My ten month granddaughter went in fro her baby shots last weeek. While there the doctor noticed a silent mumur and sent them on to have a chest exray and a ekg. The exray was done first and it shows enlarged blood vessels around the heart. The EKG showed a fast beating heart, but they think that may have been from having to hold her down for the test. We are being sent on to see a cadiologist. My questioned is what causes the blood vessels to be enlarge and waht will they do about it. Her mother did not know she was pregrant until the day the baby was delivered. The baby was around 38 week and born completely healthy, waying 6 pound 11 ounces and 18 inches long. The mother did not have any pre-natal care. We would just like to know a little more about enlarged blood vessels and what to expect next.
Based upon the limited information that you have provided, I cannot say for sure what is going on with your granddaughter. There are both veins and arteries that attach to the heart, and if any of them are enlarged, it could represent abnormal blood flow in those vessels. That would usually be due to holes in the heart, or some type of blockage. Additionally, it could all be artifact if she was not cooperative for the x-ray and the quality of the study was less than optimal. Have her see the pediatric cardiologist, and if they feel it is indicated, an echocardiogram may help sort out the structure and function of the heart. If the child has been growing well these past 10 months that is a good sign, and the lack of prenatal care, although disturbing, is not likely to have an influence here. If the child's mother used certain drugs or drank alcohol excessively during the pregnancy, those things can be associated with congenital heart problems.
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