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Are people with open asd more likely to get sick?
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possibly
This depends on the size of the asd, age of the patient, and whether the ASD has been repaired.
Small asds may have no effect while a large ASD that has been left untreated for a long time (e.g. 4o years etc) can certainly lead to more illnesses.

In brief: Possibly
This depends on the size of the asd, age of the patient, and whether the ASD has been repaired.
Small asds may have no effect while a large ASD that has been left untreated for a long time (e.g. 4o years etc) can certainly lead to more illnesses.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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In brief: Possibly
Unlikely to be a measurable difference except for bacterial endocarditis paradoxical, embolism, and if large late heart failure.

In brief: Possibly
Unlikely to be a measurable difference except for bacterial endocarditis paradoxical, embolism, and if large late heart failure.
Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Not with common illnesses if it was determined it did not need closure.
Dr. William Scott
Pediatrics - Cardiology
In brief: No
An ASD rarely causes any symptoms in children.
It does not affect the ability of the body to fight infection.

In brief: No
An ASD rarely causes any symptoms in children.
It does not affect the ability of the body to fight infection.
Dr. William Scott
Dr. William Scott
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