv hypertrophy. ...Read more

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How rare is patent ductus arteriosus repair in normal new babies?

Not rare: It is a fairly common surgery and very safe even in small premature infants. Should be done at appropriate facility (children's hospital) with an experienced pediatric cardiac surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the seriousness of ductus arteriosus/venosus and foramen ovale?

What is the seriousness of ductus arteriosus/venosus and foramen ovale?

Needs to be closed: Ductus arteriosus(PDA) is normal at birth and should close soon after. If persistant ,PDA is abnormal and may become a significant problem after few months of life. It should be evaluated by cardiologist and may be closed through a catheter and not require surgery. Foramen Ovale (Communication between R/ L upper chambers of heart) normal at birth and stays open in ~25% of people.Rarely a problem . ...Read more