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Specific treatments for atrioventricular (AV) canal defect depend on the extent of the disease — which can range from a single defect to a full combination of defects (complete). AV canal is almost always treated by surgical repair of the defects. Medications may be helpful and improve symptoms until the operation is performed.
Most children undergo surgery by the age of three to six months. Children with Down syndrome may develop symptoms earlier than other children and may need to have surgery at an earlier age.
Treatments may include:
After your baby's operation and hospital stay (usually five to seven days), he'll need to be followed by a pediatric cardiologist, who will offer recommendations for post-operative follow-up care, including:
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