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Your child’s doctor will perform a complete exam and look for signs of ventricular septal defect (VSD), such as a heart murmur. The location within the chest that the murmur is heard best, as well as the loudness and quality of the murmur will give your child’s doctor an idea of which, if any, heart problem your child may have.
Your child’s doctor may also run some tests, including:
Small VSDs may not cause symptoms and not need treatment. In some cases, they may also close on their own as your child grows. Larger VSDs may need treatment or surgery.
Treatment options may include:
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