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Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
Tehran University of Medical Sciences Press
ISSN: 1018-4406
EISSN: 2008-2150
Vol. 21, No. 4, 2011, pp. 526-529
Bioline Code: pe11090
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
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Iranian Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 21, No. 4, 2011, pp. 526-529

 en Repetitive Delay in Diagnosis of Ventricular Septal Defect
Nikyar, Abdolrasoul; Nikyar, Zahra & Nikyar, Hadi

Abstract

Objective:Although ventricular septal defect (VSD) is the most common congenital heart disease, it is usually diagnosed late. The presentation of the disease is variable; sometimes it is so quiet and silent that might even improve and heal spontaneously, and in some certain cases if the appropriate, on time and early treatment is not done, this would lead to irreparable complications and mortality even in the early life period. This study reviews the diagnostic process, treatment and follow-up of the patients. It is hoped that the results of the present study be used to improve the patients' condition.
Methods: This was a cross-sectional study done on 145 patients with VSD during 54 months in Isfahan. The disease was identified through color Doppler echocardiogram, cardiac catheterization and angiography if necessary. The required data were collected at the time of definite diagnosis.
Findings: Mean age at initial and definite diagnosis of the disease was 17 months and 44 months, respectively. Heart murmur led to initial diagnosis in 85% of the cases. In 27.5% VSD was associated with other cardiac anomalies. Pulmonary artery hypertension existed in 16.5% of the cases. Fifty nine surgeries were performed on 40 patients.
Conclusion: In routine physical examination of the infants, the probability of heart disease should be considered; conducting echocardiogram in suspected cases would lead to early diagnosis and eventually timely treatment. Appropriate follow-up of the patients will provide optimal care and treatment at proper time.

Keywords
Ventricular Septal Defect; VSD; Diagnosis; Congenital Heart Disease

 
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