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Complications Of Surgically Repaired/ Palliated Congenital Heart Disease

Though this issue focuses primarily on the emergency care of neonates and infants with undiagnosed CHD, reviews suggest that the majority of children presenting to the ED for emergency care have known CHD and are in various stages of surgical repair or palliation.24,26 Most patients with previously diagnosed CHD present to the ED with common childhood illnesses such as upper respiratory tract infections or gastroenteritis; however, their underlying physiology often makes them susceptible to decompensation in the setting of increased pulmonary vascular resistance in respiratory tract infection, hypovolemia from vomiting or diarrhea, or fever.

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