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<< Congenital Heart Disease In Pediatric Patients: Recognizing The Undiagnosed And Managing Complications In The Emergency Department

Summary

CHD includes a spectrum of anatomic malformations of the heart and great vessels, and while many defects are identified prenatally through fetal ultrasound or diagnosed in the newborn period prior to discharge from the hospital, some CHD may not manifest with signs and symptoms until the infant or child is older. The emergency clinician must maintain a high index of suspicion in these rare cases, as the clinical picture of undiagnosed CHD can be nonspecific, can mimic other common and benign childhood disease, or can present in a child in extremis. Undiagnosed CHD may present with signs of shock in neonates with ductal-dependent cardiac malformations in the first weeks of life. 

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