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My mind is racing. What does it mean if a girl has atrioventricular septal defect?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatrics - Cardiology
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In brief: Congenital defect

Also known as an av canal, it is a type of congenital heart defect.
There is a an ASD and vsd together creating a defect (hole) 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: Congenital defect

Also known as an av canal, it is a type of congenital heart defect.
There is a an ASD and vsd together creating a defect (hole) 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. Eric Toloza
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Dr. Mario Mato-Cruz:

Atrioventricular canal is a very complex congenital endocardial cushion defect that consist of a primum atrial septal defect and a av canal type of ventricular septal defect.
May be associated with a cleft mitral valve. Surgical repair is the treatment. The timing will depend on severity of shunting, the presence or absence of a concomitant right ventricular outflow obstruction and other factors.

In brief: Dr. Mario Mato-Cruz:

Atrioventricular canal is a very complex congenital endocardial cushion defect that consist of a primum atrial septal defect and a av canal type of ventricular septal defect.
May be associated with a cleft mitral valve. Surgical repair is the treatment. The timing will depend on severity of shunting, the presence or absence of a concomitant right ventricular outflow obstruction and other factors.
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