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Absent Pulmonary Valve -- Child

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by Neff DM
 

Diagnosis

The doctor will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Tests may include:
  • Echocardiogram —an imaging test that uses sound waves to look at the size, shape, and motion of the heart
  • Chest x-ray —an imaging test that uses low amounts of radiation to create an image of the chest
  • Electrocardiogram —a test that measures the electrical activity of the heart
  • MRI scan —a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of structures inside the chest
  • CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside the chest
  • Cardiac catheterization —a test that uses a catheter (tube) and x-ray machine to assess the heart and its blood supply
 

RESOURCES

American Family Physician
http://www.aafp.org/

American Heart Association
http://www.americanheart.org/

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Cardiovascular Society
http://www.ccs.ca/

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
http://ww2.heartandstroke.ca/splash/

 

References


American Heart Association. How your cardiologist diagnoses heart defects. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=152 . Updated May 19, 2009. Accessed July 7, 2010.


Cove Point Foundation. Absent pulmonary valve. Helen B. Taussig Children’s Heart Center, Johns Hopkins University website. Available at: http://www.pted.org/?id=absentpulmonaryvalve1 . Accessed July 7, 2010.


DynaMed Editors. Evaluation of the infant for congenital heart disease. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated April 14, 2010. Accessed July 7, 2010.


DynaMed Editors. Tetralogy of fallot. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated June 10, 2010. Accessed July 20, 2010.

 

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