My son had 4 mm of VSD has been discoverd by doctor ECHO on the fisrst month ( 20 days )doctor not advise us for surgery or give him medicen his kg is 4.5 now and on the birth (first day) is 3.9kg , there is no lung problem showen in the xray which is taken in the same time with echo,
Please advise us for the issue or solutution
Without evaluating your son, I cannot say exactly what needs to be done for him at this point. He has a ventricular septal defect that is most likely relatively small, although it could be moderate in size. It can allow too much blood to recirculate to the lungs, which could cause him to have getting out of breath with feeds or getting sweaty with feeds. If this happens, he will need medicine to help him deal with this. This defect may be at the size where all it needs to do is to become smaller as he grows to limit the amount of blood going across it; it does not have to completely close. Therefore, you should continue routine evaluation with your pediatric cardiologist to make sure that he is eating and growing well. If the defect remains too big for him to continue growing and if he continues to have persistent symptoms despite medication therapy, he may need surgery to close the defect.
thanks doctor for replying on our quistion
doctor jeffery i mentioned here bellow more information and all details of the tow test xray and echo so may it help you to evaluating my son case and regarding the feeding it is good till date and sweeting may not but aim warry about the grwoing in weight so kindly we are waiting your opinion
checkup resuilt : 28-9-2012
ECHO TEST DATE :29-9-2012
XRAY TEST DAY :29-9-2012
the Ecko resuelt as mentioned bellow:
I V SEPTUM DIAST IS 0.6 CM
L V POST WAL DIAST IS 0.5 CM
PERICRDIUM IS NORMAL
MITRAL VALVW IS NOTMAL
AORTIC VALVE IS NORMAL
TRICUSPID VALVE IS NORMAL
PULMONIC VALVE IS NORMAL
LV VALVE IS NORMAL
LVEF IS 72 %
FS IS 38 %
LV WALLS MOTION IS NORMAL
1- NORMAL SITUS SOLITUS ,
2-NORMAL RELATED GREAT ARTERIES.
3-MODERATE SIZE MEMN=BRANOUS VSD EXTENDED TO INLET =4 MM WITH LEFT TO RIGHT SHUNT.
4-NORMAL SYSTOLIC LV FUNCTION AND WALL MOTION
5-NORAML PULLMONARY AND AORTA(NO PS,NO PDA,NO COARCTATION)
6-NORMAL CARDIAC VALVES MORPHOLOGY AND FUNCTION
MODEARTE SIZE VSD
THE X-RAY RESUILT
NO FOCAL LUNG PATHELOGY COULD SEEN( CXR A.P VIEW)
so kindly advise us what to do for him he is the first baby after waiting 6 years
is there agood chance for close it by the life time or should meake surgery
wieght at the 1 st day 3.9 kg
after 20 days is 4.00 kg
the docors here suggested to do the seconed checkup after the 2 next week for following up his case
Your son's defect is identical to what our daughters was: membranous VSD with extension into the inlet. We were told that VSDs affecting the inlet have a lower chance of closing on their own, in fact our daughter's cardiologist had given us a 0% chance of avoiding surgery. However, her's was also large, and she had a second defect: an ASD. She was in heart failure by a week of age, and required medications and a feeding tube. However... by some miracle, her VSD closed, and she didn't require surgery. She was on medications until almost 7 months of age, and the VSD finally closed around 17 months.
It is a bit worrisome that after 20 days, the weight is just barely above birthweight. However, I cannot make a judgment based on an echo report alone, and this forum is not the place to evaluate patients who have not been evaluated personally by me. Your doctor will need to continue to assess your son and determine what medical or surgical intervention needs to occur. However, if you feel that you are not getting the answers to your questions, you should consider a second opinion.
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