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What is a secundum atrial septal defect?
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Dr. Shalabh Bansal
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: ASD
An atrial septal defect is a common congenital geart defect.
It is a hole in the atrial septum - the wall between the left and right atrium. This lets blood flow from the left into right atrium (usually). If not caught at an early age, it results in excessive blood to right side of heart and lungs. Fixed with surgery (sutyred closed) or with a umbrella like device via cath.

In brief: ASD
An atrial septal defect is a common congenital geart defect.
It is a hole in the atrial septum - the wall between the left and right atrium. This lets blood flow from the left into right atrium (usually). If not caught at an early age, it results in excessive blood to right side of heart and lungs. Fixed with surgery (sutyred closed) or with a umbrella like device via cath.
Dr. Shalabh Bansal
Dr. Shalabh Bansal
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Good explanation but image shows VSD.
Dr. Shalabh Bansal
Thank you - unfortunately, I am not controlling the images. I did not add any... and it auto added after submitting.
Dr. Mark Rasak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: A communication
A communication between the right and left atrium is called a atrial septal defect.
Its a congential defect. The secundum type is in the middle of the septum and easily fixed with surgery or catheters.

In brief: A communication
A communication between the right and left atrium is called a atrial septal defect.
Its a congential defect. The secundum type is in the middle of the septum and easily fixed with surgery or catheters.
Dr. Mark Rasak
Dr. Mark Rasak
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Dr. Adam Lowry
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Hole between atria
A secundum atrial septal defect is the most common of the 4 types of atrial septal defects.
This occurs when a hole develops in the tissue separating the l and r collecting chambers of the heart. Some small and moderate sized secundum asds will close in time in children, but larger ones, and ones that persist to adulthood, often require surgical or catheter-based closure.

In brief: Hole between atria
A secundum atrial septal defect is the most common of the 4 types of atrial septal defects.
This occurs when a hole develops in the tissue separating the l and r collecting chambers of the heart. Some small and moderate sized secundum asds will close in time in children, but larger ones, and ones that persist to adulthood, often require surgical or catheter-based closure.
Dr. Adam Lowry
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Dr. Joshua Murphy
Pediatrics - Cardiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: ASD, A hole...
A secundum atrial septal defect (ASD) is a hole between the upper two chambers of the heart.
Small hole are followed, monitored to determine if the heart is becoming dilated due to the extra work. Most secundum asds can be closed in the pediatric or adult cath lab using a amplatzer or gore septal occluder. Open heart surgery is required in a small percentage of patients.

In brief: ASD, A hole...
A secundum atrial septal defect (ASD) is a hole between the upper two chambers of the heart.
Small hole are followed, monitored to determine if the heart is becoming dilated due to the extra work. Most secundum asds can be closed in the pediatric or adult cath lab using a amplatzer or gore septal occluder. Open heart surgery is required in a small percentage of patients.
Dr. Joshua Murphy
Dr. Joshua Murphy
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Ostium secundum ASD
See image. Agree with other doctors' answers but a picture is worth a 1000 words sometimes.

In brief: Ostium secundum ASD
See image. Agree with other doctors' answers but a picture is worth a 1000 words sometimes.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Asd
There are many interventional devices on the market to close defects between the the filling chambers of the heart.
Surgery is rarely needed.

In brief: Asd
There are many interventional devices on the market to close defects between the the filling chambers of the heart.
Surgery is rarely needed.
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Dr. Matthias Peuster
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