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My son (age 15) just had a physical and a heart mumur - he had a electrocardiogram and found patent foramen ovale - should he have surgery to close?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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In brief: Depends

A patent formen ovale is usually asymptomatic and does not require treatment, however, the issue needs to be assessed by a cardiologist to ensure that there is no other cardiac anomaly.
See this site for more information. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002102/.

In brief: Depends

A patent formen ovale is usually asymptomatic and does not require treatment, however, the issue needs to be assessed by a cardiologist to ensure that there is no other cardiac anomaly.
See this site for more information. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002102/.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Not necessarily

Even if he is extremely healthy, go see a pediatric cardiologist.
They will do a 2d echocardiogram which will answer your questions.

In brief: Not necessarily

Even if he is extremely healthy, go see a pediatric cardiologist.
They will do a 2d echocardiogram which will answer your questions.
Dr. Troy Reyna
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