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The doctor said that my child has an "innocent murmur, " is there any chance that this is an asd?

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Dr. William Scott
Pediatrics - Cardiology
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In brief: Yes

Most commonly an ASD can be distinguished from an innocent murmur by listening alone.
There are rare exceptions.

In brief: Yes

Most commonly an ASD can be distinguished from an innocent murmur by listening alone.
There are rare exceptions.
Dr. William Scott
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Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: Asd

If he did an echocardiogram no there is no chance, if he only listened there's a very small chance a cardiologist may miss a small ASD

In brief: Asd

If he did an echocardiogram no there is no chance, if he only listened there's a very small chance a cardiologist may miss a small ASD
Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: Possible but...

An innocent murmur is by definition "innocent".
But we (doctor's) are human and mistakes can be made. However, diagnosing an ASD in a child is generally not an emergency. Many, many children have innocent murmurs. Though a significant ASD may sound "innocent" early in age, the murmur and other heart sounds will change over time. If your pediatrician remains concerned then you can be referred.

In brief: Possible but...

An innocent murmur is by definition "innocent".
But we (doctor's) are human and mistakes can be made. However, diagnosing an ASD in a child is generally not an emergency. Many, many children have innocent murmurs. Though a significant ASD may sound "innocent" early in age, the murmur and other heart sounds will change over time. If your pediatrician remains concerned then you can be referred.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends

The ASD is often diagnosed clinically by a fixed splitting of heart sounds rather than a murmur. Most of what are lumped into the term innocent murmurs are not caused by any structural heart problem. The most common has a twanging string noise like a base fiddle, but there are others.
If the issue bothers you a echocardiogram could confirm the dx.

In brief: Depends

The ASD is often diagnosed clinically by a fixed splitting of heart sounds rather than a murmur. Most of what are lumped into the term innocent murmurs are not caused by any structural heart problem. The most common has a twanging string noise like a base fiddle, but there are others.
If the issue bothers you a echocardiogram could confirm the dx.
Dr. James Ferguson
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