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Diagnosing heart defects in children

Congenital heart defects in children might be detected during pregnancy or just after birth, but if they are mild, they may not be detected until later. There are a number of tests that might detect a congenital heart defect. An echocardiography uses soundwaves and may detect a heart defect in a fetus at 18 to 22 weeks of pregnancy. It can also be used to track the progress of a heart defect and help a Pennsylvania doctor decide what kind of treatment is appropriate.

An EKG checks for an enlarged heart chamber and examines the speed and regularity of heartbeats. An X-ray also can indicate an enlarged heart as well as whether there is extra fluid or blood flow in the lungs. A pulse oximetry involves attaching a sensor to the toe or finger to check the amount of oxygen in the blood. With a cardiac catheterization, a medical professional threads a tube into a vein and the heart. Injecting dye allows the veins to show up on an X-ray.

A doctor may also observe symptoms that suggest a congenital heart defect. Cyanosis refers to a blue tint on lips, skin or fingernails and could indicate a heart defect. Rapid breathing or shortness of breath might also point to a heart defect.

The failure to diagnose a congenital heart defect could have serious consequences for a child. Parents who are concerned that this has happened might wonder whether a legal remedy would be appropriate. If they can demonstrate that the failure to diagnose occurred because of negligence and caused harm, then a civil suit might be successful. For example, a doctor may have ignored signs such as cyanosis or failed to order additional tests despite other symptoms.

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