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If your infant or child has been diagnosed with a patent foramen ovale (PFO), Children’s Hospital Boston can help you understand your child’s condition and cope with this relatively common congenital (present at birth) heart defect. Unlike many other heart defects, PFO in isolation (occurring by itself without other defects) usually causes no symptoms and doesn’t need treatment—making your child’s outlook for future health very positive.
How Children’s Hospital Boston approaches patent foramen ovale
Our team in Children’s Heart Center understands that a diagnosis of a PFO can be distressing for parents. It’s unlikely that your child will need treatment for an isolated PFO. But if further understanding or therapy is suggested, you can have peace of mind knowing that our doctors treat some of the most complex pediatric heart conditions in the world, with overall success rates approaching 98 + percent—among the highest in the nation among large pediatric cardiac centers.
Our clinicians will work closely with you to determine the right treatment plan for your child. We provide families with a wealth of information, resources, programs and support—before, during and after your child’s treatment. With our compassionate, family-centered approach to treatment and care, you and your child are in the best possible hands.
Patent foramen ovale: Reviewed by Michael Landzberg, MD
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