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Doctor insights on: Supracristal Ventricular Septal Defect

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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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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