Ventricular Septal Defect (cont.)
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Ventricular Septal Defect Treatment
In some children with ventricular septal defect, the defect will close on its own as the child grows.
If a larger ventricular septal defect is causing symptoms, your child's health care provider may prescribe medication.
Medications for Ventricular Septal Defect
Ventricular Septal Defect Surgery
Larger ventricular septal defects do not close as the child grows. If it does not close, closing the heart surgically is necessary.
Surgery is not usually performed in newborns because small defects will close spontaneously in a significant percentage. The surgery also is more risky in the first few months of life; the risk of death from the operation is higher in the first 6 months of life than later.
Researchers are testing devices that cover the defect, performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, not by open heart surgery.
Ventricular Septal Defect Follow-up
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/31/2015
Mark Merlin, DO, FACEP
Kathryn L Hale, MS, PA-C
Alan D Forker, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Jonathan Adler, MD
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