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If one sibling has a congenital heart defect, should all siblings get a heart echo?
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Not necessarily
This depends on the nature of the heart defect.
Some are picked up because there is a murmur that is significant. Usually siblings do not need an echo just because one does. If there is a genetic predisposition like in idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis then the siblings might all need to be checked out. That is easily determined by your physician and cardiologist.

In brief: Not necessarily
This depends on the nature of the heart defect.
Some are picked up because there is a murmur that is significant. Usually siblings do not need an echo just because one does. If there is a genetic predisposition like in idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis then the siblings might all need to be checked out. That is easily determined by your physician and cardiologist.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Dr. Steven Neish
Pediatrics - Cardiology
In brief: It depends
The answer depends on the likelihood of a genetic influence, and the likelihood of being able to diagnose with physical examination.
Some congenital heart defects, such as bicuspid aortic valve, are more likely to have a genetic influence and may be difficult to diagnose by examination. Others, such as a vsd, have low likelihood of genetic influence and high accuracy with diagnosis by exam.

In brief: It depends
The answer depends on the likelihood of a genetic influence, and the likelihood of being able to diagnose with physical examination.
Some congenital heart defects, such as bicuspid aortic valve, are more likely to have a genetic influence and may be difficult to diagnose by examination. Others, such as a vsd, have low likelihood of genetic influence and high accuracy with diagnosis by exam.
Dr. Steven Neish
Dr. Steven Neish
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Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Pediatrics - Cardiology
In brief: No
Have them seen by their pediatrician who might want to obtain an ecg, but if the medical history is unremarkable, the child has no symptoms and is growing well, the physical exam is normal and the ECG shows no problem there is usually no need for an echo.

In brief: No
Have them seen by their pediatrician who might want to obtain an ecg, but if the medical history is unremarkable, the child has no symptoms and is growing well, the physical exam is normal and the ECG shows no problem there is usually no need for an echo.
Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
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