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What sort of problem is an atrio-ventricular septal defect?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatrics - Cardiology
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In brief: Complex ASD/VSD

Also known as an av canal, atrio-ventricular septal defectt is a type of congenital heart defect.
There is a an ASD and vsd together creating a defect in the center of the heart. There is also one common av valve , rather than 2 distinct valves (mitral and tricuspid valves). It is commonly but not necessarily associated with down syndrome. Surgical repair is required in infancy.

In brief: Complex ASD/VSD

Also known as an av canal, atrio-ventricular septal defectt is a type of congenital heart defect.
There is a an ASD and vsd together creating a defect in the center of the heart. There is also one common av valve , rather than 2 distinct valves (mitral and tricuspid valves). It is commonly but not necessarily associated with down syndrome. Surgical repair is required in infancy.
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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: VSD

Vsd is the abnormal communication through the wall separating the lower chambers (ventricles) allowing the abnormal mixing of oxygenated and un-oxygenated blood.
It may occur as a birth defect or result from a heart attack. It can result in heart failure but if it's very small, no treatment may be necessary. It is correctable with surgery.

In brief: VSD

Vsd is the abnormal communication through the wall separating the lower chambers (ventricles) allowing the abnormal mixing of oxygenated and un-oxygenated blood.
It may occur as a birth defect or result from a heart attack. It can result in heart failure but if it's very small, no treatment may be necessary. It is correctable with surgery.
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Very serious

It is a complex defect resulting from an endocardial cushion defect resulting in a deficiency of the septum primum and an av canal type of ventricular septal defect.
May have a cleft in the mitral. This results in large ammounts of blood to be shunted from the left to the right. May not be evident at birth sometimes but 2-3weeks later. Early repair life saving.

In brief: Very serious

It is a complex defect resulting from an endocardial cushion defect resulting in a deficiency of the septum primum and an av canal type of ventricular septal defect.
May have a cleft in the mitral. This results in large ammounts of blood to be shunted from the left to the right. May not be evident at birth sometimes but 2-3weeks later. Early repair life saving.
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