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Open heart surgery for 2 year old

A young girl is recovering well after open heart surgery to correct a congenital condition of unknown cause called atrial septal defect (ASD). She was initially diagnosed with pulmonary valve stenosis, a congenital condition where the outflow vessel of the heart is narrowed, obstructing the blood leaving the heart. After being reviewed by a pediatric cardiologist, due to recurrent ear infections, she was correctly diagnosed with ASD, a more concerning condition where the wall separating the upper chambers of the heart is absent. This allows for mixing of the oxygenated and deoxygenated blood and causes a bluish skin color, poor activity tolerance, and enlargement of the heart. Both conditions cause a heart murmur. Her early months of life were troubled by ill health, suffering a seizure at 2 months and subsequently being misdiagnosed with renal failure.

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About: Open heart surgery for 2 year old

Date: 2005

Source: The Clarion News

Author: Pam Huffman


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