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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has atrioventricular septal defect?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has atrioventricular septal defect?

Congenital defect: Also known as an av canal, it is a type of congenital heart defect. There is a an ASD and vsd together creating a defect (hole) in the center of the heart. There is also one common av valve , rather than 2 distinct valves (mitral and tricuspid valves). It is commonly but not necessarily associated with down syndrome. Surgical repair is required in infancy. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Humes
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Endocardial Cushion Defects (Definition)

Endocardial cushion defects, more commonly known as atrioventricular (AV) canal or septal defects, include a range of defects characterized by involvement of the atrial septum, the ventricular septum, and one or both of the AV valves. A complete AV septal defect indicates the presence of both atrial and ventricular septal defects with ...Read more


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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has atrioventricular septal defect?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a boy has atrioventricular septal defect?

AV canal: Atrioventricular canal is a very complex congenital endocardial cushion defect that consist of a primum atrial septal defect and a av canal type of ventricular septal defect. May be associated with a cleft mitral valve. Surgical repair is the treatment. The timing will depend on severity of shunting, the presence or absence of a concomitant right ventricular outflow obstruction and other factors. ...Read more

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What can cause an ?Atrioventricular septal defect?

Endocardial cushion : Its a congenital endocardial cushion defect resulting on an inlet type of vsd, a cleft mitral valve, and an ostium primum asd. Fairly common in down's syndrome but may occur spontaneously in non down's. ...Read more

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Why is atrioventricular septal defect common? With down's syndrome?

Why is atrioventricular septal defect common? With down's syndrome?

Chromosomal abnormal: The association of atrial septal defect with Down Syndrome is part of the constellation of body abnormalities that characterize it. ...Read more

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What ?Surgeons fix a ?Complete atrioventricular septal defect?

Pediatric Cardiac: A thoracic surgeon with experience in congenital cardiac surgery. Usually in pediatric hospitals. ...Read more

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Do babies always have surgery for an atrioventricular septal defect ?

Do babies always have surgery for an atrioventricular septal defect ?

Yes: If not repaired in a timely fashion, eisenmenger syndrome develops and subsequent death. ...Read more

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What is the most effective surgeon for complete atrioventricular septal defect?

Septal repair: Cardiovascular Surgeons are those trained to perform these procedures. There are Pediatric CV surgeons as well as Adult CV surgeons. You want one who is experienced in that particular procedure which is not an every day condition. ...Read more

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What are the tests for atrioventricular septal defect?

What are the tests for atrioventricular septal defect?

ECHO,CATH: Also known as a-v canal vsd:transesophageal echocardiogram, surface echocardiogram, cardiac mra, cardiac catheterization, oxymetry and ventriculography. ...Read more

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What's the safest way to treat atrioventricular septal defect?

Easier method: If it needs to be treated most can be closed with an umbrella like device which is implanted to close the hole. This is done by going through your vein using a catheter, thus avoiding open heart surgery. ...Read more

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How come atrioventricular septal defect so common in children with down's syndrome?

How come atrioventricular septal defect so common in children with down's syndrome?

Unknown: The heart is a very complex organ. We still do not fully understand how the normal heart develops in the fetus. We understand even less about what causes the heart to develop abnormally. ...Read more

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My new born baby has discover with atrioventricular septal defect (avsd). What caused this?

My new born baby has discover with atrioventricular septal defect (avsd). What caused this?

Unknown: The heart is a very complex organ. We still do not fully understand how the normal heart develops in the fetus. We understand even less about what causes the heart to develop abnormally. There are multiple genetic and environmental factors involved. But rest assured, nothing you did caused this heart defect and nothing you could have done would have prevented it. ...Read more

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What are causes of atrioventricular septal defect?

What are causes of atrioventricular septal defect?

Unknown: The heart is a very complex organ. We still do not fully understand how the normal heart develops in the fetus. We understand even less about what causes the heart to develop abnormally. It is likely that there are multiple genetic and environmental factors that contribute to abnormal cardiac development. ...Read more

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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has cerebral palsy?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has cerebral palsy?

Difficulty Moving: Cerbral palsy is caused by injury to the areas of the brain that control movement. It can range from a child with weakness in one arm to someone who cannot control there arms or legs. A child may require equipment to walk or be wheelchair bound. It may be accompanied by mental retardation. Typical causes include injury before or after birth, prematurity or asphyxiation. ...Read more

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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has norwalk virus infections?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has norwalk virus infections?

She'll get better: Norwalk virus is a cause of self-limited non-inflammatory diarrhea. If someone has persistent symptoms or multiple infections you may want to look carefully for another cause. ...Read more

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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has pyloric stenosis?

My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has pyloric stenosis?

Unusual but...: Also occurs in girls. Only one significant difference will be that the offspring from an affected girl has 25 percent chance to develop pyloric stenosis. ...Read more

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Could the oxygenation of my brain affected before asd(atrial septal defect)closure?

Could the oxygenation of my brain affected before asd(atrial septal defect)closure?

Not usually: An ASD does not generally affect oxygen delivery to the brain (or the rest of the body). The only exception would be in the setting of severe pulmonary artery hypertension in which low oxygenated blood can flow from the right atrium into the left atrium and be pumped to the body. ...Read more

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Can having a ventricular septal defect correction operation (patch applied) in 1989, cause demyelination in my brain after? If so, how does it?

Can having a ventricular septal defect correction operation (patch applied) in 1989, cause demyelination in my brain after? If so, how does it?

Separate problems: If you had successful vsd surgery and no problems afterwards, then this is unrelated. Brain injury can occur during surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass but typically these effects present differently than you describe and are not typical after vsd surgery. ...Read more

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