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Treatment depends on the severity of the defect and the specific symptoms. Medical care may include:
In general, the earlier symptoms develop, the more severe the disease.
Some patients may have either no symptoms or very mild symptoms. Others may worsen over time, developing blue coloring (cyanosis), heart failure, heart block, or dangerous heart rhythms.
A severe leakage can lead to swelling of the heart and liver, and congestive heart failure.
Other complications may include:
Call your health care provider if your child develops symptoms of this condition. Seek immediate medical attention if breathing problems occur.
Cyanotic Congenital Heart Defects. In: Park MK, Troxler RG, eds. Pediatric Cardiology for Practioners. 5th ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby, Inc; 2008: chap 14.
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