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What is the disorder of a babys foramen ovale not closing at birth?

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Dr. Robert Lim
Family Medicine
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In brief: Foramen ovale

The foramen ovale generally closes around birth, when the blood circulation of the baby converts to that without the placental blood flow and the lungs start to work.
The condition wherein the foramen ovale does not close is a patent foramen ovale, and causes mixing of oxygenated and non-oxygenated blood in the arterial system. This can cause fatigue, weakness and cyanosis in severe cases.

In brief: Foramen ovale

The foramen ovale generally closes around birth, when the blood circulation of the baby converts to that without the placental blood flow and the lungs start to work.
The condition wherein the foramen ovale does not close is a patent foramen ovale, and causes mixing of oxygenated and non-oxygenated blood in the arterial system. This can cause fatigue, weakness and cyanosis in severe cases.
Dr. Robert Lim
Dr. Robert Lim
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: PFO

The patent foramen ovale is not necessarily a significant problem. It closes after birth when the pressures generated in the heart shift.
The FO can remain open but covered with a skin flap that is closed normally by higher left side pressures but could open.Most go thru life never knowing it. However, since it can open if right side pressure goes up, docs know it can cause occasional problems.

In brief: PFO

The patent foramen ovale is not necessarily a significant problem. It closes after birth when the pressures generated in the heart shift.
The FO can remain open but covered with a skin flap that is closed normally by higher left side pressures but could open.Most go thru life never knowing it. However, since it can open if right side pressure goes up, docs know it can cause occasional problems.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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