Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) pediatric research and clinical trials

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Contact the Congenital Heart Valve Program

Children with a ventricular septal defect often have small pulmonary valves that need to be repaired. The standard treatment is to put a patch across the valve, but that can often leave a child with a leaky valve.

Innovative solutions for ventricular septal defect

To tackle the problem of having to repeatedly fix leaky valves in children with VSD, doctors at Boston Children’s began a program aimed at trying to preserve the pulmonary valve using angioplasty valve enlargement in the operating room. This method helps avoid use of the transanular patch, which often breaks down as a child gets olds. So far, Children’s has performed more than 60 angioplasty valve enlargement procedures, and the incidences of failing patches has decreased from 70 percent to 30 percent.

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