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HomeAnswersCardiologyatrial septal defectHow to manage acyanotic heart disease in a six month baby?

What is the treatment followed for acyanotic heart disease in a six month baby?

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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At December 30, 2018
Reviewed AtJuly 11, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My baby is six months old female. Recently, we did a 2D echo test, and the result came as acyanotic congenital heart disease. The report shows a small sized ostium secundum ASD with left to right shunt across the defect, approximately with a size of 8 mm. Why does it occur? What can I do now? Can medicine cure it? Does it require surgery? Please suggest.

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your child's report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is an atrial septal defect. Have a follow up till the age of one and a half to two years. There is 80 to 90 % chance for the defect to get closed by itself. If not, when the child attains a weight of 24 lbs, a decision can be made to close it either by a device or by open surgery (rarely required). There is no specific cause for this to occur and in some cases, it may be genetic.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vivek S Narayan Pillai
Dr. Vivek S Narayan Pillai

Cardiology

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