Aug 31, 2012

Ventricular septal defect (VSD)

Many babies born with a small ventricular septal defect won't ever need to have the defect surgically closed. After birth, your doctor may want to observe your baby and treat any symptoms while waiting to see if the defect will close on its own.

Children and adults who have a ventricular septal defect that is large or is causing significant symptoms usually need surgery to close the defect. If your baby has a ventricular septal defect that needs surgical repair, the procedure will likely be scheduled in your baby's first year of life.

By Mayo Clinic staff

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