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Suspected 2.2 mm VSD in 32 weeks fetus
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Suspected 2.2 mm VSD in 32 weeks fetus

In my 32 week routine check-up at the gynec's, she picked up a few missed heartbeats on the doppler and suggested that we do a fetal echo. In the fetal echo, the doctor thought she saw a 2.2 mm VSD initially but she was unable to reproduce the suspected hole in subsequent images though she tried doing the scan from various angles. In all other images, the hole wasn't visible at all. She picked up one missed beat in fetal echo but said the rhythm and heartbeat were regular. Heartbeat rate- 138 bpm. Apart from this, she said the structure of the heart looked good and the baby's growth was right on track too. She told us that she wasn't sure if there was a hole or not and that even if there was one, a hole this small would close by itself and will not lead to any problems. She suggested that we do an echo of the baby once it was delivered to rule out the possibility that the hole is there. The gynec agreed with her views and said there was no need to go to a pediatric cardiologist.

I want to know if a 2.2 mm VSD if present will cause any problems for the baby and what we need to do once the baby is born to make sure that all goes well. Please help.

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Hello and welcome to this site. The first thing you need to understand is that ALL babies are born with small holes in their hearts. This is normal and is a result of the baby's blood being allowed to be mixed with the mother's blood while still in the womb. A hole that small will close usually sometime during the 1st year of life and really isn't something to worry about. Take care
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