Q. My 3 months old baby has 6 mm ostium secundum ASD. Will it close without surgery?

Answered by
Dr. Isaac Gana
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 22, 2019

Hello doctor,

My baby boy is 3.5 months old. He was diagnosed with VSD when he was 2 months and his cardiologist asked for followup after a month. On out checkup his 3 mm VSD was closed, but the doctor discovered 6 mm ostium secundum ASD. He said that it can close spontaneously just like the VSD, so we have to check it after three months. We needed a second opinion so we consulted another cardiologist who echoed my baby and found out the same results, but he said that it is 6 mm superior secundum, but it will not close on its own cause of its position. Is it really true that my baby can get it closed only by open-heart surgery? I am worried about the scar and the side effects on my baby.

Dr. Isaac Gana



Welcome to iclniq.com.

I understand your worries. No need to worry all will be fine. From my experience, ASD (atrial septal defect) of 6 mm can still close by itself regardless of its position. I will advise you to wait till your baby is 6 months old to have him checked again before a decision can be made to operate on him. It is safer operating on older children than infants.

If it does not close, later on, scars would not be a problem. Scars will be minimal and be eliminated using cosmetic or plastic procedures. There is hardly any effects after surgery, he will live a normal life. I hope he gets better soon.

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