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They discovered a vsd in my 13yo daughter, is it normal to be found this late?

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Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

Should be heard during routine exams.
If the vsd is big it might not be picked up by auscultation but should have lead to symptoms much earlier.

In brief: Not really

Should be heard during routine exams.
If the vsd is big it might not be picked up by auscultation but should have lead to symptoms much earlier.
Dr. Matthias Peuster
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Dr. William Scott
Pediatrics - Cardiology
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In brief: No

A vsd is associated with a heart murmur from the blood that flows through it.
That murmur can usually be heard shortly after birth. Rarely the vsd is in a location that makes the murmur more difficult to hear, but it is very uncommon to first be noted in a teenager.

In brief: No

A vsd is associated with a heart murmur from the blood that flows through it.
That murmur can usually be heard shortly after birth. Rarely the vsd is in a location that makes the murmur more difficult to hear, but it is very uncommon to first be noted in a teenager.
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Sometimes

If the shunt fraction was low, the child may grow and thrive without severe symptoms unless challenged physically by peers.
Therefore unless an echocardiogram is obtained as part of a cardiology evaluation for competitive sports or because of a murmur, a small vsd may be discovered late specially is isolated.

In brief: Sometimes

If the shunt fraction was low, the child may grow and thrive without severe symptoms unless challenged physically by peers.
Therefore unless an echocardiogram is obtained as part of a cardiology evaluation for competitive sports or because of a murmur, a small vsd may be discovered late specially is isolated.
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