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grandson chest x-ray

My 2 month old grandson went to pediatric doctor. said he had a heart murmur. sent him for chest x-ray results say PULMONARY VASCULAR PROMINENCE  SUGGEST A LEFT TO RIGHT SHUNT .
What does this mean????
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We've had a couple of these in my family.  It usually means the child has a small hole in their heart, known as a Septal Defect.  Some need to be closed surgically, some don't need closed, just watched.  Outlook is usually excellent with proper treatment either way.

Read more by keyword searching

Atrial Septal Defect or Ventricular Septal Defect

Or go to the American Heart Association links for each here:

ASD: http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=11065

VSD: http://americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=11066

Of those in my family, one of them needed surgical repairing and the others did not.  Everyone is doing excellent with absolutely no complications and all are well into adulthood now.


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My brother had it when he's small.  Dr said give him a lot of fish oil.  His one closed by itself.  Now he is 39, no health problem yet.

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