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Can unexplained blue skin be caused by ventricular septal defects?

Can unexplained blue skin be caused by ventricular septal defects?

Rarely: A large vsd that is untreated can lead to the development of pulmonary hypertension during childhood. It worsens over time and ultimately results in shunting of blood from the right ventricle through the vsd into the aorta and causing cyanosis (blue skin). ...Read more

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Dr. Barton Cook
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Ventricular Septal Defect (Definition)

A heart defect due to an abnormal connection between the lower chambers ...Read more


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Are there better and newer treatments for ventricular septal defects?

Are there better and newer treatments for ventricular septal defects?

Improved outcomes: Typically, if your child requires closure of his/her vsd, the proper therapy is open heart surgery. However, the outcomes of surgery are better than in the past, with safer anesthesia, improved cardiopulmonary bypass, better critical care, and less morbidity. It is not typical for catheter-based closure to be appropriate for vsds in children. ...Read more

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What are the tests for ventricular septal defect?

What are the tests for ventricular septal defect?

Several tests. : There are several tests: physical exam, cxr, ekg, echocardiogram and catheterization. Really the best test is an echocardiogram (with a good physical exam); this should give all the necessary information about the vsd and help guide treatment. Vsds tend to close on their own over time but if they don't and cause symptoms, an operation may be required (usually with excellent outcomes). ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of having a ventricular septal defect?

What is the symptoms of having a ventricular septal defect?

Depends on size: Many vsds are mild and close on their own. Some are quite big and need surgery to repair them. Symptoms can be nothing to fatigue from shunting blood the wrong way. There is usually a loud heart murmur but that does not cause symptoms alone. A cardiologist can provide more information for the specific patient. ...Read more

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Is ventricular septal defect waiverable for military service?

Is ventricular septal defect waiverable for military service?

VSD and military: Contact the military physician office or local recruiter to find out this answer. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an atrio-ventricular septal defect?

What sort of problem is an atrio-ventricular septal defect?

Complex ASD/VSD: Also known as an av canal, atrio-ventricular septal defectt is a type of congenital heart defect. There is a an ASD and vsd together creating a defect 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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When is surgery indicated for ?A ventricular septal defect?

When is surgery indicated for ?A ventricular septal defect?

Variable: A small vsd may close spontaneously as a baby grows or the babies system may decompensate under the strain of the extra work & progress to heart failure. Many times this can be managed for a time with meds. If baby is thriving on meds & close observation, they may wait before repairing the defect.This decision is made by the surgeon & pedi-cardiologist based on individual factors. ...Read more

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Ventricular septal defect repair--when is it done in a baby?

Ventricular septal defect repair--when is it done in a baby?

VSD: It depends on the severity is the best answer. If the defect is small often it is left to close on its own which may happen. However, if the defect is large then it may be closed sooner than later in order to prevent complications. ...Read more

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What will be done for a ?Child with Down syndrome and ventricular septal defect ?

What will be done for a ?Child with Down syndrome and ventricular septal defect ?

Repair the defect : The approach to and reasons for repair for a ds kid is the same as for any other. The projected lifespan of a ds child with proper medical care for their main problems is >60 years. With holding care from such a child would violate federal "baby doe" statutes and place the licenses of any personnel involved at risk. Child & family services of the involved state would also become involved. ...Read more

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I want to know what the future holds for a child with Down syndrome and ventricular septal defect ?

I want to know what the future holds for a child with Down syndrome and ventricular septal defect ?

Varies: As one of the less complex heart defects in ds this is usually amenable to the same repair procedures as any other kid with a vsd.After repair, it does not have a significant impact on the ds projected lifespan of >60 yrs. ...Read more

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I have a ventricular septal defect (vsd). Is it dangerous, and will my baby have the same condition?

I have a ventricular septal defect (vsd). Is it dangerous, and will my baby have the same condition?

Get records to know: Women who have a congenital heart defect surprisingly may know little about it. In some cases there are few symptoms between infancy and the time they get pregnant. They should ask their parents for information, get records from all their doctors and from any hospitalizations including when they were born, and see their cardiologist and an OB specialist about risk before trying to conceive (ttc). ...Read more

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What kinds of doctors will be involved in caring for a child with a large?Ventricular septal defect?

What kinds of doctors will be involved in caring for a child with a large?Ventricular septal defect?

Cardio/surgeon: You will, at a minimum, need the care of a pediatric cardiologist and a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What exactly is ventricular septal defect?

A hole in the heart: A ventricular septal defect is one of the most common forms of congenital heart disease, and it consists of a hole in the muscular septum that separates the right and left ventricles (lower pumping chambers). The size and location of the hole determines whether or not surgery is necessary to fix the defect. In many instances, a vsd may spontaneously close without the need for an operation. ...Read more

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How do you treat a ?Ventricular septal defect?

How do you treat a ?Ventricular septal defect?

No u: Depending on the size, sometimes a vsd will close on its own. Other times a patch or surgery is required. ...Read more

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Ventricular septal defect repair is done by whom?

VSD repair: Generally a vsd will be repaired by pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the signs of?A ventricular septal defect?

What are the signs of?A ventricular septal defect?

VSD: A vsd is a hole between the bottom two pumping chambers of the heart. Symptoms are usually based on age and size. A young infant born with a large vsd can progressive to congestive heart failure. The right ventricle receives extra blood flow from the left and sends it to the lungs resulting in fluid overload. Some medications used are Lasix (furosemide) to manage medically as infant gains weight before surgery. ...Read more

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What symptoms are associated with a ventricular septal defect?

Depends: Small vsds cause no symptoms. Large vsds in babies cause difficulty with feeding, gaining weight, and excessive sweating. If someone has a relatively large vsd that is not treated early in life, this will eventually cause pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lung arteries), which makes it hard for blood to get throught the lungs. This eventually causes the patient to turn blue. ...Read more

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How risky is it for a child with a ventricular septal defect ?

VSD: A vsd or ventricular septal defect is a communication between the bottom two pumping chambers of the heart. It can vary by size and location. A large vsd will result in excess blood flow to lungs and pulmonary edema and eventual congestive heart failure. This usually presents by 3-6 months of age. Please speak to your pediatric cardiologist about any questions and/or concern. ...Read more

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