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Smoked Pregnancy Asd
If I smoked weed during the pregnancy, does this mean there is a higher chance of my child having an asd?
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Have PFO or ASD and trying to get pregnant. Should I be tested for clotting abnormalities? Which ones? Before pregnancy or once I'm already pregnant?
There are two : Traditionally an ASD is closed with a surgical procedure. The hole can be sutured primarily or may require a patch to be sewn over the hole. Current surgical advances include the use of a mini sternotomy resulting in a smaller scar on the chest. Many asds can be closed with a device delivered from the leg through the large veins of the body. The device has a very success rate and leaves no scar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Projected risk ~ 4% : The projected risk for any congenital heart defect ( all of them together) is ~4% after one. If either parent has or had a chd the projected risk increased to ~8% fpr subsequent pregnancies. Review of this issue as well as other family experiences with a genetic counselor can better define your individual risks with pregnancy. An estimated 4% of pregnancies have some unexpected issue (inclusive). ...Read more
No need to repair : There is no need to repair an ASD in neonates. In fact most asds in neonates and infants are rather small and will close by themselves. If asds are large and lead to a volhme load of the right ventricle they will be repaired after the 2nd year of life. We do that mostly as catheter procedures with less tan 30 minutes procedure time and less than 2 minutes of x ray under echocardiographic guidance. ...Read more
Not normal, but not: Uncommon. I have a grandson with autism who periodically does the same. Several of my patients with autism have been described as doing this by their parents as well. It is a rather creepy experience. Sometimes they just don't seem to be wired correctly. I have seen adult children with autism hit instead of saying thank you. Is very clear that they mean to say thank you, and they apologize afterwards, but somehow the feeling of aggression and thankfulness are somehow cross wired. I would like to hear the experience of my colleagues in this area as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The new dsm v does not include Asperger syndrome how will future people with this asd be treated ?
Likely no different: What will likely happen is that most with asperger's syndrome will be reclassified as autism spectrum disorder and hopefully most services will remain intact. It has always been somewhat diffficut for some with aspergers to get help if they are doing well academically and mainly have social difficulties. Schools base services on function in school and social difficulties often ignored. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ald asd level are 3x higher than normal level.I don't drink at all or eat high protein.Is there any way to lower them?
Unlikely: At that size they might watch it for a while in infancy to give it a chance. Yet, chances of it doing so are remote. Most would want it fixed prior to school age using a double mushroom device that could be inserted thru a catheter or occasionally by direct surgical repair.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer