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Ventricular Septal Defect

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Question: i want to know how the future holds for a child with down syndrome and ventricular septal defect ? I got a daughther who has down syndrome with vsd(ventricular septal defect).She is 5 years old april 23,2006.Her weight is only 13 KG.She has a very high problem of breathing specially at night.The thing that I wanted to be clear is what I possibly expect in the future.I am for example worried about her weight.She looks like a 2 years old.

Answer: Many children with Down's Syndrome have heart problems and ventricular septal defect is one of the commonest heart defects in all children. Often the hole will close on its own but as your daughter is five this obviously hasn't happened. If a child with this problem is not putting on weight they can be given high calorie food and feed through a nasal gastric tube. This defect can be operated on. Has this been suggested? Success rates are as high as 99% in some hospitals.

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