Ostium Secundum Atrial Septal Defects Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Sep 12, 2019
  • Author: Ira H Gessner, MD; Chief Editor: Syamasundar Rao Patnana, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Important considerations

It is important for primary care physicians to identify abnormal cardiac physical examination findings.

Surgical or catheter mishaps may raise medicolegal concerns, especially if the operator is inexperienced in treating congenital heart defects.

Special concerns

Pregnancy does not involve an altered risk after successful closure of a secundum atrial septal defect, even with a persistent residual small shunt. Women with an unoperated and uncomplicated defect generally tolerate pregnancy well.

Differential Diagnoses