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30 wks fetus having vsd mwassuring 3mm to 5mm
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30 wks fetus having vsd mwassuring 3mm to 5mm

dear Dr,

  i'm 30 wks pregnant and i did fetal echo, in that they found that there is a "perimembrous VSD meassuring 3-5mm in size" and rest all structures normal.  i'm verymuch anxious about this. dr. it will close spontaneously? whar r the treatment of options for this. waiting for your reply as yearly as posiible.

thanking you
BG.
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Dear BG,

Without seeing your baby's echo, I cannot tell you for sure what will happen with this defect.  In a 30 week fetus, a 3 to 5 mm ventricular septal defect is at least moderate in size.  Your baby should have no problems in utero, but may have problems if the defect remains relatively moderate in size by delivery.  The problems typically don't occur until 1-2 months after the baby is born, with congestive heart failure symptoms (difficulty breathing or sweating with feeds). . However, if the defect is small, your baby should have no symptoms.  The defect does have a chance of closing, so it should be followed by a pediatric cardiologist.
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